Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge: Superpowers and Strangenesses

Our Hodgepodge host Joyce welcomes all contributors to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Click on the graphic to visit her at From This Side of the Pond, and leave your own answers on her Linky there (it will be up tomorrow, Wednesday).

From this Side of the Pond

1. Expect the unexpected on From This Side of the Pond. Here's my x-ray question...when was the last time you felt like Superman? What's your superpower? Explain.  

Online searching. For some reason I'm good at trying to think like whoever it was that wrote something up in the first place, which helps to pin down phrases they might have used, or places whatever-it-is might have got put. I think it's related to that mythical gene that makes women good at finding lost stuff at home.

2. Are you a fan of the 'superhero' type movies? If so what's your favorite? 

Without question, the 1978 Superman.

3. Have you postponed or cancelled a trip to the dentist in recent weeks, and if so when do you think you'll feel comfortable going back? How about other routine medical procedures? 

Our dentist is closed for the duration unless you break all your teeth or something. I'm not sure when we'll be back there.

4. What's something that makes you feel youthful? Something that makes you feel 'not so youthful'? Tell us why. 

Like it fine: dates with my husband.

Not so much: seeing not only my own childhood toys but my kids' toys at a nostalgia sale.

Not at all: being asked if I want seniors' discounts that apply to people ten years older than I am. Discounts, I like fine, but not because I'm looking particularly haggard today.

5. I feel compelled to include some sort of corona related question in the HP these days. What's the strangest thing you've seen in relation to the virus? Something that really struck you as odd, made you stop and think, 'Dorothy we're not in Kansas anymore?'

Last week my husband had to look for something at a store where the customers were greeted and treated like they smelled bad, from the moment they got to the door through their checkouts. When he told me about it, I said that that particular well-known chain should be smarter and not miss such an opportunity to put on a good face, make themselves the friendly place to go in a sea of snark. Even at stressful places like airport check-in lines, sometimes they make an extra effort to send a staff person around to chat with people and humanize the process (even if they're sort of screening you at the same time). Or when you get on the plane, the flight attendants sometimes liven up the safety announcements with a bit of comedy. What does it hurt?

Today we picked up some groceries at a different store near where we live. As soon as we got into the cart area, we heard a loud, extremely cheerful voice saying, "Good morning! WELCOME to our store! Enjoy your shopping!" When we were coming out with the groceries, Mr. Energizer Bunny was there again (properly distanced of course), saying "Thank you for shopping here! I hope it was a good experience!"

So which store's more likely to get our business in the future?

Linked from The Wednesday Hodgepodge: Young at Heart Edition.


songbird's crazy world said...

I also love Christopher Reeve as Superman. That video was hysterical

Mama Squirrel said...

Hi Songbird! I remember watching that sketch in the '80's. Another sign of aging?

Joyce said...

I shop in a particular grocery market because I love the way they are making the best of this situation, how kind and helpful and respectful everyone is, and how they go out of their way to let the customer know they are working to keep things extra clean. Greeting me with a spray bottle in one hand, wearing a mask, asking if I'd like a cart...when I say yes the employee sprays it down, clorox wipes the handle and smiles as I walk away. Makes me feel better about everything.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

I'm sure some of those employees would much rather be homeschooling their children than actually having a productive job bringing in a paycheck. Customer service should start at the top and maybe that is a give away in your situation. It takes so little to be nice and it sounds like your "bunny" has found the secret.

Mama Squirrel said...

I'm not quite sure I understand your first comment. I did homeschool my kids, but they are all grown up now.

Or were you just referring to the schools being closed?