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else.

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so much going on

if nothing else

you might never need

to shop anywhere else

so many options

none really appeal to me

maybe because i’m in the

‘& everybody else’ category

maybe it’s something else.

 

“marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.”

~ david packard

apples, lumber, and shiny rocks.

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drawn in by a homemade sign, a wave, a hi

to my favorite kind of store

some kids, a table, and some stuff

selling

apples, lumber, and shiny rocks

they had not sold anything

i’d love to be a customer,

but i’ve no money with me, i said

it’s okay, take some things and pay us tomorrow

we might even have juice then, too

they gave me credit!

without hustle, talent will only carry you so far.” 

— Gary Vaynerchuk

let (a few of) them eat cake!

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when reading the day’s news online

there were the expected headlines/updates/graphs:

scotus decision

virus numbers updates

calls for mayor’s resignation

protest marches continue

doctors’ opinions

iran’s decision

cruise ship passengers awaiting refunds

election polls

presidential tweets

to wear a mask or not?

europe’s reopening

and then in huge letters:

COSTCO STOPS SELLING HALF-SHEET CAKES

what?

why is this a story?

why is this a bigger-font-size-worthy story?

what is the story?

here’s the story and it’s an odd logic.:

The past few months have been chaotic for Costco customers, with product shortages, long lines and the temporary elimination of free food samples. Now, it appears there’s another change for devoted shoppers: Costco has eliminated the iconic half-sheet cakes that are the centerpiece of graduation and birthday parties.

Costco has quietly stopped selling the $20 half-sheet cakes across its US stores for the past month, instead pointing people toward its 10-inch round cakes and other assorted baked goods.

“To help limit personal contact and create more space for social distancing, Costco has reduced service in some departments,” the company explained to outraged customers on its Facebook account. 

Costco confirmed to CNN Business it’s not selling the half-sheet cakes anymore and it has “no immediate plans” to bring it back. A spokesperson added that its 10-inch round cakes “seem to be resonating with our members.”

The decision also coincides with a recommendation from several US states and health agencies to avoid or prohibit large gatherings in light of Covid-19. Half-sheet cakes feeds around 50 people, while its 10-inch round cake serves around a dozen.

my interpretation: apparently the thought is that if you don’t have a big cake, you will not have a big celebration, where people will gather around the big cake in a big group. if you have more pieces of cake, you will then invite more people to go with it. what if you just bought a few round cakes, couldn’t you invite the same amount of people and just cut from the round cakes, or would that discourage you from inviting more guests as you’d have to then open more than one box? what about people just deciding to socially distance themselves without the cake being the deciding factor? just wondering, or is this that devil math at play once again? does it come down to having to match ratios, person to piece, and not have any leftover cake to eat for breakfast? i  knew i should have listened in school. 

“cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness!

If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!”

-c. joyBell c.

 

 

 

credits: cnn business

possibilities for sale, but not today.

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unfortunately

this door was locked

when I happened upon it.

that’s an awful lot to pack into one store.

  like the costco of the possibility world.

I wonder if they offer free samples.

what do you think I would find inside?

 

“there are many spokes on the wheel of life.

first, we’re here to explore new possibilities.”

-ray charles

 

 

ann arbor,michigan, usa – summer 2019

floor candy!

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an exciting and  cost-effective option

offered up to

the adventurous sweets eaters of the world

inside the dam candy store

“all the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911.”

-lewis black

 

dam candy store, fishtown, leland, michigan, u.s.a. – July 2019

because i am a dog.

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An adorable Shiba Inu named Ken-kun in Hokkaido, Japan remarkably runs his own sweet potato stand. 

The watchful dog politely tends to whatever the customer needs, however, he is not able to accept payment. That situation is solved with a slot in which to put the money.

Customers need to have the exact amount (or be willing to leave the rest), as a sign on the front of the stand reads:

“Because I am a dog, I can’t give you change.”

“the dog lives for the day, the hour, even the moment.”

-robert falcon scott

 

 

 

sources: Lori Dorn, laughing squid

dollar for dollar.

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when one local dollar tree store closed

my favorite enthusiastic manager

moved to the new location

and judging by my recent visit

he has not lost one bit

of his dollar store fervor and expertise.

this was a conversation between bob (the manager) and evelyn (my cashier) as i was checking out:

E: “bob, you’re really good at remembering all of the balloon numbers to ring up and knowing each one of them without looking.”

B: “well, i’ve been doing it a long time. once in a while a number will change or a new shape will come in, like a unicorn, but it’s part of my job to keep up with it.”

E: “when i worked at the grocery store, i knew all the prices for the cucumbers, the peppers and tomatoes. the easy ones”

B: “some are trickier, like avocados, and for some of those things you only see sometimes it’s harder to remember the all the plu’s.”

E: “it’s really a skill, bob. to be able to do that.”

customer john interrupts:

J: “hey bob – so this is where you’ve got up to – how are you liking the change?”

B: “hey, john. good to see you. it’s great. every day is great. i’m so lucky to be here.”

and how lucky is dollar tree to have bob as a manager?

a man who truly loves his job

 takes pride in all of it

is always smiling and helpful

knows exactly where every item in the store is located

and who happily learns the number for the new unicorn balloon.

losing your hat.

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the scene at the fairy house

located at a local store that is closing soon.

looks like it may have been hard on everyone.

 

“any man can lose his hat in a fairy-wind.”

Irish Saying

 

 

 

at the bead gallery, ann arbor, mi, usa

50% shades of grey.

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more proof

that fame is fleeting

the

50 shades of grey

love ring

is on the

clearance shelf

second one down

black box

once so hot

now

with luster lost

jammed between

the expired

mucinex

preparation h

metamucil

nicotine gum

bath puffs

baby meds

mouthwash

all there

to improve

the

imperfections

of the

human condition

what

strange company.