Tuesday, March 9, 2010


So remember that last post?  WELL GUESS WHAT.  Justin and I went for a walk around our silly little neighborhood on Sunday, and we're a couple of streets over from our silly little house and who is walking towards us with his friend but AUNDRE!!  As you can imagine, I almost died of love and joy.  We even almost passed him before we all recognized each other!  We were in the middle of exchanging I-see-you,-other-human pleasantries as we passed each other on the street and then we were all like WAIT A MINUTE HEEEEEEEY!  He came back and HUGGED US BOTH SIMULTANEOUSLY and I said how I almost didn't recognize him because he changed his hair (from smaller dreads to bigger dreads!) and he said something about how he likes to go into outer space when he gets the chance and how he lives on the other side of that big hill and then okay see you around soon!  Now we are trying to figure out where he meant, what other side of which hill.  It all happened so fast, and it took me several more blocks to get my bearings.  Aundre is our neighbor!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

There is someone you need to know about.

And his name is Aundre.  Good thing he doesn't know my name or this weblog, or else (and only or else!) this might be super sketchy.  He works at our closest CVS, which happens to be the most sloppily run CVS of all time.  The pharmacy screws up prescription orders like there's no tomorrow, whether you call it in, drop it off, or order it online.  No matter how, they get something wrong.  There's always a huge wait.  None of the photo machines ever work.  But Aundre works there, and that is more than enough for me.  Early 20s, dreads, and a big, easy, goofy smile.  A typical exchange as you put your items down on the counter for him to ring up: "Hey man, how's it goin?"  "Good, how are you?"  "You know, just livin' my life to the fullest like Indiana Jones."  Or this, as he finishes scanning: "Your total today is $13.68, tomorrow it may be different."  And a sign off, "See ya later, don't worry about much."  We've seen him probably four or five times by now, and this most recent time, he shook our hands in happy greeting, recognizing us too!  The joy leapt in my heart.  You have to understand that when he says these wonderful things, they're beyond natural.  It's not a thought-out gimmick, it's smooth and genuine.  He may be the only thing I legitimately miss about this area once we move.

ps - Totally unrelated.  I was ecstatic to see Girl Scout cookies for sale on sidewalks recently, having not had any in years!  Imagine my surprise to see that they were the same price (maybe $0.50 more) as when I sold them, twelve (!) years ago!  Imagine my dismay to realize that the box in my hand was roughly half the size as it used to be!