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A 9a.m. jaunt to the hardware store


Out of utter randomness – again.

I’ve been working at my internship for about three weeks now and I’m enjoying it immensely. I’m still getting used to the whole sitting on my ass for eight hours a day, but knowing that I’m contributing to something worthwhile is exhilarating. Even seeing how many likes, or share, or comments we get to a post I updated on the paper’s Facebook page is exciting.


I have the awesome luxury of working at a place that’s right one a major bus route. I never have to drive to work and it’s awesome. Give or take a few minutes for morning traffic into Bethesda, my bus ride is usually about 15 min. or so, with about a 10 min. walk depending on how much of a stroll I want to take from the metro station to work.

The building I work in is across the street from this little strip of smaller stores-bread place, drug store, book store and Strosnider’s, a hardware store. I never really noticed this the first couple of weeks I was walking to work but earlier last week, I realized that there are a lot of cars in front of Strosnider’s… at 9 a.m.

I’ve never seen this before, and I don’t know. Maybe 9 a.m. isn’t that early in the morning for those who work in construction and other hardware-related jobs, but I started thinking about a blog post that Erin K. wrote, and wondered what kind of people were they, that made their 9 a.m. jaunt to the hardware store? Because in my mind, 9 a.m. to the hardware store is kind of early for regular folk.

So in my head, I went through a quick list of images:

- retired folks with massive DIY hobbies of epic proportions

- just old folks who have hobbies

- people who work in jobs that require materials from a hardware store

- parents with school-aged kids making a last-minute stop to make that science fair project A-worthy perfecto.

Then I go to my desk and start my awesome work of keeping up on assignments and finding awesome (and awful) internet memes to mass email my coworkers. Ah- life.


So what do you think? What kind of people go to hardware store at 9 a.m.? (Perfectly made up scenarios are also acceptable. We can make this funny.)


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A Bus Stop Study

I was waiting at a bus stop to go to work a few days ago and began wondering if a socio-psychological-behavioral study has ever been done on people waiting at bus stops.

There were about 13 people at the stop, and we were waiting probably 30 minutes for the bus to come and I couldn’t help but giggle at the people waiting with me. In Japan, everyone stands in line. If you were first at the stop, you were first – standing (or sitting) next to the sign post. Everyone respected your place in the line. There was no shoving or evil eyeing of the person at the front of the line.

I assumed this practice was universal but I learned it wasn’t.

When I started taking the university shuttle to campus, I realized that the concept of forming a line is nonexistent. There are half hearted attempts, sure, but once the bus is in sight, those waiting at the bus stop converge on the sign post like ants on some sugary mound.

On this particular day, I stood off to the side of the bus shelter. There was one guy standing right at the sign post. As more and more people came to the stop, they would huddle (because it was very cold and windy) inside the bus shelter. This one lady had the most evil look on her face, staring the guy by the sign post down like she was out on a bounty. It was hilarious.

When there was a bus down at the intersection, these people would leave the bus shelter to huddle around the sign post.

“Not in Service”.

They would huddle back into the bus shelter. Then the next bus would make its turn.

“Not in Service”.

Some huddled back to the bus stop to get cover from the wind, but the woman with the evil stare only slightly backed away from the first man and the sign post. She was uncomfortably cold, I could tell. There was also a second man who began hovering around the sign post like a moth hovering around a lamp post.

What interests me most about the behavior I saw, I guess, was the constant going back and forth from the bus shelter to the sign post. These people wanted to be the first ones on the bus, and I don’t blame them. It was COLD! But it solidifies my judgement of Americans in general. We have absolutely no patience for anything, and it’s always about “me”.

In all honesty. Why do teachers stress themselves out by trying to teach at to form lines in grade school, when we can’t even form lines at the bank, or grocery store. Is there something about being American and not being able to stand in line, one person behind the other? Because even in coffee shops, people are never in any type of line. They’re just… huddled around the cashier, yet people seem to know who needs to go first…

Is there a study on this? If not, there should be.

And that was my random thought of the day- gibberish and all.