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March 9, 2013

As Time Goes By: Coming of age in the grocery store


As I zipped along, Diane kept trying to catch me, mumbling that we had just blown an entire month’s food bill on meat and wine and that I had to stop. I just pressed “Feep,” and kept going.

Just about this time my finger started cramping from holding the “accelerator” wide open for such a long length of time.

The store manager had joined Diane in an attempt to stop me before we had to declare bankruptcy or I hit someone on the hairpin turns connecting one aisle with another. (Good exercise for Diane.)

After I was “captured,” I had to return most of the wine and meat. I was allowed to keep the pre-cooked whole chicken and a few ham steaks, but all the wine had to go back.

I was not allowed to bring them back piecemeal like I did when I was a “buyer” — one trip for all the wine, one trip for all the meat. Some people can sure take the joy out of shopping.

For some reason the manager took my picture and I suspect that I am being “posted” on the walls where you get the electric carts at other shopping markets.

The people on television tell me I can get a cart at no or little expense of my own. I am going give them a call and see what the deal is.

As time goes by, I’ll keep you posted on my next adventure.


Henry Geerken is a three-time NYSUT award-winner writing humorous articles addressing retiree and senior citizen concerns. Geerken also writes for Sail-World, World Cruising Newsletter, regarding his many humorous sailing episodes through the years. He can be reached by email at ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at

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