Most people just go through their lives, and they hardly pay attention to what’s going on around them. Personally, I think this is the wrong way to live. Now then, let me ask you a question; do you know the people in your neighborhood? Do you know the people who work in your local grocery store – do you know them by name? You should, just like you should know your postal worker, local nonprofit executives, local business owners, and the people running your city.
When was the last time you went out of your way to learn a little bit more about the people that are running your community?
The other day, someone contacted me from my past. Someone I haven’t talked to in 20 years, thanks to the Internet, they found me online, and told me that they now work in a grocery store as a butcher. Out here in California we have Ralph’s grocery stores amongst others such as; Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, and etc. Why not listen to the dialogue below, as an example of perhaps what you are missing, and letting slip by your observational radar in your own community;
I like Ralphs, our butcher at our local store is very nice and the guys in the Sea Food department are cool, our bakery lady sure works hard, the produce guys are really cool, I wait for the mark downs there. I usually go after 9 PM for the discounts on the colossal chickens, I love those pre-made burritos, do you have them there too? I know all the checkers and bag people, they are cool. I still sometimes go to Albertson’s and we have Stater Bros. here along with Trader Joe’s for some things, but I like Ralphs the best, our Ralphs is one of those high-end types stores, it’s pretty upscale with a coffee shop inside, salad bar, etc. Ralphs kicks butt. russian store
And, we have a really nice wine section, and they carry Boar’s Head sausages, meat products, all high-end, all kinds of cheeses, and exotic stuff, I mean this place rocks. Everyone here loves it. They are redoing the produce floor this week, but couldn’t make it last Monday, screwed up due to time change and were supposed to come at midnight on Sunday, but didn’t tell the manager that they thought that meant 12AM Monday, instead of Sunday, so the produce guy, not the regular guy told me the whole story, as they purposely skipped a shipment and the produce dept, for the first time ever was practically empty, total screw up, sometimes vendors are a joke.
Last time one of the checkers Bobby told me that the lighting, surveillance they were putting, had the wrong electric connections took them several days, totally screwed up the flow. I am glad you guys didn’t go on strike over that $45 co-pay deal with healthcare (is that correct, that’s what one of the checkers explained to me), because customers would have been pissed since there are so many layoffs out there these days. The local TV tried to interview me in the damn parking lot about what I thought about the impending strike, I’m like “give me a break – don’t you people have better things to do, what slow news day?” ha ha ha. Too funny.
I like Ralphs – that is a great place to work indeed. Congratulations on being a butcher, just keep all your fingers! I guess working in the air-conditioning in the Valley sure pays off, smart thinking.