Living in the supervised confines of an old folks home, and restricted in mobility to a wheel chair, I forget there is a real world "out there", where people come and go when and where they want.
Today, after a game of two of Bingo, I took my power chair and motored to Starbucks. I didn't ask anyone if I could go. I didn't sign out. I just went. There I used my Starbucks card and bought a Latte... (coffee with milk) overpriced at $2.65. That was wonder one.
I sat a a table, sipping my coffee, reading my "junk" mail. I was delighted to see that Rite Aid is selling AA and AAA batteries for $5.24 for 8. Wow, I thought. I use a lot of those, I will make a trip to Rite Aid tomorrow. I have to cross the perilous crossing at G and Olive streets, but that s a good price. That was wonder two. .
Then I came to Longs' ad. They are selling AA and AAA batteries in a 16 pack for $9.88. WOW...and closer. Then I used my calculator... that is only three cents a battery cheaper. That's the laugh at myself. I was jazzed about a three cent savings.
In the corner at Starbucks sat a guy, not talking to anyone, not drinking coffee even, sketching with a ball point pen. When I passed by, I saw they were fantastic graphics. He was doing professional graphics while sitting in a cafe. That was wonder three
Wonder four. While coming home I passed a construction site. There in the scrap pile were wood scraps AND yards of platic tie down material that hold lumber in place on trucks. They used to use rope. Apparently now they use plastic tie down straps, that they THROW AWAY after they unload the truck. When I was boating I was always buying tough nylon mooring lines. Here is tougher, lighter strapping that is so cheap that it thrown away after it is used. I coiled up a few yards and brought it home.
Now I have to find some use for it.