The week gone by — Aug. 16

I wondered what Suzi could have done for her to say I was going to be very disappointed in her.

Turns out, when she was shopping that morning, she went through the 8-items-or-less line with 12 items, which she knew was a pet peeve of mine from my days working in a grocery store.

It’s also really out of character for her, but she explained that she only did it because the cashier beckoned her, so I let it go … this time.

“My feet advance, as if I were in an airport on a moving walkway. Everything around me seems to still. I walk over to the unmasked man. ‘Excuse me, sir, I need to ask you to put on a mask. It’s a store requirement.’

‘I already talked to your manager,’ he says, smirking. ‘I have a medical condition.’”

— “The Grocery Stories: Unmasking the unmasked,” Mary Ann D’Urso, The Boston Globe

I have always said that “The customer is always right” is a perfectly good philosophy, except that the customers eventually learned it.

“A few minutes later, my manager is nearby. My colleague calls out to him, ‘What’s with the guy not wearing a mask?’

He repeats the man’s words. He says that in these situations, management was instructed to let unmasked people shop.”

It’s bad enough that we weren’t allowed to tell people who thought 12 cans of soup counted as one item that they were in the wrong line, but that’s not literally a potential life-and-death matter.

Management shouldn’t leave this up to the employees, and if employees do have to deal with it, they should have their backs.


We can be ‘on-brand,’ but we’re not actually ‘brands’ — Plus other words that annoy me, and answers to other questions!

A fear I managed to overcome — Ziplines are still a no for me, but I’ve made progress in other areas.

Looks like I won’t miss much — A list of things people may not be able to do after the pandemic included a lot of things I don’t do, anyway.


Not your usual travel stories — Find out what landed on my Mount Rushmore of dumb husband moves, and listen to some more unusual travel tales!


The post about “brands” was part of a challenge, and I invited other people to answer the question “When times are tough, how do you cope?” Becky and Rosie shared their thoughts.

The family adventures continue for the Smelly Socks and Garden Peas crew.

Renata realizes passion does have its limits. (And who knew she inspired The New Yorker?)

Rachel found a baseball field in a tiny town.

I know next to nothing about snooker, but Bianca got to go to a sporting event and so I’m jealous.

Savannah had a fun staycation with her family.

Cass tried float therapy.

Lindsay loves Edinburgh, and even though I’ve only spent a couple days there, so do I.

Bex had a nice anniversary celebration.

Vee has an … interesting … coworker. Seriously, I don’t know how management would let him do this.

Claire shares thoughts on turning 30.



Never let your ego write checks it can’t cash.

Sounds like a plan.


They are glorious!

Blowing is a bit weird, but whatever. But not having ice cream for two years?

I just want to know why everything hurts longer.

Hasn’t worked that way for me. Anyone else have better luck?

Photo of a woman shopping responsibly by Anna Shvets on


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