Friday, September 24, 2010

#12 Swipe me baby one more time

On Tuesday night, I went to Foodtown to buy some juice and kiwifruit because I have been quite sick and I needed to stock up my 5 + a day habit. I know I only have about $10 to spend so I get 5 kiwifruit, one bottle of orange juice, and x2 packs of three dark chocolate Whittakers sticks because they are on sale. I head to the 12 items or less check out and watch the Indian lady scan my future belongings, $9.70.

"No I don't have a one card." 

I swipe my debit card... decline. That's ok, peoples card's decline all the time.

"Can you take away one of the Whittakers packs please?" 

$7.60. Swipe... decline. Shit. 

"Can you take the other chocolate pack away? I really shouldn't have any chocolate anyway." Fake laugh. 

$5.60. Swipe... decline. I whip my head around to see who witnessed this. There is a line of about 12 people behind me. My head whips back to the Indian lady who has this sympathetic look on her face that says 

"It's ok, I've been here, but I have a job so it doesn't really happen to me anymore."

There is not point trying to explain to her that you checked your bank account literally five minutes ago so this wouldn't happen, or that tomorrow is pay day, or that you just ordered takeaways around the corner and paid for them, or that you do in fact have a job it's just that there were bills and auto payments and rent and petrol to be paid this week... because there is no time - people are waiting. Hold on a second, the great thing about this Foodtown is that they have computers so you can watch your items getting scanned and see the list add up to the total. The other great thing is that the computer screen is facing everyone in the line. Naturally I put my hand on the screen where it says $5.60 so the young couple behind don't see.

"Can you delete the list please so those people don't see?"


"Can you delete the... oh don't worry!"

I may not have got my kiwifruit, orange juice and chocolate, but I left a tomato, which is full of antioxidants. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

#11 The Road goes ever on and on

     'Good-bye, for the present, Bilbo. Take care of yourself! You are old enough, and perhaps wise enough.'
     'Take care! I don't care. Don't you worry about me! I am as happy now as I have ever been, and that is saying a great deal. But the time has come. I am being swept off my feet at last,' and then in a low voice, as if to himself, he sang softly in the dark:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

This is one of my many favourite moments of LOTR. Bilbo has just let go of the ring and is free from its addiction - an addiction he didn't know he had. I love it. He is leaving and going on his adventure, and it means so much more that he is free from the ring, even though he can't see it. I guess, I want to feel like Bilbo at this moment - free from what holds me back, free from what sucks the life out of me. If only it was as simple as putting a piece of jewellery on the floor.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

#10 Two Face was a villian

I have no time for inconsistent people. Be consistently nice or be consistently mean. Don't sea-saw from one to the other. I especially like it when you have conversations with people, then next time you see them, they just ignore you or give the ol' raise of the eye-brow, as if it were too much of an effort to push the words 'Hi, how are you?' out their mouth. Although sometimes a 'Hi' and the 'turn of the back' is worse. It does tickle me sometimes when I see how highly people's perceptions of themselves are. But such is life though, and I know it is inevitable we will come across such awful personalities, but it doesn't take away the fact that it grates me every time I come across one. Also, it is ok to put the word 'and' after a comma.