Friday, October 7, 2011

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

a6f392e9c6ae4527b712bb86e88be6f4 I’ve come across several head scratching moments over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d take the time to share some of them.  The most recent came this morning when I drove through Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte.

Starbucks has this neat iPhone app where you can store your gift cards.  The barista (that’s a fancy name for a young person who dispenses ridiculously high priced coffee drinks) can then scan your phone for payment.  I’ve been reloading an old Starbucks gift card for years so that I didn’t have to pay with cash and wait for change, but I often found myself digging around in my purse to find which compartment I had dropped it into after the last swipe.  The iPhone app was a chance to further simplify my life.

Until today, that is.  When I got to the drive thru window, I was told that they could not scan my phone.  It seems that Starbucks has been sued by customers who have dropped and damaged their phones when they hold them out the window to be scanned.  So much for that great idea.

Head scratcher #2.  My recent work schedule has lately taken me to parts of the greater Birmingham area where I don’t normally travel at 7:30 in the morning.  On Thursday I was on Shades Creek Parkway about 7:15.  For those of you who are not familiar with Birmingham, Shades Creek Parkway, which becomes Lakeshore Drive, is a busy link between Highway 280 and I-65 and even points further west.

At 7:15 a.m. traffic heading west from 280 toward I-65 is heavy but moving steadily in both lanes.  But not this past Thursday, which happened to be garbage pick up day.  Most people think of Shades Creek Parkway as the home of Brookwood Mall, Samford University and Southern Living.  However, people also live along Shades Creek Parkway, and some of them evidently have earned the privilege of having their garbage picked up at their back door.

Unfortunately, I was in the right hand lane, just behind the garbage truck.  Every few feet the truck would stop, and the garbage man would run up the driveway to someone’s door.  Sometimes he would return with a sack or two, which he would toss into the truck, and sometimes he would return empty handed.  The whole process was painfully slow, and none of us in the right lane could shift to the left lane because of the steady stream of traffic.  I guess if you travel this route on a daily basis, you know when garbage day is, and you steer clear of the right lane.

And finally, there’s the group I will call The Mom Brigade.  This is a group of moms who live in Liberty Park.  Each day they transport their children about three blocks to and from the elementary and middle schools in golf carts.

I’ve never seen anything like it.  A couple of weeks ago I was at a job site in Liberty Park and watched a steady stream of mom-driven golf carts of all shapes and sizes pass down a residential street lined with a perfectly good sidewalk.

Back in my day, if you lived within three blocks of the school, you walked.  And it was uphill both ways!!

10 comments:

Tricia said...

I can't get over moms driving kids short distances to school, either! When we were growing up, the moms on our street made a pact never to drive us unless it was raining REALLY hard. I lugged all my books and a clarinet case up and down hills in junior high!

tracie said...

LOL.. all very worthy head-scratching moments indeed! golf carts.. cracked me up! no doubt they had their starbucks and cellies with them too! ;)
oh, and how 'bout them Hogs last night?! they looked awesome! and so proud they didn't blow that lead in the last quarter!!
have a wonderful weekend!

Cassie said...

My friends just bought a house at Liberty Park, so I assume a golf cart is next. The LP home owner's association has even had to add rules about golf carts!

Sush said...

What eye opening commentary from your travels. I didn't know you could scan for Starbucks and I don't believe I would've appreciated the stench behind the garbage truck...been there done that one way too many times.

Hope your travels open up and the air gets fresher!
Hugs~

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

The Starbucks app has succumb to the litigation craze in our country! What next? I'm thinking some attorney should sue the sanitation department for holding up traffic by going back to the days when nobody put their cans on the curb. The golf cart brigade made me laugh. Good post. laurie

Malvie said...

Great post!

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Love that Latte! Believe it or not they do not make it for us in T.O.

Enjoy it for me too.


Gabriela

Lady Jane said...

You gave me a good laugh this morning about the golf carts. Man, just what is going on out there??? Next it will be Segways, lol...

Sue said...

And I thought they only used golf carts to pick up the kids in sunny Palm Desert, CA! There is actually a golf cart lane- LOL Cracked me up when I saw that,
That is just nuts in your area. Yup- walk to and from school! sheesh...

nanny said...

That is so funny...golf carts. Kids around here would be embarrased to ride with mom in golf cart......

Go Hogs!!!