Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


I haven’t had one of those Grrr… days in quite some time.

I probably was due!

Nearly all of the Grrr… days I experience involve a visit to Walmart and today was no exception.

It was simple. I had one item to return, a soft case for my Kindle e-reader and pick up a prescription we dropped off yesterday.

Marilyn asked me to pick up a couple of needed items from the grocery side and I wanted to pick up an adapter for the hitch on the rear of our RV.

The drive to Walmart was uneventful but I could see that they were busy because the parking lot was quite full.

I had to stop and wait for the lady greeter to put a stamp on the item I was returning. She was also busy checking carts against the receipts so I waited a couple of minutes. Minor Grrr…

Then the fun began!

The line at Customer service was long. Very long! Grrr…

I stood patiently waiting for my turn, moving forward a few steps every few minutes.

The local Walmart in Weslaco must be a place for people to pay utility bills, etc because the guy in front of me had a large stack of crap, like envelopes, bills, etc in his hand. So did the lady in front of him. I was doomed! Grrr…

A year and a half later, I crawled up to the counter and it took a few minutes more to have my money returned for the item I was returning.

Things are looking up! Now to pick up the prescription.

Oh No! Another long line! Grrr…

I waited patiently again while people tried to solve their problems at the “Pick Up” counter.

I heard the lady ahead of me say to someone on the phone that she “Was not leaving this line until the problem is resolved.”

Music to my ears! Grrr…

My back was aching by the time I was at the counter. I gave my name and date of birth so the young lady could search for my prescription. She did just that. Searched! Then she searched again!

Then she went to a basket on the floor and began going through the sacks in there. Grrr…

Just as I was about to give up, she announced happily “There it is!”

A few moments later I was off to pick up the few items and could head back home.

I was unable to locate the adapter I needed for the hitch, but I’ll look elsewhere later. That was only a minor Grrr…

By the time I neared the checkout line I was really hungry so I made the decision to purchase some hot chicken wings from the Deli.

There was only one customer in front of me. Hey, things are looking up! The problem was that there was no one behind the counter. The other guy and I waited for a few minutes and a young man appeared with a large white bucket which he was shaking vigorously. As we waited patiently he dumped the bucket into an empty tray in the display case.

He then looked up at the guy in front of me and announced that he would be right back, and disappeared. Grrr…

He did return a few minutes later and asked what the gentleman needed. When the gentleman ordered two pounds of wings, the young man said “I have to go get more sacks.” Grrr…

Another five minutes or so and it was my turn to be waited on. “One pound of plain wings, please.”

In the background I heard a “Ding”.

“Oops, I have to turn that off. I’ll be right back”. Grrr…

As I paid the pretty young lady at the checkout counter, I wondered where she put those hot chicken wings, and decided to check the bags.

They were in one of those plastic Walmart bags, right on top of the frozen corn! Grrr…

As I walked toward the truck, far out in the parking lot, it began to rain. Grrr…

Did I mention that when Jesse & Ginger picked us up to have lunch together at the Rec Hall, and to purchase tickets to the drama being held later this month, it was still raining, only harder by now.

At the Rec Hall we were told that the ticket sales were only from 8:30 to 10:00 AM this morning. Grrr…

Our last chance to get tickets for the play would be on Feb 8th and no tickets would be sold until that time. Grrr…

OK, let’s have lunch with our friends and laugh a little. We were looking forward to the sandwiches and fries they serve, which are really tasty!

All they had today was soup and half an egg salad sandwich. That was the total menu option! Grrr…

Jesse dropped us off at our RV as we had no desire to drag our friends off to somewhere else, the way our day was going.

Back in the safety of our little rolling condo, I relaxed, pondering the situation and events of the day.

A grin crossed my face as I knew I had a subject to write about today.

Life is Good!



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