This past Sunday, I was walking down Madison Avenue here in Covington to run an errand. I guess I could tell you what errand I was running, but I don’t want to be a complete open book about everything, so I’m going to keep it a secret.
I walked by Landwehr Hardware & Toys. There was a guy outside stringing up some musical wires. I call them musical wires because I don’t know what else to call them. There must also be a speaker somewhere. This is the time of year when Landwehr pipes music, Christmas music, out to their sidewalk. I’m going to hear that Christmas music whether I want to or not.
Continuing on my way, I thought about the few times I’ve been in that store. Once, in the early spring, I went in to purchase a can opener. They had two types and the lady helping me was pushing the more expensive one. I went with the cheap one. I don’t open a lot of cans these days.
She was pushing other items on me too—what I don’t remember. What I remember is being pissed off about it. I don’t like pushy salespeople. I get enough of that at Walgreens.
Late in the summer, I went back in again, this time to see if they had dishwashing liquid. They did and their price was decent. I purchased it.
This time a guy was waiting on me. I’m going to call him a good old boy. Just like the lady from the last time I went in, he was pushing me to buy other items too. He told me they had bed bug spray on sale, 50% off. I don’t think he was implying I had bed bugs, he just wasn’t thinking. I didn’t make the purchase.
Getting back to this past Sunday, I ran my “secret” errand and walked back up Madison Avenue. When I got up to Landwehr Hardware & Toys, those musical wires were up but I didn’t hear any Christmas music. The Bengals football game was being piped to the sidewalk. I was going to have to listen to that sports noise whether I wanted to or not. I kind of wanted to.
(Photo from familyfriendlycincinnati.com)