Thursday, January 17, 2008


Grocery store. 5:20pm weekday. Thursday to be precise. Express check out lane. Three middle aged men.

First already paying, groceries bagged.

Second juggling several boxed and plastic containers along with three cardboard carriers of 4 bottle variety pack of cheap cheap cheap wine. No basket. No cart.

Third. Has placed groceries on floor as he crouches and digs for wallet. Six pack high end dark beer. Large packet of shrink wrapped gormet lunch meat. Ham, smoked. No basket. No cart.

All three stare at me as I pass. Yes, I am the only woman here not juggling a child or a walker. No basket. No cart. I came for gummybears.

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