[personal profile] sparklypoof
I went to safeway on my lunchbreak and got some soup and salad and a Shape magazine to read, and got in line to check out. the man in front of me was getting some sammich-making items and a Men's Health magazine, being very polite about placing the item seperator bar behind his stuff so I could put my items down, but not making eye contact, just following "line etiquette". I commented to him that I enjoy reading Women's Health, and 'm sure the men's version is equally informative.

he perked right up from his "standing in line mustn't say anything but hello and thank you to the cashier" mode and went on to tell me [enthusiastically at that] that he'd lost 50lbs in the last year and a half, mostly thanks to that magazine's advice and inspiration, & how he works out 6x/week now at 5am and feels the best he's felt in his life. I told him many congratulations and let him know I was working on improving, myself - at the 6.30am timeslot.

we laughed about a few gym things, he bought his groceries and wished me good luck in 2008. I wished him the same, and he was off into the world again. the cashier was very sweet and wished me a good day, and I too was off into the world, to eat my lunch. but wow, I left w/a smile on my face and a sense of connecting [however briefly] w/someone who'd been there - who'd DONE something about it, and who was a changed person for it.

any nagging excuses in my mind telling me I "should" do something else vs. go to krav tonight have been quelled.

Date: 2008-01-03 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennifoot.livejournal.com
How serendipitous! (and what a great reason to use my new userpic :) (Serendipity was one of my favorite books as a kid )

Date: 2008-01-03 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yoopie.livejournal.com
I love random conversations when I out and about.
I am actually impressed you got someone to speak at all. I am not saying you do not have the charm to do as such for you do, just striking up conversations in that area seems challenging.

I will say this, now when I come into town for a week, I do go grab some groceries for the week and DO strike up conversations no matter where I go and the success rate is 50%, which hey, at least I am trying right?

That really is very FULL of awesome and you have TONS to smile about.

Date: 2008-01-03 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jukebox-heroine.livejournal.com
you're not supposed to talk to people in the checkout line!! ahhh!! it's like a urinal!! :D ahahaha

Date: 2008-01-04 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shryke.livejournal.com
This planet is a better place with you in it!

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