Down the Hall on Your Left

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I Dunno, It Just Happened

pretzel1I’LL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT IT – I HAVE A BRAIN TO MOUTH DISCONNECT. Something will pop into my head and before I can do anything about it – Boing! It rockets out of my mouth and into play.

It happened again last night, and even though it wasn’t in the best of taste, it was funny.

After dinner, my wife, the lovely and ever tolerant, Dawn, said that we needed to go grocery shopping. I’m all in favor of that because, without it, I’d wither away to a mere shadow of myself. My doctors have suggested that my shadow could use a little whittling down.

Our new favorite store is the Meijer Megastore. 90,000 square feet of everything you would pretzelaever need to survive an Earth/Asteroid collision. Even their parking lot is up to date with a row of about twenty slots for you to plug in your electric car to recharge while you cruise up and down the aisles. Of course, if you really do have an electric car you are probably sitting at home with a dead battery when it is 5° above zero.

But I digress.

Grocery shopping at Meijer’s, or anywhere, makes me thirsty. I don’t know why, but it does. Unlike most grocery stores, Meijer doesn’t have those little last-second, impulse buying, beverage coolers by each checkout aisle. They have plenty of those cheap and tasteless tabloid magazines, but no cold bottles of Coke, Dr. Pepper, or water. I was as parched as a trout in the Sahara. I looked around for an oasis, a leaking faucet, anything. Then I spotted The Pretzel Shoppe.

The Pretzel Shoppe is one of those adjunct businesses that rent space at the front of those mega-stores. Wal-Mart has a Subway, an Optometrist, and even a Bank up front by the exits. pretzel3Meijer has a haircutting place and The Pretzel Shoppe.

I had found my oasis.

“I’ll be right back. I gotta get something to drink.”

Things were slow at The Pretzel Shoppe. I was the only customer. The young gal, in the embarrassingly ugly Pretzel Shoppe uniform, behind the counter seemed grateful for some company. She took my order for “No pretzel, just a cold drink,” and handed me a paper cup. I handed her a five dollar bill. I got myself a Diet Coke and chugged it down in record time.

My Brain/Mouth Disconnect happened when Miss Pretzel handed me my change. I expected her to say something like, “Thank you and please come again.” I did not expect her to say, “Thank you and have a ‘Pretzel Day’.”


“Excuse me?” I must have misheard her.

“Thank you and have a Pretzel Day.”

My Frontal lobe kicked in and the next words I heard came from my own mouth as I answered pretzel4the young gal with, “A Pretzel Day? Is that ‘twisted and a little knotty?’”

I’ve never seen anyone blush that quickly or so completely before. She turned so red I thought she was a thermometer. She giggled and I took that as my cue to leave. She wouldn’t have giggled unless she knew what I, innocently, meant.

When I turned to leave I saw the “Meijer Greeter” standing only 10 feet away, and laughing out loud. Between us was Dawn with our cartful of groceries.

She just shook her head and said, “You shouldn’t be allowed out.”

She may be right and I may never eat another pretzel.


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5 thoughts on “I Dunno, It Just Happened

  1. John, going to a pretzel shop (or shoppe) for a drink is like going to a bar for the peanuts. i guess you deserved to hear the nonsense ‘Have a pretzel day.’ She must’ve thought you were nvts.


  2. It appears that Divine Providence intervened last night and you discovered the cooler with water near the checkouts. There is also the possibility that the Pretzel Shop girl insisted that be installed to prevent further interaction with her. Just sayin’.
    And… I would never suggest that “you shouldn’t be allowed out” (all the time).

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  3. Good, John. Entertaining. My Wife told me “You shouldn’t be allow out” on a number of occasions. I think men hear that alot. Back when I was told that I remember it sorta aggravated me. I was younger then. If she told me that these days I would say, “Yep”.

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  4. Some days I just can’t help myself.

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  5. Desperate times call for desperate measures.


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