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Saturday, September 30, 2006

odd turn of events

I headed to Costco this morning, and got depressed. The Christmas stuff is already up for sale. It's not even October. They had a guy trying to sell a home karaoke system; he was singing Elvis tunes. Are you lonesome tonight? I stayed far away.

Then, I headed to Home Depot, hoping to get a particular shade of yellow. They already had a line at the paint counter, with only one person working. I didn't feel like waiting.

I strolled over to the garden center, thinking about brightening my little yard. An elderly Latino man working there greeted me as I walked by. I browsed and was inspecting the dwarf lemon tree, green lemons already growing. The man was coming back by, carrying a broom and dustpan. He stopped, said something to me and indicated the dustpan. A dead rat lay inside and he flopped it around a bit. Why did he do that?

I left.

17 comments:

SongBird said...

Unbelievable!! Maybe the elderly man was warning you that anything you purchased might be rat infested! As for Christmas items....I have no doubt that soon we will see autumn/Halloween stuff immediately following July 4th displays and Christmas displays will coincide with back-to-school.

willowtree said...

Now wasn't that much better than going to some stuffy old museum or art gallery.

Laura said...

Well, at least you weren't in a restaurant.

And it is a rule. When you need something, there is always just one salesperson and ten customers. The salesperson is usually a slow mo person.

I get a little sick in Home Depot, it smells like work to me.

Matt said...

Oh, foreign people are just fucking weird, aren't they? Oh, wait... never mind.

Man, he was proud of that, wasn't he? I... I don't even know what to tell ya. I had an encounter w/ this Latino guy sweeping up at a gas station and even though he was the supervisor there I had to just tell myself, "Matt, this man was wearing a gold chain and has a broom as a tool of trade."

It's like a dog barking at you. Don't be offended by what's happening in the dog community.

Btw, I go by when Starbucks begins the holiday season: a week before Halloween.

Jesus Christ. It's coming isn't it? Oh wait, I just put a counter on my blog to that effect.

C. said...

Songbird, Maybe I should have gotten rat poison!! it just mystifies me..the whole thing was surreal.

Willow, (grin) you are always good the down-undah viewpoint, aintcha!!!

Laura, I learned to make my peace with HD when I owned my house...granted...I still don't know so much but i like it..minus dead rodents...

matt, hey! watch it gringo...that's just dread-ful!
I really don't know what his reasoning was, it felt like the twilight zone...I love your Countdown Calendar...it reminds me how long until I can go home again. I just can't believe they're selling all the Xmas stuff already! UGH!! I guess just look busy, no?

C said...

How weird that he flopped the dead rat around. Seems like he was being a turd. Hate men like that.

C. said...

c, oh, I haven't heard that expression in a while...I should have told him that...quit being a turd!

Swampwitch said...

You should have bought some Christmas garland at Costco, and can of yellow spray paint at Home Depot along with a rat trap. . . then decorated the lemon tree with the garland and given the Latino man the rat trap, and left singing
"Lemon Tree Very Pr-e-e-ty"

C. said...

swampwitch, you are a riot! lol!!

Matt said...

Hey, I didn't mean to knock foreigners--was just busting your chops.

I had the bestest conversation w/ this young foreign man at the CVS the other day (not sure if I mentioned it).

He said there was a need for more respect for Guns 'N Roses and the Freddie Mercury from the Queen.

I had to agree.

C. said...

Matt, I know...I was being silly and making a bad pun about the dreads...I didn't take any offense at all..I was too busy laughing!

Karmyn R said...

Maybe he wanted you to take a picture of it for proof! hee hee

C. said...

I saw enough rats, dead and alive, in Baltimore!! at least this was a Cali rat...with it's tan and surfboard in tow! haha..

Anonymous said...

maybe he wanted to do lunch.

C. said...

Anonymous, well there's a new diet for ya!

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