Tuesday, July 13, 2010
15 Minute Set Up...But Ya Gotta Buy It First
So I'm at the grocery store (yes, again!). It's about 1:00 am and my quiet yet calculating daughter is with me. Don't even ask how and why that occurred. It's a blog in itself. But it's an emergency run for milk and tortilla chips.
The kids have been wanting to buy a pool. You know, the cheap, above ground kind that will only last one season. They even had a garage sale to raise the money.And since my garage is still full of the crap we couldn't sell, while I'm at the store, I snatch up a bunch of discarded produce boxes to use to pack up all the garage sale leftovers.
So the quiet and calculating daughter (hereafter referred to as QC) sees this new display of pools discounted by about $100 with your Dillon's Card. Having scoured the city the previous weekend for a pool in their price range, she decides we have to buy it NOW. They'll be sold out by morning.
At this time of night, only the self-serve check-outs are open. And tonight, of course, they are all malfunctioning. So we and about six other patrons wait for the one and only clerk who is on another register checking out some off-clock employee. Which takes FOREVER. At least it seems like that when you are holding five flattened produce boxes. You know, there's just no easy way to hold on to those things.
Guy behind us: "Hey, you need some boxes?"
Me: "Nope. I got some boxes."
Guy: "I've got some more. Their bigger. I'd be glad to let you have them."
Me: "Thanks but if they are too big I won't be able to lift them when they're full."
Guy: "Are you sure? I could get you those boxes. They're about this high (gestures to his waist) and they held..."
Me: (Stopped listening).
FINALLY the one and only clerk tells us we have to go back over to the self-check-out. We explain the situation. Flustered, she scurries over to fix the problem. Which takes FOREVER. At least it seems like that when you're holding 5 flattened produce boxes. We tell her we want to get a pool and she freezes.
Clerk: "I don't know how to do that. Hold on. I have to call someone."
Then she proceeds to help Box Guy, who, as he's leaving assures me he can bring by those boxes if I want him to. Keep walkin', Mr Box Man. Then she helps a couple other people. THEN, she makes the call.
Clerk: "Okay, I think I know how to do that. But you'll have to pick it up tomorrow. There's no one here to get it from the back."
Fine. In the mean time, High-as-a-Kite-Dreadlock-kid comes into buy sweet cigars. Which the clerk doesn't know how to do. So she has to call someone. Which takes FOREVER, especially when you're holding...oh, nevermind.
It's our turn, at last. We scan the Dillon's card, but something is amuck. We scan again. And again.
In the meantime, Dreadlocks is back and he's brought Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum with him. Only I would never call them that to their faces, because I think they have both killed for lesser offenses. It seems Dreadlocks got the wrong flavor cigar. Tweedle Dee crosses his arms over his barrel chest and scowls at Clerk and me and QC. I shiver. Creepy. Tweedle Dum paces back and forth like he's gonna freakin' explode if he's doesn't get his freakin' cigar in like the next 10 seconds.
Clerk: "I don't know how to do a return or an exchange. I'm gonna have to call someone." Imagine that!
Me: (Loud throat Clearing)
Clerk: "It would probably be easier if I finish up with you, first, huh?"
Probably so, Einstien.
FINALLY, four cards scans later, we are the proud owners of a pool. Which we will pick up tomorrow. Tweedle Dum is about to blow and Tweedle Dee won't quit staring at us. Dreadlocks is nervously sweating. Sorry dudes, you are NOT getting invited to the Pool Party.
I adjust my grip on my produce boxes. QC grabs the chips and milk. I shove her out the door. There's a get-away car. Seriously, some even scarier looking thug is leaning out the window of his beat-up sedan with the motor running, smoking a cigarette. We practically run to the van.
QC: "Those guys were creepy, Mom."
Me: "Yes they were. A lesson to you. Nothing is so important that you need to go to the grocery store at 1 in the morning."
She looked a little freaked out.
Me: (trying to lighten things up) "But we did get our pool! And it says it only takes 15 minutes to set up and be ready for water."
QC: "But, mom, the guy who wrote that doesn't know our family!"
A sinking feeling told me she was right. After all, it only took us 60 minutes to purchase it.
And just wait until you hear what happened when we got it home and set it up. Or tried to anyway!