8 Items or Less


Yesterday’s Perfect Moment is a rather simple one. However, it needs a little bit of context.

I remember a comic strip called the Born Loser (created by Art Samson in 1965and now drawn by his son Chip)***. It wasn’t my favourite strip in that newspaper (my memory is hazy, but probably Bloom County was their best strip), but I found it funny from time to time.  One of the more interesting and occasional  punch lines was “Sometimes I win one.” whenever the character managed to beat the odds not be a loser.

How does this apply to yesterday?

I had gone to the supermarket to pick up a few things…and I mean a few things. This was no serious shopping trip.  When I was done, I walked the length of the cahier lines and very few of them were open.  The ones that were, seemed to be full of people with full carts.  Checking my purchases, I knew that I could use the “express lane”, though I rarely find this to be much of an express, but rather a bunch of people with one or two items over the limit, and no ability to retrieve money or cards from their wallets.  Unlike some of my family members, I am able to let most of this fail to irritate me.

Last night, as luck would have it, another cashier opened up beside us. The young lady announced that her scale was broken, so she couldn’t take anything that needed to be weighed.  As a polite person, I knew to offer the spot to the people in front of me, rather than rush their myself.  Fortunately for me, the others couldn’t avail themselves of the opportunity because they had bought bananas or other fruit that needed weighing.

I got the spot and was out of the supermarket and home in time for Jeopardy.

So, to come full circle, sometimes I win one.


***I didn’t have enough time to do a lot of research and took this information from Wikipedia.  If there are errors, blame them.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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2 Responses to 8 Items or Less

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Oh wow, what a win–win because and you also have Jeopardy. We can only get that on pay TV and we don’t have it.

    • Anthony says:

      You can’t watch Jeopardy? That is truly an unhappy thing. Lately, I have had a crush or two on some of the smart, slightly geeky, female contestants. Rachel, who won yesterday is one such person. I will never meet them, but their intelligence is very attractive.
      If you miss it, you can always find someone posting them on YouTube.

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