Back to the old routine! – My local Starbucks is open after two weeks of renovations. It had been completely renovated about five years ago, so I was surprised when they closed again. It was worth it. They took down the floor to ceiling displays that cut up the room and it looks so much bigger. They replaced all the brown tile and wall color with lighter neutrals. Made a huge difference. There are railings to guide people and a larger pick-up area. It’s good to be back. While it was closed, I was going to another store that is close-by. The traffic pattern was busier and the store itself was larger and more impersonal. I missed the camaraderie of my old store.
Speaking of SB, reappearance of gorilla man – During the pandemic there was a guy I would see in the morning in a super duper $$$ sportscar with a gorilla mask. I saw him occasionally when our times matched but I hadn’t seen him all summer. Lots of reasons for that. Some simple like our timing didn’t match to moving out of a reasonable driving distance. Today I saw him. Actually, I only saw his car. He must have been at the other end of the store when I went in. By the time I was done socializing with the baristas, he was gone. Guess he’s still around. There are a few regulars you get to recognize.
Cruising the ads – I was checking out sales for any possible great buys on summer wear. (Nope, didn’t find any!) The clothing ads had models in all sizes from razor thin to super-sized. That’s allows non-model sized people to see what it would look like on them. It had the opposite effect on me. I am on the thin side. When the ad was only larger size models, I skimmed over. Perhaps we should enter our size and have the clothing display in our exact size. Some styles are more attractive on specific body shapes. I learned that lesson the hard way.
Another one in the books – Our reunion was yesterday. It went well. The weather cooperated and everyone was in a good mood. We took updated pictures and there was a lot of food. One person was absent because of covid but in today’s world, that’s to be expected.
The odd thing about people – I’ve noticed this over the years and it happens at almost all get-togethers. It takes a while for people to “warm up.” I’m not sure what that’s about but people are quieter the first hour. As it’s almost time to leave, everyone gets chatty. I do that too. Maybe it’s just getting into the swing. Or maybe it’s more likely to happen with folks you don’t see often. A mystery of life.
So how was your week?