At the heavily attended farmers' market, there were multiple people with canines. All were well-behaved and under control, save one.
A woman who was, um, vertically-challenged was being pulled around by a brown lab mix which was 100 pounds if he was an ounce. She had him on one of those retractable leads, and apparently didn't know how to retract it.
He was off to the races ... at one point, wrapped around a tent pole upright, two shoppers, through the check-out line, and around another shopper, and then on his way back ... all this before she noticed he wasn't at her side. Sorting that out wasn't pretty, and she wasn't apologizing to anyone for incapacitating them.
|Now imagine a LARGE dog on a wire rope, weaving his way through and around people ...|
Every pokey driver who has yet to discover the use of an accelerator was idling up and down the streets. You'd have thought the sun was shining. (Anchorage residents tend to be mesmerized by sunshine, because we don't always see of lot of ol' Sol...)
|The farmers' market parking area looked like this, except for the palm trees. :)|
Pedestrians were walking behind SUVs as those large trucks backed out of parking spaces, or opening their doors as other SUVs pulled in alongside them.
And yes, before you ask, each and every one of them was either talking on a cell phone, or at least lost in conversation and looking the wrong direction. Every. Single. Time.
We finally made it home, and you couldn't pay me to go back out there. We're in for the day!
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And now the major complaint: a tale of two big box stores.
The janitorial crew at my building managed to "misplace" the two very large padlocks which we use on the dumpsters at night, so I had to go get more.
Home Depot is the closest place to my office, so I pulled in there. Found what I needed, and went to the checkout. Handed over my VA card & debit card, and the cashier said, "Oh, I can't take this VA card; it doesn't have a picture on it."
I whipped out my driver's license and said, "See my picture? Look, the name matches and everything."
"I'm sorry, sir, but it's the manager's policy. You can't get the veteran discount without a VA card with a photo on it."
Shopping close to home this morning, Lowe's is right up the road. We went in there to get prices on lumber for a project, and picked up a few things.
Again, I presented my VA card, and the clerk said, "Oh, thank you for your service. That's 10% off."
I'll never shop at Home Depot again.