Making sense

Anne Lamott, on writing ...

"We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little. But we do. We have so much we want to say and figure out.”

Monday, January 19, 2009

Yes! A "found" grocery list

There must be something wrong with me that I delight in discovering someone's left-behind-in-the-cart shopping list. It's just so ... so ... real, the idea that we're all connected by/through food and beverage and light bulbs, that someone else was using my shopping cart before me, and that someone else would be using that same cart after me. I know this sounds a bit odd. Anyone else enjoy perusing some other shopper's list?
Found Jan. 18, 2009, at a Target in Kansas City North; half a sheet of "Colorado" memo pad, a snow-capped mountain heading the narrow paper; the list reads exactly as such:

1/2 & 1/2
Dish Brush
lite Bulbs

Part of me wants to create a bogus list and then purposely leave it behind. Something like:

Weight Watchers frozen entrees
Chocolate bars (quantity 12)
Feminine hygiene products
Ben & Jerry's Phish Food (quantity 5)

Now who wouldn't want to find that list? Or, better yet, follow the woman out and invite her to an impromptu Bunco gathering.
I once had this delightful Price Chopper cashier ring me up, a middle-aged bespectacled gal, and with nearly item she scanned a comment came with it.
"Oh, I see you make your lasagna with ricotta, not cottage cheese. Good for you. As my Grand-Nana Bernadette always said, the "ri-cotha" is worth every penny. ... I've tried this brand of garlic bread ... a bit too greasy for me, if you know what I mean. Do you make your meatballs half Italian (she pronounced this like "Eye-talian") sausage, half ground round?"
Instead of being annoyed with her, I liked the conversation.


Blame It On Nik said...

I used to work at Whole Foods Market in college - one of my fellow cashiers used to collect people shopping list. I think for quite the same reason you delight in finding them. But she would also actively proofread them - something I thought was a bit irritating.

Audrey said...

Or 12 bottles of Tequila
3 boxes of diapers
3 boxes of babywipes
12 jars babyfood
2 cases of beer

How scary would THAT be?!

Bee said...

I like grocery lists, too -- for the same reason. This nosiness (curiousity?) about my fellow creatures also leads me to inspect the contents of shopping trolleys . . .

I've never had an English cashier comment on my purchases . . . but we nearly always exchange feedback on the weather!

word verification: baggale

bag of ale (as per Audrey's suggestion?)