Saturday, September 9

The SV goes grocery shopping!

I detest grocery shopping. In a nutshell, that's why I do it around 3:30 a.m. and definitely before 5:00 a.m. That way, I avoid hordes of people, wailing children, playing bumper carts, express line violators, and pushers--those "cooks" that geniunely want you to eat stuff they've made on the spot in hopes that you'll eat it, take the coupon and buy the "food" they're pushing. NEVER! And, did I say the hordes of people? But the disadvantage of going in the wee hours is that I become an interloper.

The folks whose job is to stock shelves, clean floors, rearranged aisles, typically do not like to see me coming. I am in the way. I've sauntered in around 3:30 a.m. where the floors are in the midst of being shined, aisles are impassable because they are loaded with towering boxes and those mammoth metal monsters that hoist stuff. Navigating a shopping cart is a perilous eye-opener. The workers are listening to a boom-box and chatting among themselves (sometimes using un-customer-friendly language). When they look up and see me, I can tell that I've come upon something I'm not supposed to. But hey, I need food and toilet paper. Believe me, it is safer for humanity that I go at 3:30 a.m. than to go when everyone else and their mother goes.

Well, my wee hour shopping times might be over! Today, I took the SV with me. It's amazing what a cheap plastic crate will carry. Actually, it's a deterrant from buying too much, which is a good thing for someone like moi who tends to throw out more than I consume. Today is Saturday. I bought enough to last me for the next five days easy!

The really great thing about shopping on the SV is that the to and fro turned out to be a most pleasant trip. I didn't even go straight home, which was the high point! I went for a short ride! Never in my previous history of grocery shopping via car or on foot have I taken a spontaneous detour just for the fun of it. This new routine just might make me enjoy grocery shopping--no, that's not gonna happen! But!... at least I can look forward to my post-grocery shopping reward. A five mile jaunt to the store can easily turn into a 50 mile detour on the way home. Posted by Picasa


Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon,

The term "personal space" seems to be non-existent nowadays, LOL. So, for this reason I too prefer to shop either after midnight or during the very early morning hours on weekdays. Never, ever on weekends!

I'd been trying to figure out a way to ride my bike to the grocery store and I came up with taking a back pack. This didn't always work out too well especially trying to puchase any liquids. But the crate is very doable.

Thanks for the great idea!

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...


I have used my knapsack, tank bag and the crate. When I do any big time shopping, I'll probably need to use them all.

Anonymous said...

These motorcycles are supposed to save us gas, but how can we do that when we are always taking the long way home? : )

When I go shopping with a car (I hate shopping for anything), I just want to get out of it like a cheap suit after 1/2 an hour.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you about the lines (MainLine moms are the worst), but I love grocery shopping! Alani and I had the best time going foodshopping during our Fall breaks. Carrying our food home wasn't that fun though!

Just Me said...

I just want to say that I am really enjoying your blog so far, and what an ingenious way to go grocery shopping, (I turn into a monster if I have to go during daylight hours when there are 'people' there) now if I didn't have 3 people to shop for. heheh

Great writing.

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

To "Just me": I hear you! Shopping for others would be a challenge. Hey, check out the Ural motorcycle--that'll solve that problem. These amazing Russian sidecar motorcycles are really neat. Thanks!

Sojourner's Moto Tales said...

Ria: I agree, it's can be a hassle lugging home your goodies! You gals need a motorcycle!