I popped into an ASDA store yesterday to check if they had the coffee I like which is always very hard to find. Initially I couldn’t see it despite it being made by Nescafe but as I was leaving the coffee aisle, there it was, nowhere near the other Nescafe coffee products !
So I planned on taking a tray of 6 jars which would keep me going till Christmas as I only have a couple of mugs of coffee a day, if that.
Gotta keep a limit on my Amaretto consumption you know !
But it was 1pm, I was hungry and there was a McD’s inside the store. I decided to eat first and get the coffee afterwards. I’m not a McD’s fan but it was there….so I went to check it out. The queue was long so that was enough for me and I went to the ASDA cafe instead and got an all day breakfast for £5 which was a bargain.
At the payment desk there was a sign saying that on a Wednesday, there was a 10% discount for customers aged 60+ so of course, having checked my watch to make sure it WAS a Wednesday (!), I asked for the discount.
“Are you over 60 ?” asked the cashier who looked like she should have been in school.
“Yes I am” I said proudly, showing her that people my age can still be alive.
“Have you any proof” she asked sweetly, showing a row of braces that wouldn’t have been out of place on a horse.
By now I was beaming as it had been some time since my advanced age had been called into question. I pulled out my LeedsCard 60 (discounts from sports and leisure facilities to museums, theatres, restaurants and shops) which as well as having my photo on it, was clearly only issued to people over 60. I then showed her my bus pass to seal the deal but by then I think she was eager to get rid of me before I collapsed and needed to be wheeled to a rest home !
So with my 50p burning a hole in my incontinence pants, I shuffled off to my table to await my meal. About 5 minutes later a cafe staff member brought over my all day breakfast and I could see immediately that the bacon was dry and hard and I’d been given a fried egg when I asked for scrambled.
He had left before the plate had settled on the table so I just decided to tuck in and make do. A few minutes later he came with a plate for another customer so as he was passing, I mentioned the egg and bacon and it was as if he knew himself that the bacon had been sub standard as he said he’d put more fresh on to grill and would be back with a portion for me.
Sure enough, he soon returned with another plate with 3 large rashers of freshly grilled back bacon AND a large portion of scrambled eggs.
I couldn’t eat all that on top of the original meal (he’d even added a hash brown as if to make up for the bacon) but as he kept looking over at me from the counter, I felt under pressure to do so.
With a lot of the scrambled egg, one slice of bread, a rasher of bacon and half the beans still to get through, I was stuffed – but my character wouldn’t let me leave it and have to pass by the counter with the young man giving me disapproving looks.
Like I’d ever see him again !
Then he went into the kitchen and in a flash I took my chance; still chewing the last of the sausage, I grabbed my phone and car keys, dumped the 2nd plate (now empty) on top of the original to hide my leftovers, shot off to the tray collection area, tossed it all on a shelf and, making a nonsense of being a LeedsCard 60 holder, sped out of the cafe area faster than Usain Bolt on roller skates.
Why do I do this to myself ???
Then I went and got my coffee and as all the checkouts had long queues, I went to the self checkout area.
I’m not a fan but with only 6 items, I wasn’t going to wait. I also decided to actually make use of my advanced age and stood looking lost and bewildered beside by an empty machine. In seconds a staff member came to ask if they could help and I pointed at my tray of 6 jars of coffee and asked if it was possible to scan one and do a times 6 to speed things up.
As I suspected, she took over and did everything for me and all I had to do was pop my card in to pay.
I do like playing the game !
I’ve mentioned a few times about going on some UK road trips this year and wasn’t sure when to plan them. Well I may have to do one next week as my neighbours are having an extension built and the side of their house widened to come right up to my driveway.
I can imagine the noise and mess this will involve as most of their current side wall will have to be removed, foundations created and then there will be the actual new construction !!
The foundations are due to be started next Wednesday and the extension will be 6 weeks later so I’m thinking I need to be out of here while all that work is going on. I’m concerned my car will be at risk if on my driveway and I don’t like leaving it out on the street. But the idea of the noise alone has started me thinking of a road trip so no matter what the weather will be like, Wales and Scotland are calling to me !
At least this is one obvious benefit of retirement.
I can play that game as well !