Dear Giant/Weis Markets (a grocery store for those not local):
I have been a loyal customer of Giant for about 10 years now. You have carried most of my favorite brands and have lots of workers that I have become friends with over the years. True, I have to buy some groceries at the two other stores in town (Wegmans or Price Chopper) because you haven't carried everything I like to have on hand. But I have done the majority of my shopping at the Giant every Monday morning for one reason only - the Giant has never had a shopping club card. If an item was on sale, it was actually On Sale and there was nothing extra necessary to make it so. No coupons, no cards, no gimmicks. I loved and respected that about the Giant, and preferred to give this company my money because of this fact.
This week, this changed, and my local Giant became a Giant-Weis store, and there was one of my friends who is a line manager there offering to sign me up for a shopper club card. I was Not Happy, but I did sign up. Because if I don't sign up, nothing that normally would be on sale would be on sale for me, and I like saving money as much as the next person. Then I went into the store, and of course, there had to be some rearranging done, or else we would not know it's a new store. The signage of course also had to be different. But these are minor annoyances. But then I started noting little things that the Giant normally carries, that you don't. Like the bacon bits I like, the Gyro kits, and Adirondack Lemon-Lime Seltzer. Or any lemon-lime seltzer for that matter. I should mention that I was very proud I got off of drinking regular soda and diet soda by drinking lemon-lime seltzer all the time. There's less chemicals and calories and it's inexpensive. This is what I normally drink, about a liter and a half a day. Every Day. And now you don't have it. The sodas that I will drink have also gone up in price, when I loved the fact they were 99 cents for a 2 L bottle at the Giant for a very long time. This was not the only increase in price on items I regularly buy. Sure, prices for groceries have gone up overall for the past six months since the rise in gas prices, but the prices did not go up that far at Price Chopper or Wegmans. But I chose not to shop at Price Chopper or Wegmans, because they have shopper club cards.
So now you have the shopper club card, your prices have gone up, and you don't carry my favorite drink. I'm beginning to wonder why the heck I ought to go to your store ever again.
Once upon a time, I played a computer online role-playing game called EverQuest, and I played it pretty hard core for more than three years. I used to read forums and gaming stories related to that game, and one that caught my eye most referred to a guild called Seibwen Dekan. Yes, that's right, Naked Newbies written backwards. There was a great deal of role-playing back story related to the name, but it all boiled down to an essential philosophy I like to hold dear today.
We're all Naked Newbies when we start, and under our clothes and skill sets, we're all still newbies. We face something new every day. Because of the way the world is right now, our only constant IS change, so there's always something new to do, something to learn, something to discover. The other side of the coin of learning is teaching - sharing what you know with other people, because they are now standing where you were, and helping just feels good.
I embrace my newb-ness. I celebrate the learning and the seeking of things I do not know. I have resolved to help others along the path wherever I can- whether I perceive them as ahead of me or behind, they too will have something to learn, and in turn, something to teach. I love going to beginner classes, because I will always learn something new and I will always have an opportunity to share what I know. This is who and what I am. I am a newbie.
¶ 3:37 PM
If you find yourself with several hours (or just one hour at a time) of sitting in front of the computer and would like some thought provoking entertainment, I suggest watching all or some of the James Burke Playlist on YouTube. It's great to knit to. It makes me wish I had a stronger light on my desk, or I was working on a brighter colored sock.
¶ 11:43 AM
This rather schizophrenic blog was started as a fictional blog, written by a character of a story. I've since taken it over for writing personal stuff I don't mind sharing with anyone who cares.
I am also writing thoughts about writing and stories that move me.
Anything not marked might be just me, Georg, posting as myself.
It's just this blog, okay? Some of it is story. Some of it is animals. Some of it is knitting. It's a blog.
For story #1, I do recommend starting from the beginning of this blog if you haven't read this before.
Please start at the beginning.
I did mean it to be for http://www.nanowrimo.org - but I never got quite got it done under the wire.
Jeannie is the author/main character.
Frank is her husband. Poor man.
Tony is musician/singer.
Angie is a teenager, who was Jeannie's best friend. Now currently dead.
Honestly, there is no connection between Jeannie and me and Frank and my husband.
Frank and Ether. This will be much weirder than Frank and Jeannie. I like the name Frank. No one expects a Frank to lie.
A desert story. Anna is the main character. Currently there is only her little brother and an old servant, and a mysterious redhead.
The necro story. A young necromancer heads off to the Hated Ones to find her trousseau.