Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Daughter-in-Law

Parents of the newlyweds: her parents on the left, us on the right. At the Alamo in San Antonio.
Last week our son married a wonderful woman. The parents all met in San Antonio to spend time together and get to know each other. Congratulations!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Walmart and Watch Batteries

Lately whenever I mention that I shop at Walmart I feel like I need to offer an apology. More and more of my friends say that they "don't believe in" shopping at Walmart.

Walmart and I have had our ups and downs. ... But is has nothing to do with my belief system. Whether or not I shop there has to do mainly with price and value.

Case in point: About fifteen years ago my employer gave me a free Timex DataLink Ironman Triathlon watch. It's one of the best watches I've ever owned.

Every few years I need to purchase a new watch band. Until recently I've taken the watch to Walmart whenever it needs a new battery.

Two or three months ago I was shopping in a nearby mall when I noticed that the watch had gone blank. I was near a Batteries Plus store, so I decided to have them replace the battery. I ended up waiting nearly 30 minutes, paid twice what Walmart charges, and also had to listen to the clerk complain about how hard it is to replace batteries and how old my watch was. It wasn't a pleasant experience.

Then yesterday I noticed that watch face was blank again. This time I went back to Walmart. The cheerful clerk tested the battery to find that it was dead, then installed a new one (taking about three minutes maximum), charging $6.39 (including sales tax).

Needless to say, I was a happy camper.

Besides low prices and cheerful clerks, Walmart rarely sells "old" batteries: their inventory recycles so fast that batteries don't have time to run down before being sold. (The same goes for red licorice, by the way--it is generally very soft. ... But I digress.)

That's all I wanted to say. I'm happy to have a Walmart not to far from my home.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Getting His Teeth Brushed before Bed

Two-and-a half weeks ago we got to babysit our grandchild for an evening. When it was time for the bedtime story, he balked. It didn't take long to remember that he always gets his teeth brushed before the story.

The photo above shows the teeth brushing event. With clean teeth he headed to his bedroom to resume his bedtime routine.

We had a good time! Cute kid!