If you want to find out where all old people go in my neighborhood, (and why wouldn’t you?) look no farther than Nob Hill Grocery Store. (Otherwise known as Nob Over the Hill Grocery Store).
I shop there because they carry all the geezer stuff we aging boomers have to have to ward off heart disease, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, lactose intolerance, high cholesterol, warts and gangrene.
Judging from the age of the shopping crowd at Nob Hill, every day is senior discount day.
This means there’s a lot of oblivion happening in the isles which takes the form of obstruction.
Either there’s a motorized cart blocking the aisle you want to go down or an aging big-butt boomer (me) blocking the cold case you want to reach in.
Which is perfectly fine as long as you don’t have too much to grab and you don’t have to be anywhere, in particular, until next summer.
Besides, I don’t want to go shopping for no-sugar-added chocolate chip mint ice cream all over town when I’m sure Nob Hill will have it. Which means I find myself paying practically twice as much for ordinary foodstuffs like Cheerios or pop. (In case you’re not that old, pop is an old-fashioned word for sarsaparilla.)
So I can never get in and out of Nob Hill for under $100 — even if I’m just dashing in to pick up a carton of unsweetened, vanilla-flavored, almond milk.
Checking out is pleasant enough — if not a teeny condescending.
The checkers tend to speak a little too loud, and take the items out of the cart for you. (But I suspect only to avoid having to call 911 should some unfortunate boomer’s back suddenly seize up).
Also, the checkers tend to give you a lot of instructions on which buttons to push when sliding your card. “Push the green button now.” “Do you see the green button?” “Push the green button.” “Can you say green?”
Yesterday, when the Bagger and I were trying to find my car in the parking lot, he suggested I do what all their other slightly-senile customers do – click my car alarm.
I wanted to say, “Hey buster! I’m that old yet!” but didn’t because apparently I’m too old to know how to turn on my car alarm using my key thingy.
In fact, I don’t even know if I have a car alarm. I didn’t tell him that though. I do have my pride.
Until Next time . . . I love you