They are everywhere like an irritating rash, popping up like zits and getting in yer face as well as in your way.
We made the mistake of going shopping after we failed to get the paint we wanted for touching up. The guy was most helpful though and got us the code number so that we could order on line, but it’s not a postal service and we would have to travel 40 miles to collect it! We have a plan B which will be executed tomorrow. At the rate we’re going, we’ll be doubling the mileage on the car in months!!
There are also roadworks everywhere, and we are convinced this is some ploy by the council road maintenance department to piss off locals as well as visitors. Today we got stuck in three way lights which wouldn’t normally be a problem, except they were all RED and stayed red! I resent being tooted at by the way. We knew a different route to come home, but it added mileage.
Anyway, our shop of choice was busy and we were glad to get out of it, though we were able to get almost everything on our list. What we couldn’t was a local job.
Visitors seem to love everything we do here as the shelves were depleted of most of our regular items, though other than Flora margarine which was sold out, again, they weren’t needed today. I was looking for something in the chiller section for my lunch and a woman was getting really huffy behind me. I turned on her and said angrily ‘I LIVE HERE!’
This is not like me, but the arrogance and ignorance of these invaders to our turf who show no respect or consideration to locals really gets up my nose.
Even the floor staff were commenting that it was all visitors today as nobody recognised a familiar face, plus the dead give away of course is that visitors are a maskless society whereas us locals abide by the rules, when we can.
There were kids whining in the aisles, and at the self checkout queue, morons with full trolleys were holding up the line as well as blocking everyone else’s exit. Two kids were arguing over something and knocked Mum’s wine on the floor where it shattered. I hope she had to pay for it, ungracious bitch that I am.
The town had had enough though as there was a power failure! The Co-op computer system crashed so they had to close shop, and also shut the Post Office. The outside ATM wouldn’t accept a card because someone had jammed something in the slot, and one of the larger shops also had a power outage, but lucky for me I could get a balance from the bank ATM which appeared to be on a different set of light bulbs.
It’s been one of the worst days for shopping ever, even taking into account Christmas and last year when visitors were in denial and no-one gave a hoot.
The last time I felt this drained was after my mastectomy, and to emphasise that, I had an hour’s nap on the sofa this afternoon which is something I also haven’t done since October 2019!
Sadly I think it’s only going to get worse.
The tension from your trip to the shops is not to be envied.
We can avoid the shops for a while so can regroup our sanity and patience!!
Ah Di, I am so sorry that you have had such a rough day. The mask mandate was lifted by the state but local counties, cities, and businesses can still require masks. There are altogether too many people without masks in the stores. We ran to the discount grocery and picked up a couple of items and the new cashier said our total was$265.25! We had to check the register tape and found an item charged at $250.25! Seems she fat fingered and forgot to enter an item (for 0.25) and proceeded to enter the next one (also 0.25) to give us an enormous bill. We were able to sort it out. Still it was a horrendous shock though…. Still not as bad as your experience.
Wow. A least you found the error quickly.
masks here are still mandatory in shops, though no-one seems to be enforcing it. They have made the aisles wider though, but visitors still crowd and hem you in. Glad we don’t need to do any major shopping for a t least a month now. Hope to get the paint issue sorted tomorrow, then that will be our field trips done. At least we are getting used to the car!
Our day has been equally draining 💜💜
I am sure there will be light at the end of your tunnel as it is always darkest just before the dawn.
Hope so Jim. We shall not be venturing far if we don’t have to.
I don’t think we’ll be going on staycation this year – at least not until the Benidorm brigade is able to travel to Benidorm again.
That does sound very draining! I’d hate to be in your shoes! ❤
We are planning to stay home as much as possible now that we’ve done all our running around. We need a rest!!
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