Yesterday, I was talking to an ex-colleague of mine who, quite frankly, has something of a big mouth. I bumped into him at the beach, where he was walking his dog. Anyway, as I was saying, he’s the kind of guy that’s always bad mouthing his co-workers. So he comes up to me and says, “Hey, Jeff. Long time, no see. What’ve you been up to?” “Ah, not much, ” I said. “Well, guess who I saw yesterday? John Robeson, the guy from accounting at Firth Industries. You remember him, the guy with big ears and and an ego to match.” It takes one to know one, I thought, but I kept it so myself. “Oh, really. How interesting,” I replied.
“Yeah, well, I hate to talk behind someone’s back, but ever since he and I had that falling out last year, I’ve never really cared for the guy.” “How come?” I asked. “Well, he’s a bit of a backstabber, always trying to outdo the other guy.” “I know what you mean,” I said. I knew at this point it was time to make my exit, otherwise, this guy would go on about John Robeson for the next 10 minutes. “What time do you have? ” I asked him. “It’s quarter after five.” “Geez, already? Man, I’ve got to hit the road. I’m supposed to meet my brother at the pier in a few minutes. But, hey, it was sure good to see you again. You take care!” With that, I made my exit. I’ve got better things to do than to listen to him gripe all day.
I stopped by the drugstore last night on my way home from work. I had a few toiletries to pick up, as well as my prescription. Fortunately, the chain pharmacy where I go has a little bit of everything: food, greeting cards, magazines–almost as big as a regular supermarket.
To begin with, I needed to get some medications for my allergies. I’ve got hay fever, so I’m sneezing up a storm every morning when I wake up. While I was at it, I also got some antacids and some Band- Aids. Now it was on to pick up my refill.
I stood in line for a few minutes before being waited on. Since it was not a new prescription, the pharmacist didn’t have do a consultation with me. I just gave the clerk my insurance card and she rang up the sale. Fortunately, I have a low co-pay, so my HMO foots most of the bill.