Interesting Times

I had a chat with the security guard at Aldi today. He looked bored.

I’d never even seen a guard there before. He was happy to talk, and quick to point out he was glad of the work. His main task is to count the customers and enforce the limit of 150 within the shop at any time. The limit was imposed by Them. Not sure who They are.

There have been no knife fights over toilet paper, mainly because Aldi doesn’t have any.

More and more shelves have growing empty spaces.

Quite a lot of shoppers wore masks. Mostly older folk, but a significant proportion were young. All the young ones were female.

In all the time I’ve shopped at Aldi I don’t recall seeing anyone ring up as much as a hundred dollars of groceries. A hundred dollars bought a lot at Aldi. Today I saw three people ring up over two hundred dollars worth in the space of fifteen minutes. All I went in for originally was some sparkling mineral water, fresh parsley (none available) a leek and some mustard, for a seafood pie I’m planning. I gave in to the temptation to hoard and bought a KitKat and a box of four lemon cheesecake-flavoured ice creams, Aldi knock off versions of the Magnum. Sweet.

Listening to the conversations around the shop and at the checkout. More and more people are becoming worried, and some are angry, because they say they don’t see what all the fuss is about.

Back to camp. My neighbours tell me they are going stir crazy. I remind them they are not confined, but they say they have nowhere to go, and feel they are.

I felt like giving them an ice cream each. But No! They’re mine!

We live in Interesting Times. It is the curse.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

One thought on “Interesting Times”

  1. less than a week into lockdown here and most signs are bad.
    More and more items are not on the shelves, waiting lists for delivery from supermarkets have maxed out the available times.
    So if you can’t shop yourself and stand in line for 15minutes to 2 hours then you are SOOL.
    It is blindingly obvious that the duopoly is lying and the government is incompetent.


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