Tuesday, June 10, 2008

It is almost 2am, on Monday night and I was abruptly woken up from my deep slumber... but the sheriff yelling "all of you put your hands up" on his loudspeaker. Now, I love the fact that crackheads are getting arrested/questioned/my alley is getting cleaned up... I really do. Just wish I were still sleeping...

I have been super busy with work as of late. We have a lot of cool things going on, and the start up is really starting to take off... but as most people that work for start-ups know... lots of work to do, never enough people to do it!

I should blog about my Sunday... My Montreal friend Peter came by with Starbucks, bless his heart... I dig the Cinnamon Dolce Skinny - and that is what he got me! We drove to South Center, ate at Red Robin - which pulled tomatoes because of this salmonella outbreak... and that is why restaurants, even chains, should only use local organic foods...

After that we went shopping at random stores, bought random stuff, I declined to impulse buy too much, which is good. The stores were crowded, lots of people meandering around and bumping into me!

And then came the reason why we were down south... Walmart. Well, anyone that knows me and my habits knows a few things... 1 - I hate Walmart and everything it stands for... and 2 - I hate shopping when there are large crowds... I have been to Walmart maybe 4 times in my life? Where I grew up they are sparse, you have to go way south or way west... and I just don't like Walmart. Often when camping though, you are forced to go to one, as it is the only store for miles. And silly me, I wanted this specific vacuum cleaner, and it has been discontinued for an upgraded model, and the current model was sold out pretty much everywhere in the country, except - Renton's Walmart.

The experience first started with us somehow getting lost. Then I called Walmart to see where they were located... um, the first chick says... right across from Renton Honda, so I say... where is Renton Honda. She says Rainier Ave S. I ask for the cross street, she transfers me. What? How do you not know the cross street?? So, the 2nd chick picks up... I ask again, she says... across from Renton Honda. What??? So, I say... where is Renton Honda located? She says Rainier Ave... I ask, do you know the cross street... she had to ask someone next to her... then she was able to tell me. How do you not know where you work, and why does Walmart have people answering the phones that do not know the location??

Then we finally get there... and oh my goodness, so many people! You cannot get through, everyone was walking slow, leaving their carts in the way, misbehaving children running in front of you, just honestly, a bit chaotic. In addition, the store is merchandised in a way that reminds me of a garage sale. I get what I need, including face wash. Now, the face wash made me realize why people might shop at Walmart... it was 2 dollars cheaper ($6 down from $8) that it usually is at most stores. Now I usually buy it when it's on sale for $6, but that is a sale, this was Walmart's normal price... so I can see why people would chose to shop here, especially after my last post.. but for me... my sanity and staying in the city, rather than driving to Renton is not worth the 20-25 percent savings.

So, I am already a bit panicky, because... well, it is chaotic... so I go to pay. Oh my, lines, lines, lines... Finally, I choose a self check out. We got a dirty look and lectured by the chick that worked there because we didn't put the vacuum on the sensor, just left it in the cart after scanning. It's too big, but yet, she was rude to us about it. Well, then I go to pay... and it wouldn't take credit card number 1. I know there is money on it, so I try again... Won't take... Then I try card number 2, now I know there is a lot of money on this one... It won't take... What? Finally, it takes it on the 3rd try.

Moral of my story... do not go to Walmart.

After that, we came to my apt, dropped off the stuff... then went to Umi Sake House for happy hour. Always makes me feel better! Though the bar area got really crowded as we were about to leave and people kept bumping into me as I sat in my stool, which was totally the theme of my day... go figure...

Oh, I did see a funny sign in Renton...

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