The next day I was at Costco, standing in line waiting to pay. A movement behind me caught my eye and when I looked back there was a guy rummaging through his billfold looking for something and while he was doing so he was holding a $5 bill in his mouth so he could use both hands.
Am I just paranoid, or are these things that most people would never do? I know I would never do them, but maybe I'm the person who is over the top and the two people I saw are the normal ones.
My next "out and about" story is much nicer. I was at the grocery store waiting to pay (it sounds like I am in line at stores a lot, but really it is only once a week when I shop) and there was this lovely older lady ahead of me. She was probably in her mid-eighties, and was one of those woman who "put on their face" even if they are just popping out for some bread and milk. Her outfit was gorgeous and her face had carefully applied make-up. This was in direct contrast to the person standing behind her in line.
As she pulled out her charge card to insert in the machine I was thinking how challenging it must be for older people who have to deal with all the new technology and ways of doing business. She had trouble entering her PIN and was saying how she was always forgetting it even though she used the same one for all her accounts. The cashier and I glanced at each other and shared an "oh, isn't she sweet?' look between us.
It was what happened next that took us totally by surprise. When she reached into her purse I was expecting her to pull out a piece of paper with her number on it. Instead she whipped out an iPhone, flicked her fingers across it like she had been doing it all her life, and then entered her PIN for her charge card. As the elegant elderly lady wheeled her cart away the cashier turned to me, a look of shock on her face, and said she was also totally expecting the lady to pull out a piece of paper, not an iPhone. Silly us.
This next item happened right outside our house, but I am going to count it in the "out and about" department anyway. We had a huge hail storm a few weeks ago. The hail stones were the biggest I have ever seen. Now I realize that there are places in the Midwest and the Prairies that have much worse storms than the one we had, but on a Kamloops scale this was pretty epic. I wanted to get a picture for my blog so braved getting pelted and quickly ran out to take this.
It isn't just when I go out for walks on the trail that I have to be on the watch for wildlife. If I do my neighbourhood walk I have to constantly remind myself to look up before walking under the lampposts. Here's why.
My final "out and about" happened yesterday. I was at the Kamloops Farmer's Market doing my usual Saturday shopping. I happened to look over at a lady selling fruit and spied one lone basket of sour cherries on her table! It is almost impossible to find sour cherries and I dearly love them. Here they are, baked my new favourite way for doing crisps, in 250ml canning jars.
There are three people eating dinner here tonight and four jars with cherry crisp in them. I definitely think the extra one should go to the person who pitted all those cherries.