It is almost impossible to go more that ½ mile in any direction down in South Florida, without seeing either a small strip mall or a large shopping center. It is even more impossible to go more that 2 or 3 miles without finding a Dollar Store, or a 99 Cent Store. Where I live, they are in abundance. When I first heard that they opened, many, many years ago, I figured that they would never last. After all, what value can there be in merchandise that is priced at 99 cents or a dollar? Today, they seem to be a booming business. Whenever I go into one, (which is not too often), it is always filled with shoppers looking to save some money. The first time my daughter and son in law took me into one here, I approached the clerk at the cash register,
“Is everything here one dollar?”
“Yes”, she answered.
I said, “Okay, give me the cash register.”
“Everything but the cash register, sir”, she snapped.
“Okay, if everything else is one dollar, then give me everything else.” I replied.
Needless to say, I wasn’t her favorite customer that day.
As if that wasn’t funny enough, when I was having dinner in the dining room later that evening, I mentioned to one of the women that I had been to the Dollar Store earlier and I bought a couple of things and it only cost me a few dollars. She waved her hands at me in disgust and said, “You should have gone to the 99 Cent Store. You could have saved some money.” Go figure!
When I got into my car after the shopping, I couldn’t believe how hot it was. I couldn’t hold onto the steering wheel for more that 5 seconds, as it was just too hot. I kept switching hands to keep from getting third degree burns. I think I am now ready to try one of those driver free cars. How hot was it today? Well, I saw two fire hydrants fighting over a dog. I will say one thing though, “It’s a lot better than snow.”