Jun 29, 2004

Company Ice

I was at the new Price Chopper last night on East Mountain Street in Worcester. I had bought a big ole bag of bing cherries and when I looked over at the lady bagging my groceries, I noticed she had this plastic bag sticking out of her shirt. She was saying rather loudly to the cashier how hot it was and that this bag made her feel "...soooo cool." I felt my fists clenching at my sides and I was just about ready to call the manager over when I realized it wasn't my precious bag of bing cherries she had stuffed down her shirt to keep cool, but rather a bag of ice from the ice freezer in the front of the store.

What happened to the days of cashiering when it was inappropriate to chew gum while waiting on customers? Apparently now it's acceptable (and dare I say fun!) to put things you can buy in a grocery store down your shirt for your own personal cooling system.

Jun 2, 2004

Watch Out Thomas Edison!

Ever watch a TV show called "Invent This!" on TechTV? It's a show dedicated to inventors and each segment features a re-enactment of how the idea for the invention originated.

I've got one. Why doesn't Purina or Iams invent glow-in-the-dark pet food? That way, when the dog poops outside in the evening, you'll see this brilliantly green glowing mound of poo and it won't be so hard to pick up in the dark and deposit into your Stop & Shop plastic baggy.

It's a struggle being a responsible dog owner. Our beagle Minnie is housetrained and always poops outside. Our walks are equipped with flashlight and plastic baggy. Our precious little Minnie is a very discerning pooper. She'll only go in certain spots and frequently seeks out patches of musky-smelling leaves or overgrown weeds to do her business. Try gathering dog poop in the dark. That shit's like camouflage.Picking up after her in the daytime is easy...it's when the sun goes down that presents the challenge.

Minnie's poo sure is elusive. And essentially this is where the idea comes in. Scooping up glow-in-the-dark poop would be so easy. I'm no chemist, but I've got to be thinking that if the Trojan folks can come up with glow-in-the-dark condoms...well, then digestible friendly dog food can't be too far behind. Y'think?