Saturday, July 25, 2009

Random Thoughts

Today's Link
No Polar Coordinates

Today's Saying
When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.
~George Bernard Shaw

Today's Picture
My Granddaughter Bree

Today I did Raven's Wordzzle. You can see it HERE.
Pigeon Falls is HERE.

My daughter is having a great time in New Orleans. If you want to see what her group is saying about the gathering click HERE.
If you want to see the evening celebration click
HERE after 6:00 Central Time

At the end of the month I will decided what to do with the three today’s. I am now fairly certain they won’t stay in their present format.

I went to Pick and Save grocery shopping yesterday. They have a large selection to choose from than Wal Mart so the Pick part of the title is fine. But everything is about 10% higher than Wal Mart on the same items so there is no Save in Pick and Save. Piggly Wiggly has better prices and good selection but Pick and Save and Wal Mart are closer.

I know good people shouldn’t shop in Wal Mart but I don’t understand why. Perhaps somebody can tell me. The clerks there always seem happy and are so very helpful as compared to some other stores. They were the first one to have electric carts for people like me . They even have a bathroom I can ride my electric scooter into with no doors.

Just a Reminder- Portrait of Words Stories are due Tuesday. Click on the Portrait of Words symbol in the sidebar or click HERE.


Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

Blogging must be great fun for someone who's forced to be sedentary! What a world it must have opened up to you! And you open doors to others as well.

1:22 AM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

I think for shopping, you have to do what is best for you. Wal Mart pushed manufacturers to have lower prices, hence more companies opened factories in China. So is that bad? Does that take away jobs from our people? Are low prices bad? And most stores have produce that comes from overseas, not just Wal Mart. I avoid produce from overseas because I've read that very little of it is inspected for chemicals. And then there is wages and benefits. What are the various stores paying their people? Grocery stores aren't known for high wages either. There are too many issues to make a good decision without a lot of research and a personal philosophy review.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh contraire! I think lots of good people shop at Walmart! Everyone I know including myself shops at Walmart! You would actually be RICH or an idiot NOT to shop at Walmart. But I still don't LIKE Walmart -- because they're low low prices have put sO many of the smaller mom & pop places out of business. Living in a small county like I do, we have WATCHED loooooooong time family businesses go under shortly after Walmart came to town. They just can't compete! There is no WAY for them to compete! But I don't think it makes people BAD because they opt to save their hard earned money.... I think it makes it SAD that the little guy is forced out.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

The future of the USA AND of NORTH AMERICA is in our hands...the shoppers, if you need to buy anything, then buy made in USA or made in North America...unless you want to see the rest of our jobs dissappearing into China and the like

9:23 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

Rinkly- It has opened a wonderful world and your poetry is part of it.
P.S After Thought- With Wal Mart there are so many things to consider so your right. That's why I'm confused.
Melli-The loss of the mom and pop shop is a sad thing but Wal Mart was not the first of the big retailers to undercut them.
Baron- I buy American when I can but that at times is not a vivable option.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

To make a long story short: My neighbors and I fought Wal Mart in Federal court for 3 years to keep them from destroying our historic neighborhood. Our houses were built in the 1850's -1880's as were the ones they tore down to build a Super WalMart. You guessed it. We lost. Now our houses are "economically obsolete", basically worth nothing. Who wants to live across the street from the Wal Mart?

11:00 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Wal-Mart - -we love to hate it. Despite spoken sentiment, Wal-Mart is thriving. There's a reason for that.

Companies would have moved overseas and jobs wouldn't have been lost if Americans weren't always wanting more for less money. It can't be both ways. We are a "have our cake and eat it too" nation. Shame on us, not shame on Wal-Mart.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

Emma- If that had happened to me I'd hate Wal Mart too. But it does point out something of the problem of a world with many people. Your loss was somebody else's gain. The handicap person who was enable to shop with his family gained. The poor family that saved a little money gained. The person who used to work for a Mom and Pop store that could only pay minimum wage and no benefits now gets better than minimum wage and some benefits at Wal Mart.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

It is very rare I stop in a Walmart, maybe once or twice a year. I like shopping at the Ma n Pa stores, I like to support the local stores first, Then I shop at our Canadian owned stores, before going cross border if you want to call it.

I do like my Best Buy for shopping for the big ticket items. No pressure to buy from the clerks. As it should be. Oh and Hell will Freeze Over before I ever go back to a "Future Shop". Had a really bad Customer Experience and I let the Manager Know. So much for that Extended Warranty guarantee.

Oh, pop by the blog and take a guess at what Today's Close Up is. Email me with your guess, email link provided on the post for your convenience.

A Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty and your Family.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

quilly, you're right and very much a propos here...however it is time we reverse and correct the situation unless we want to become a third world country

2:50 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

There's only one reason that I generally don't shop at Wal-Mart. I don't like shopping there, but I like Target. Aesthetics perhaps? I like some Mom & Pop's and not others. Our downtown has been dying for many years, but it's not Wal-Mart's fault. Its decline began long before Wal-Mart got here. We've got two towns that are growing towards each other. Now, the respective "downtowns" are on the outside edges of the metro area. Despite this, I used to try to shop downtown, but the stores were awful. You should go where your comfortable and enjoy the experience to the extent that it's possible. If that's Wal-Mart, and they provide the quality you want, you have nothing to feel guilty about it. Go for it! :)

6:03 PM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

Your granddaughter is lovely!

6:20 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

It is true... Walmart was NOT the first. But our Mom & Pops SURVIVED K-Mart and Ames... as a matter of fact, AMES went UNDER to the Mom & Pops! But somehow Walmart wins - wherever they go.... However - you are also correct in that Walmart treats their employees pretty fair from what I've heard. And benefits count for a lot!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

Where did you find such a lovely grandaughter?

6:28 PM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

What I dislike about Wal Mart in the long run is that so many stores are now gone that there are few choices. And there are almost no choices for higher end products unless we want to drive 100 miles or mail order them.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Lovely photo of your granddaughter Dr. John. :)

5:52 AM  
Blogger KB said...

Where do you find these wonderful quotes? Loving this.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha love the saying of the day. ;-)

Your granddaughter is gorgeous. :)

7:06 PM  

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