I say this a lot and I know for a fact that I’ve said it here more than a few times.
Once you get past February, March is always a mixed bag when it comes to the weather—but winter is just about over.
Of course, we’re not past February yet, are we?
The latest snowstorm caught me by surprise. Once I found out the weather was going to turn to shit again, I started to take inventory of my food provisions. I was fine on everything except for one item: butter. Well, margarine actually. I still call margarine butter. Old habits die hard, don’t you know.
I had a friend visiting me on Friday night and I asked for a favor. I didn’t feel like walking down to the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington, KY), so this friend drove me there. I picked up some Blue Bonnet Butter Margarine. Of course I paid too much for it, but at the time, I considered it emergency butter margarine. I picked up a few other items too, just for the hell of it.
Now, I got up Saturday morning as well as this morning feeling kind of OK with the winter weather. We’re not getting this blast in December or January. It’s February and you know my feelings on that.
Hello cold world. Spring is right around the corner.
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I don’t think I’ve ever shopped at Costco. Actually I don’t really shop anywhere. No—that’s not true. I’m down there at the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington) at least a few times a week. It’s such a habit, I kind of forget about it.
Any who, Costco will be closed on Thanksgiving. That’s been the case for the past 30 plus years. You can click here if you want to know more about it.
Closed on Thanksgiving. What’s that about? Oh, maybe it’s about employees being home with their families. I know, what a silly notion.
I wonder if the corner of happy and healthy will be closed on Thanksgiving. I don’t have to wonder too long. Closed? Fat chance.
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A slightly different version of this ran on Facebook on October 6th, 2014.
Honestly, I really do like most of the employees down there at the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington), but man oh man—don’t think that the prices marked for the product you’re purchasing will be the same as what the cash register is going to ring up. Sometimes, actually a lot of the time, those prices are higher. This has been an ongoing issue since the summer. Just a few days ago, I felt compelled to rant at a Walgreens manager because of this continuous problem.
Paying attention and having to bring the issue up since the summer, I’ve managed to save myself from being overcharged by over twenty dollars. Do you have that kind of money to spare, to just give to Walgreens? I don’t, and having to keep them honest pisses me off. They should already be that way.
Suggestion to management down there at the corner of happy and healthy: take a tip from the store now at your old location—The Dollar Tree Store. Like them, make everything in your store one dollar. That way you won’t have to worry about entering wrong prices in your computer. Everything will be a buck. There you go—problem solved.
How about it, Walgreens? Yeah I know. Fat chance.
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Despite the fact that I’m getting older, I still have a pretty good memory. One day last month when walking home from the corner of happy and healthy—that’s the Walgreens in Covington, Kentucky—I heard someone say, “Hello, Larry.”
We had the light, but we were also in the middle of the street. I stared at the man for a few seconds before saying, “Al?”
To read my latest Living Out Loud column in CityBeat, click here.
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I walked down to the corner of happy and healthy a few days ago (Walgreens/Covington) and in the store I saw a little girl with her mother. They were walking side by side. I looked down at her.
She was a sweet little thing, blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m guessing maybe she was five years old.
I only looked at the little girl for a few seconds but she looked up at me and smiled. Her two front teeth were missing. She looked so cute. I smiled back.
Walking back home from Walgreens (you know, down there at the corner of happy and healthy), I passed a gentlemen on the sidewalk. I’ve seen him many times before. He’s older and always smiles at me a lot. It freaks me out a little as his two front teeth are missing. I wish he would just grin at me instead of smile.
As I continued my walk back home, I thought to myself why is it when a little girl smiles and shows that her front two teeth are missing it’s cute, but when an old man does it, it’s disgusting?
I don’t know. Maybe “cuteness” changes as you get older.
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I hope everybody has a good weekend. With any kind of luck this blog will resume “normal” operations early next week. I’m not sure if that’s a threat or a promise.
It seems like almost every day I’m down there at the corner of happy and healthy (Walgreens/Covington) purchasing something. It’s a handy store for me to walk to and I like a lot of the people who work there. I don’t like their high prices, wish I could pay less, but I guess you don’t get everything in life. I’ll continue to be a Walgreens customer—at least until that Dollar Tree store opens up on Madison Avenue.
I was in there at the corner of happy and healthy the other day and ran into the store manager. His name is Mike and he told me that column I wrote for CityBeat about his employees Wanda and Sasha has made it all the way to the CEO of Walgreens. OK. That got me curious.
I did a Google search to find out who their CEO is. His name is Gregory D. Wasson. I wonder if he actually read the column. Will he call Wanda and Sasha? Will he send them a note? You know how I am. I’ll be following up on this.
Store manager Mike intends on doing something nice for Wanda and Sasha. He says they will be rewarded for that good customer service. I’ll be following up on this too to make sure it happens. I don’t let anything slide.
I should also do something nice for them. I think maybe I’ll buy them a box of those outstanding and ever so good tasting Nice! Honey Bar-B-Que Flavored Chicken Wings—that is if they have any in stock.
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Well I blew it. Her last day was Monday and I meant to go down to the corner of happy and healthy here in Covington to say goodbye, but I lost track of time and didn’t do it.
She hadn’t worked there very long—maybe a couple months—and now she’s moving out of state and getting a job where she gets to use her college degree. I think she said it was in business communication but I’m not sure.
I could always tell she was smart and there was also a wit to her I liked. If I hadn’t of blown it on Monday, I would have told her that.
Some employees there at the Walgreens in Covington make that store their career. I’ve made friends with some of the younger ones and I encourage to get out when they can—don’t get stuck behind a cash register all your life.
That employee who left Walgreens on Monday was a young girl in her early 20’s. She told me once when she first started working there that she wanted to get married and have a lot of babies. I told her my babies were 28 and 31. She got a kick out of that.
Now, I’ll never see her again.
Goodbye, you young Walgreens cashier you. I wish you nothing but the best.
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