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Do you ever dance in the grocery store?

I was at Trader Joe's today and they were playing "Jump" by the Pointer Sisters and I could not stop myself from dancing--not full tilt but definitely as much as you can do without moving your feet. So who else dances or at least moves to the beat a bit?

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  1. This is a foodie-batman question?

    Have you ever danced with arugula in the grocery store light?

    (and of course the answer is yes)

    1. That is my biggest problem in life. I forget that I'm in public sometimes and I'll do a little mouth singing/slight dancing. Worse is when I have my ear buds in on a run... And if that is my biggest problem in life? Makes me happy!

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      1. re: lbs

        Hope you don't listen to "The Stripper"!

      2. I can't control myself, I go full-tilt boogie at least six times a day.

        1. No, but I definitely sing. My Whole Foods plays everything from classic rock to alt country to contemporary urban/pop depending on the day and time, and I often find that while I think I'm singing along quietly to myself, other people can in fact hear me . . .

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          1. re: cookie monster

            This is why you will always hear "upbeat" music in supermarkets -- it makes you happy, and you stay longer and buy more. They know what they're doing.

            1. re: Cheflambo

              So then, what would you say about the classical music that's always playing at The Fresh Market?

              1. re: CindyJ

                Cindy, love classical music but it's usually instrumental so I can't embarrass myself.

            2. re: cookie monster

              Same here. Sometimes a little dancing, but much more singing.

              1. re: cookie monster

                Same here, I'm a singer. Plus, in my local Trader Joe's, you are squeezed in sardine tight usually so dancing is not terribly feasible.

                1. re: tcamp

                  Sardine tight at TJs? Never experienced that at all. I never go at rush hour so there is always room to move.

                  1. re: escondido123

                    We don't have the TJ density that Cali has, nearest one to me is very small, and I always seem to end up there at rush hour. Tightest squeeze was Friday evening before a predicted snowstorm when each line had *at least* 20 people. Most with a case of wine and a stack of frozen meals.

                2. re: cookie monster

                  About a month ago 3 different people in the produce section were quietly singing "Under the Boardwalk" by The Drifters to themselves. A 4th person saw this and said to me, "this is such a good song". (I was one of those quietly singing to myself.)

                  I have heard more than a few good songs at the supermarket, but having that many sing at the same time was a first for me.

                3. I don't but my partner does. And he dances like a white boy (which he happens to be). But he's adorable and I just stand by and laugh.
                  Sometimes the shopping cart makes an appearance as his dance partner.

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                  1. re: mangiare24

                    Sometimes the shopping cart makes an appearance as his dance partner.
                    Are we married to the same man?

                    Our son is delightfully just like his father so yes, at times I admit to a bit of understated footwork when our son hears a tune that makes him want to dance.

                  2. Never but I have no rhythm sadly and it does not come to me naturally. However, I love grocery shopping, especially in specialty food stores, and FEEL like dancing when I see beautiful ingredients. My husband, however, does do the happy dance in stores, grocery or otherwise, when certain songs are played, without any qualms.

                    1. No, but I do not dance at events, either. Some are meant to dance. Some are meant to sing. Some? Well, they are not, and I am one of those.


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                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        Aw, come on, Bill. Let's get a Bunny Hop going! '-)

                        1. re: Caroline1

                          Uh, it's my replacement knee... [Grin]


                      2. I haven't danced but I've air drummed..

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                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          "I haven't danced but I've air drummed.."
                          giggling aloud............hahahah

                        2. If it feels good, DO IT...!!! Life is too short to do it any other way. '-)

                          1. Absolutely! All four of my kids would sing full voice in the aisles.

                            Not to mention the # of flash mobs currently scheduled in grocery stores!

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                            1. re: HillJ

                              HillJ said:

                              "Absolutely! All four of my kids would sing full voice in the aisles."

                              I would guess you are just kidding?

                              1. re: Fowler

                                We all used our "indoor" voices.

                                1. re: gaffk

                                  Fowler, not kidding-full voice, in the aisles having FUN and the time of our lives. That's what kids do!!

                                    1. re: Rella

                                      oh don't get me started on the Bee Gee's.
                                      my girlfriend/neighbor and I went to the Ampha Theater in Universal City to see them.
                                      Oh my goodness, they were crazy good.
                                      Hubby bought me their CD's and they're on my iPod.
                                      in the gym working out, I'm behind the times music wise and often put on Bee Gee's. I'm pretty sure that's not how you're supposed to work out due to me not doing dance moves but rather workout moves but who cares, certainly not I

                                    2. re: HillJ

                                      "Fowler, not kidding-full voice, in the aisles"

                                      HillJ, how many of the other shoppers want to kill you?

                                      1. re: DougRisk

                                        Lol...we must live in very different towns. So far, no death threats reported...of course, my youngins are adults now...if I'm lucky...my future grand kids will sing too!

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          We need more HillJ's and their youngin's singing and dancing all over the grocery aisles of America!

                                2. re: HillJ

                                  There is nothing cuter than a cart full of little kids singing loudly in a grocery store. Makes me smile every time, and it beats the heck out of tantrums and fighting.

                                  1. re: Isolda

                                    Then you'll be pleased to know, Isolda, that they all grew up performing, playing instruments and still love music. An IPod is never far from reach and as a family music is a very big part of our family-soul.,....of course, while eating delicious food.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      drumming and eating delicious food for over 30 years!
                                      ;- )

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        Me too, BC! Can't imagine it any other way.

                                    2. re: Isolda

                                      Yep. Life's too short to be bothered by others' good natured and innocent fun :)

                                      1. re: CanadaGirl

                                        Yep, and life is too short to be concerned about being obnoxious and annoying in public. :-) It is all about "me" they insist.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      That's a fantastic one! One good turn deserves another--timely, too:

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          That one was filmed so beautifully, great lighting job.

                                        2. re: HillJ

                                          And here, Improv Everywhere's Grocery Store Musical

                                          I remember my mom smacking me for full out dancing in the store ww shopped at until I was in kindergarten. I was really getting my 1970 groove on.

                                            1. re: calliope_nh

                                              "Fruits deserve the chance to mingle!" Way to start the day with a laugh and a smile--THANKS, calliope_nh! "YES, WE CAN"! That's just fantastic! I loved watching everyone's reactions, too.

                                            2. re: HillJ

                                              A little late to the conversation, but here's my all-time favorite food-related flash mob... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zmwRi...

                                            3. Yep. Especially if my kids are with me.

                                              1. Yes, I do! One grocery store where I go sometimes plays a lot of really good classic rock and I can't help myself. Lucky for me, I have a toddler to entertain so it's a convenient "excuse" for acting crazy.

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                                                1. re: rockandroller1

                                                  Me too, my 2-year-old is my excuse for rockin' out to the early Sunday morning 80s mix at Shop-Rite. :)

                                                2. Only when I find some especially exciting food item. My partner feels the need to juggle produce every time... especially lemons.

                                                  1. I try not to go to the grocery store when I am drunk. Not that I get drunk, of course.

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                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                      I am merely tipsy when I bop to supermarket tunes ;)

                                                    2. I won't dance, don't ask me
                                                      I won't dance, don't ask me
                                                      I won't dance, Madame, with you
                                                      My heart won't let my feet do things that they should do

                                                      Now, when steak goes on sale, all bets are off...

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                                                      1. re: njmarshall55

                                                        "Now, when steak goes on sale, all bets are off..."

                                                      2. Dancing cheek to cheek in the nut section of Trader Joes, does it get any better?

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                                                        1. re: beevod

                                                          Where the nuts are, of course? ;-D :-)

                                                          1. re: Clams047

                                                            yea Clams but who sang that song? now 'that' is the question of the day..............
                                                            "oh it all began with just one little dance and soon I found my true romance, blame it on the Bosa Nova, the dance of love..................I was in the mood, no no the Bosa Nova......"

                                                              1. re: gaffk

                                                                gaff, I break into song all the time. I swear I have a lyric for all occasions.

                                                                not sure what 'that ear bug' is but you're welcome (?)

                                                                1. re: iL Divo

                                                                  "ear bug" is a song that gets stuck in your head and plays over and over in there.

                                                                  1. re: gaffk

                                                                    oh don't even get me started on "moondance"

                                                                    "Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance"....... oh no

                                                          2. I've never danced, but I have laughed out loud.

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                                                            1. re: ahuva

                                                              Recently, a voice came over the P.A. at the supermarket and started to page someone with "YOOHOO!" It struck me so funny--why not have fun at work? :) And, oh, in response to the OP, I absolutely bust a move wherever I am moved to do so, even if it's the grocery store.

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                Exactly, katty-e! Gotta bust a move every now & again myself!
                                                                Life's too short!

                                                            2. My favorite local market "Best Yet" plays old 60's R&R. I sing and dance to the music in the aisles.

                                                              1. Some time ago, there was a young woman who sang without any self-consciousness whatsoever to a song being played, a familiar 60's song; she knew every word, seemed completely oblivious of anyone hearing her. She also had a good voice.

                                                                Absolutely I dance when I hear the songs I used to dance to in the mid-60's. Yes, I am the old woman that people point to when this happens. Who cares, though, I'm still alive and darn!, it makes me feel good!

                                                                I love hearing those songs in the supermarkets. Yes, I do move my feet for a moment before I start to calm myself down, then it's movement upper body and in the mind - the neurons fly!

                                                                1. Only if Vicki Sue Robinson is playing while I'm buying I Can't Believe its Not Butter....but I don't buy ICBINB so....no

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                                                                  1. re: Marge

                                                                    That's Megan Mulally singing to the tune of the old VSR chestnut "Turn the Beat Around." One of the cheesiest commercials in recent history. So bad it's good! Thanks for posting Marge.

                                                                  2. I only dance if.. I need to go the restroom--and obviously I would never use the restroom at a grocery store because I was raised to think they were the epicenter of germs.

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                                                                    1. re: GraceW

                                                                      My grocery store (a chain) remodeled sometime back and put their restrooms in the front of the store, same as some other chains. However, there was one for a woman, and one for a man.

                                                                      I have done the dance at the door myself.

                                                                      Good news, they are going to remodel sometime this year and put 2 women and 2 men restrooms. I'm wondering will they take the space away from ..... produce?

                                                                      Doing the dance there almost every time.

                                                                    2. By the way, escondido123, seems "Jump" has that effect on EVERYBODY--even those who can't hear. ;) Remember this scene from "Children of a Lesser God?" Music starts at :50, enjoy!

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                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                        William Hurt looks pretty good. Thanks.

                                                                      2. While there are some stores with fun enough music to make you dance ( at least in my head) and smile, there is the other side of the coin:
                                                                        You better LOVE, LOVE Frank Sinatra if you were to go shopping at Corrado's in Clifton NJ. And around Christmas - musically it starts nowadays here way before Thanksgiving in the stores, do I need to mention Bing Crosby? I once threatened to walk out of an American Craftsman-like store on the Friday after Thanksgiving if the sales lady wouldn't lower that LOUD racket. She did.

                                                                        1. If I'm in the store's produce aisle and "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis comes on, I usually cut a rug right then and there. The melons, oranges, and other ROUND fruits are all great balls of fire at that given moment, and if someone else tries to join in on the dance, I usually stop. I don't want to attract too much attention to myself. ; - )

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                                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                            ""Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis comes on, I usually cut a rug right then and there."

                                                                            hahahahhahahhh, quite a visual...........................and.........................I'm picturing you with a huge GreenBay Packers CheeseHead adorning you while rutting the rug..........

                                                                          2. Dancing all the time. I like grocery shopping, so that doesnt help either. LOL

                                                                            1. oh, gosh yes. in the grocery store, in TJ Maxx when I find a good deal... :-D

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                                                                              1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                I just returned from the local Goodwill Industries to drop off donations and headed in to find a metal bucket (which I found, yeah!) and a gentlemen looking at wet-dry vacs was singing along with the music....and when I smiled at him he said....I freakin love this tune...forever! Well, folks, that's my kinda guy!

                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                  I stopped by the snack bar on my way into the office this morning, and as soon as I walked in Proud Mary came on the radio and the cook behind the deli counter started singing, clapping and dancing.

                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    Was in GoodWillingNess [ :) ] one day myself and as usual they were playing wonderful classic rock and I true to my maiden name was Rock'ing out myself. A shopper and I were both in the small appliance section looking at same items and we were both singing.
                                                                                    we realized it and giggled saying, "I only shop here because of the music they play." then the employee came over to us after having heard what we'd just said, and she said, "I only work here because of the music they play." hahahhah
                                                                                    whatever reason I like thrift stores is probably due to the music they play, yea, that's it, the music they play. that's my story and I'm stickin to it.........

                                                                                2. I like to shake my groove thing wherever I happen to be at the time, if I am in a restaurant and like the music I will get up out of my share and show everyone some real boogie fever.

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                                                                                  1. re: redfish62

                                                                                    although I have no real boogie fever, I'm not shy and silliness is something that just feels good sometimes.

                                                                                    was in the small little town of Telluride Co with a couple of friends.
                                                                                    some elderly people that seemed in a group asked us if we'd mind taking photo's of them, "of course" we said. one of the gentlemen thanked us and asked if we knew a certain one of them who was posing in the picture. we didn't. he sent that man over to us who introduced himself to us and thanked us for taking the pictures of them as part of their every 5 year high school reunion meetings. a famous lead singer from yesteryear, we were shocked.
                                                                                    my friend said to him, "I'm pulling you up on my iPod, no really, you're on here and help me get through my workouts." she then made him listen to himself on her iPod and we busted our moves right there in front of waaay too many people.

                                                                                    he's now on my iPod and he makes me go faster on the bicycle too.

                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                      Now you gotta tell us.... who was it??

                                                                                  2. On the way home from a charity event in Phoenix we noticed a large crowd at what turned out to be a hispanic supermarket opening. Of course, I needed to go-see. My normally staid, grey-haired husband, classical music man, grabbed a cart and danced throughout the produce aisles to the mariachi band. I was thrilled as were the other shoppers who encouraged him. That he was in dinner dress made it even better.

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                                                                                    1. re: Sherri

                                                                                      Love this, I can just picture it!
                                                                                      There was a 24-hour grocery store near my place/lots of the bars we went to when I was in university. I think they would actually crank up the music late at night. So there was lots of dancing going on when we stopped in for snacks etc after a night out.
                                                                                      4 Freres grocery on St Laurent in Montreal, good times!

                                                                                    2. Every time I've seen this thread...I immediately think about Streakin.....Does that count????

                                                                                      1. Too funny. When I shop at Target with the new lights along the freezer section that turn on as you pass, I have to refrain from dancing like Michael Jackson and moonwalking.

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                                                                                        1. re: chowser

                                                                                          Wow. Billie Jean music and gloves warranted in that aisle.

                                                                                          Look --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oK1EA...

                                                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                            Doesn't it just invite you to moonwalk?:-)

                                                                                        2. I did more so when I was a teenage/20's. Didn't even need any music. Now I rarely do it. However, I still sing and dance in my car.

                                                                                          1. When I pass the Life cereal, I always want to endorse it with my best Iggy Pop. I generally restrain myself, though.

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                                                                                            1. re: monfrancisco

                                                                                              >>>When I pass the Life cereal, I always want to endorse it with my best Iggy Pop. I generally restrain myself, though.<<<

                                                                                              I love your sense of humor, monfrancisco! :-)

                                                                                            2. Why just the other day I broke into the Hora when I found Tabachnik's frozen split pea soup in the frozen foods

                                                                                              1. Hurray for all those grab a moment to let loose and have fun, no matter when or where!

                                                                                                It was at a TJ Maxx, not a supermarket, but the store was playing "On the Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady" when Dennis DeYoung from Styx was singing the part of Freddy. I was singing along very quietly (the PA system was fairly loud).

                                                                                                For some unknown reason, the PA system shut down suddenly and the half-dozen women in my vicinity all looked up....then peals of laughter as we all realized that we'd ALL been singing along.

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                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                  What a great moment to share with strangers :)

                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                    Are there lilac trees... in the heart of town? OOPS!! Couldn't help myself!

                                                                                                    1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                      actually, it was "but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before"....not sure why I remember it so clearly this many years later, but it was hilarious -- we all looked up in shock, furtively looking around to see who heard us....then the laughter as we realized it was all of us.

                                                                                                      1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                        ...or maybe the more telling line in this case, "People stop and stare -- they don't bother me..."

                                                                                                        1. re: CindyJ

                                                                                                          (I'm not sure, but I think this officially qualifies us as nerds.) :D

                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                            ...and proud of it!

                                                                                                            Actually, it sounds like a flash mob in the making to me. :-)

                                                                                                    2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                      "It was at a TJ Maxx, not a supermarket, but the store was playing "On the Street Where You Live" from "My Fair Lady" when Dennis DeYoung from Styx was singing the part of Freddy."

                                                                                                      No wonder why people flee the country.

                                                                                                      1. re: Fowler

                                                                                                        Actually he had (has? Is he still singing? No idea.) a really great tenor for Broadway.

                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                          Just saw him last year...Dennis DeYoung from Styx
                                                                                                          Still going strong.

                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                              They were my favorite band back in the day! OK, since I haven't moved on music-wise, I suppose they're still one of my faves. I got to see them (those that are still going) at a nearby casino a couple of years ago.

                                                                                                              Back on topic, I do find myself tapping my feet and wiggling a bit to 80s music when it plays at the store, although I'm most likely to do a quick boogie when I find a fantastic deal on great clothes at a thrift store! OK, so an exciting food item will get me going too, LOL.

                                                                                                    3. "Do you ever dance in the grocery store?"

                                                                                                      yes and I sing up and down the aisles too.

                                                                                                      1. OMGoodness............sometimes it's good to admit the truth :)))

                                                                                                        yes, I love to dance and sing in markets or the gym or while waiting for the car wash to be completed plus also at work which is really probably not ok.
                                                                                                        if a good song comes on all bets are off regarding me and my actions.

                                                                                                        a man walked by me once at the market while I was trying to find my peanut butter but "Africa" was playing over the speakers at the market. since I have known the band pretty much all my life and adore David Paich, I was singing along and beboppin to the groove while I sought out my Kraft creamy. the man said to me, "well someone's in a good mood today." my response is always the same when I hear that comment which is often, so smiling I say "well someone's gotta be in a good mood and it may as well be me."

                                                                                                        tomorrow may be dismal but at any given moment, I choose to celebrate...
                                                                                                        whatever the reaction brings.

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                                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                          Thank you. I immediately went to play a Journey song from this same era.
                                                                                                          It's more of an "air drum" and "air guitar" song than a danceable one. Enjoy.

                                                                                                          W.C.N. --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9meo3v...

                                                                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                            hey cheese, tell me you have journeys greatest hits! it's duh bom

                                                                                                            1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                              I like Journey. "Send Her My Love" is a fave too.

                                                                                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                oh how funny CheeseBoy, I always skip over Send her my love, but it's our DD's favorite. different strokes........
                                                                                                                she was working for a few years at Gladstones 4 Fish on PCH as a server and one day had Steve Perry outside at a table having lunch.
                                                                                                                obviously she knows on our many yearly boat trips, Journey's Greatest Hits is always being played along with other favorite CD's. yet she served him and said nothing. I asked why she wouldn't tell him HOW MUCH WE ADORE that CD of his. "because he deserves his privacy mom." "who's daughter are you, give me my daughter back". but I do understand, dang........

                                                                                                            2. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                              there's a commercial on right now that features a man in his new car air drumming and signing to whatever rock&roll song that's on his radio. he's so not aware that anyone on the street is witnessing his crazed attitude as he's in the zone. when he's done walkers give him the rock on sign, pretty cute.

                                                                                                              1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                Do the cops know about his Driving Without Due Care And Attention (if not Reckless Driving) and about his not having his hands on his steering wheel?

                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                    Sorry, still a probable offense. Texting or using a cell phone even while you are at a stop sign or at a red light is illegal because you are supposed to be in control of your vehicle and be able to react appropriately.
                                                                                                                    Etc etc etc.

                                                                                                                    It's a little disturbing that this ad is running.

                                                                                                                    1. re: huiray

                                                                                                                      it all depends on the locality and the existing laws as to whether or not it's illegal.

                                                                                                                      1. re: huiray


                                                                                                                        It is a televsion commercial. As in not real. Like those Olive Garden television commercials where someone claims that when their relatives visit from Italy they take them to eat at Olive Garden. :-)

                                                                                                                        1. re: Fowler


                                                                                                                          I'd like to see someone pull me over (at a stop sign) for air drumming or dancing in the car. I've got two cousins in the police force and was never advised this was illegal...though one of them pointed and laughed at me when he caught me in the act.

                                                                                                                      2. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                        yea and its a commercial...the car is not moving

                                                                                                                1. I stand on one foot while I wait to pay. I need to improve my balance!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Jetgirly

                                                                                                                    I do that while shopping after a long day and my hip hurts.

                                                                                                                  2. You can bet I was dancing for glee while picking up a few essentials this morning! Just happy that progress is being made for all of us impacted by the hurricane. Free cell charge, a HOT cup of joe and some curry chicken--life is still good!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                      A little perspective is eye-opening, isn't it? :)

                                                                                                                    2. Funny you should ask. For years I have had the fantasy of seizing the stockboy and whirling down the aisle when it's early and the store is pretty empty and the music system breaks into a waltz.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Querencia

                                                                                                                        >>>For years I have had the fantasy of seizing the stockboy and whirling down the aisle when it's early and the store is pretty empty and the music system breaks into a waltz.<<<

                                                                                                                        Ok, that one should for any reason be explained!