Take Your Head Out of My Shopping Cart

So this was funny today at Harris Teeter. 


I’m checking out on the express line with a few things. 


First some tofu.


The lady at the cash register goes:

Hmm.  Healthy!


Then some Meal Mart Buffalo Style Chicken Wings.


Again, the lady at the cash register comments:

Have you tried that?  Is it good?  It looks good!


Politely, I replied:

Yes, they are really good.


At the same time I was feeing smart-alecy, like what the heck, should I open the package on the conveyer belt and let you taste one–right here, right now.   


Sure privacy is a big issue when it comes to technology, social media, and all sorts of surveillance these days


But even when one simply goes to the grocery store–there is the very basic privacy about what one is buying. 


Yes, I see people looking into my cart, with eyebrows raised eyeing my goodies.  I can hear them thinking:

What is he buying?  Is it marked Kosher? (Uh, actually it is!]  That doesn’t seem like a balanced diet!


Another time, the checkout person asked me when I was buying a bunch of something:

Oh, are you having a party? What’s the occasion?


While I appreciate the good-natured banter and people being friendly, it seems more than weird in a way to be discussing what I’m buying, why, and for whom.  


Not quite Big Brother, but maybe that’s the leftover small town feel in our lonely urban and high-tech living.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

See You Later Florida

Love coming to Florida. 


Not a far flight.


Sun shines bright.


Water is blue. 


Birds, fish, and animals like a zoo. 


Nature is peaceful.


Shopping is plentiful. 


Activities day and night.


Swimming makes me feel right. 


Go to the beach.


Eat a peach.


Florida is the place to be.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Black Thursday For Shopaholics

So Black Friday Shopping extravaganza that used to happen the day after Thanksgiving has now turned into Black Thursday mega-shopping on Thanksgiving Thursday.

The huge Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, Florida is open 10 AM to 1 AM!


The mall was packed with people and the deals were pretty fantastic.  


Under Armour was 50% off!


True Religion was buy 1 get 1 free!


Almost every store seemed to be 1/2 price off already reduced prices.


What I liked in this video I took here was the WOW! display around the entire entrance to this Century 21 apparel store.


Watch the whole thing…it is really cool what they did with this frontage real estate for this store. 


Great job on the marketing and very inviting!


So lots of compulsive shopping, but not so much turkey today. 😉


(Source video: Andy Blumenthal)

My New Sneaks

These were my new sneaks for like two hours. 


I loved them in the store. 

My stylish and lovely daughter helped me pick them out. 


Nike bright orange–cool, fashionable. 


“Just do it!”

But when I tried them on, I didn’t have socks, and had to use the ridiculous thin ones in the store.


The sneakers were snug and I asked for a larger size, which they were out of. 


I took the sneakers anyway, hoping they would be okay when I got home, but disappointingly, they were way too tight. 


And “the give” that the saleslady said would happen with the sneakers, absolutely didn’t. 


My foot was being crushed in there. 


I think Nike’s run small. 


Like the look, but not the sizing. 


Anyway, saw three people playing soccer in these (or something close to it) the same day. 


Orange is the new black. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Gucci Shoes WOW!

So we’re down in Florida.

It’s pouring today, so we decide to go to Sawgrass Mills Mall.

When the rain let’s up, we decide to go outside to this one row of stores that is like designer row.

We went into Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren (the purple label), Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Gucci, and more.

We saw this nice Chasidic couple in Gucci.

He looked at me and me and him–he was buying his wife a gift and I was “window shopping” and taking some cool photos.

We gave each other the thumbs up.

The shoe here was from the Gucci store.

Pretty incredible, no?

It’s definitely a brand standout!

Nice job Gucci designers. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)