Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Good neighbors, Ahhnold and jumping the gun

- This happy place is at the other end of my residential street - a rather unlovely intersection except for this.  It's family owned and all of the family call you "darlin".  The nicest people ever.  I went by to pick up something to add to dinner, and ended up with some potatoes and two cucumbers.  One of the brothers said, "Mmmm - how about $1?"  I said I didn't have any cash, I had intended to use my debit card and he said, "Don't worry about it - just bring us a dollar next time you come."  So nice, huh?

- There are signs of a movie filming down the middle of the street, about a mile up from my condos.  Mt. Moriah Baptist Church's side parking lot is filled with trailers and signs indicating a film "base camp."  Ah - the internet.  It's an Arnold Schwarznegger film called, "Breacher."  So Ahhnold is coming to my 'hood.  :)

- And finally, something that was funny to me.  I am often entertained by what Google thinks I are going to  inquire about and how it "jumps the gun" with suggestions.   When I was typing in "What to use if you are...", four choices appeared.

What to use if you are:
  1. ...out of dishwashing soap
  2. ...allergic to hair dye
  3. ...out of coffee filters
  4. ...allergic to condoms
How about that?  A variety of choices.  Me - I was out of coffee filters and learned that a folded over paper towel would work just fine.  :)


Joanne said...

Aww I love a good mom and pop store like that!

Also, had to laugh at those google options. Especially number 4.

Sara said...

I laughed at the last one. I also enjoy how Google responds to inquiries.

You don't find too many stores that tell you come back with you have the right change. That's Southern living for you in a big city:~)

I guess Atlanta gets it share of movies being filmed there, but down the street...hmmm that's interesting!

Elephant's Child said...

It is lovely to have a local store which works on trust and goodwill. There should be more of it. I would think that it was also a good business practice and would encourage people to return (not that I am suggesting that he did it for that reason).
I don't think I want to know how google's mind(?) thinks. I lauged though.

Louvregirl said...

Lynn, Fold the paper towel into a quarter of its size and holding the fold, cut a semi-circle. Voila!

Chatty Crone said...

Good to know!

Ileana said...

I've used cut up paper towels many times in my younger years and yes, they work!

I have the same kind of treatment that you get at the market at a nearby art store. The boys (in their 20s...but these days I call any man under 40 a boy)...anyway, they are so sweet and personable and so giving. LOVE Jerry's Artarama!

That Google thing's funny. I've never noticed it.

Riot Kitty said...

I love places like that.

Of course you knew I would ask: What was the answer to #4?

Snaggle Tooth said...

You can't get fresh produce like that here for a dollar! Just one cuke is a buck here. May his kindness be paid back 100-fold.
Poor Governator is going crazy coming up with cash too- His new book bio flopped the first week- only 12k copies sold I heard on the news. I do like his movies tho- who can forget the Terminator! I have a collection of his films, along with a pile of Bruce Willis. I only need a new machine to watch them on again...
The only suggestion which doesn't apply to me is the dishsoap- still using a large Sunlight purchased for $2 I had put away from a decade ago- 2 years n counting on this bottle! That is a funny list-

Lynn said...

Joanne -

Me, too. It was interesting, because just before they gave me my vegetables, a woman had filled up a bag and walked out with it, into the shopping center parking lot. Sherry called after her, "Hey! You didn't pay for that?!" And stood watching the woman as she disappeared from sight. She had her brothers could have chased after her, but didn't. They figured she needed it, I guess. Nice people.

Sara -

I laughed out loud when that appeared. :)

And yes - Southern living at its best. That particular night I was mulling what to have for dinner and remembered I had a package of ground turkey in the fridge that I could make into meatloaf. So the potatoes would go with that. And I had some hummus that I ate with cucumber slices while the meatloaf baked. The potatoes were steamed and fork mashed. Yum.

The Elephant's Child -

I'll be back - said in my head like Arnold in The Terminator. :) Sorry - I'm having a good time thinking about him on my street. Seriously - there are so many places in Atlanta - what was it about my neighborhood???

Lynn said...

lg -

That's it - except I didn't cut it. Worked just fine.

Sandie -

A tip!

Scarlet -

Jerry's Artarama. I'd go there just because of the name. But a bonus that they give great service.

Riot Kitty -

Now I had to go select that option and see. :) Here's the answer:

Snaggle -

I'm glad Arnold's book has flopped. Those 12K probably were bought by libraries. I don't admire him for his infidelity, which apparently was rampant during his years with Maria Shriver, but I do enjoy the camp factor of his movies.

Fireblossom said...

I hate those "helpful" phrases. Half the time they somehow end up in my search box and I get *that* instead of what I wanted. I go to search "Call Of The Wild" and get "Call Me Maybe." grumble mumble...

Sparkling Red said...

It's so great that you have trust within your community, to the extent that you can owe that store a dollar and it's no big deal. I can't think of anywhere that would do that where I live.

Louvregirl said...

Hey Lynn!

Per my blog: "You can see the moon in that bottom shot. Is that it?" Yes, girl! You are sooo right! The moon was in that shot! Good job and thank you for stopping by!!!!

My life! I am surprised that I even get on here to read! We spent the entire morning in the E.R. with my sweet 16 y/o daughter who came home from school w/what we thought was appendicitis pain!

Thank God she is O.K.~turned out she has cysts on her ovaries and had intense pain mid-cycle due to that.

OMG. What a day!

Still here, but recuperating.

Lynn said...

FB -

I know! I grumble with you, but this one was funny. :)

Sparkling Red -

I can't say there are many like that here either.

lg -

Oh no - I hope she is better today. The ER is no fun.

I saw that moon that day here in ATL, too - I should know what causes that.

Jannie Funster said...

I am down to paper towels today too!

Funny list.


LL Cool Joe said...

Arnold Schwarznegger is in town! Lock up your daughter's!

I've never been to a shop where they give you something like that without immediate payment. Very nice!

Betty Manousos said...

i love places like that.

haha...i literally laughed at the last one!

funny list!

big hugs!