Yesterday, I was buying groceries at Thrifty's, and completely captivated by the manner with which the check out person packed them. She did them with such flair, as if she were expecting to get points for style. Each bag (Thrifty's encourages us to bring cloth ones), was deftly folded at the top. Each item was eyed, carefully judged for weight, size and vulnerability and placed very deliberately in the appropriate bag with hands held just "so," fingers tips pointed gracefully and lightly. She was an unprepossessing looking young woman, rather stodgy, scowling with concentration, but when I told her how impressed I was by the style of her packing, her face lit up, and she was beautiful.
Down the south end of the Quadra St strip, next to the Roger's Video Store, there is a new, fairly up-market liquor store, filled with organic wines, small brewery beers and high-end gin. Readers of my blog will not be surprised to hear that I am delighted by this development. Last night, I dropped in, after picking up a video to watch over the weekend. It was doing a roaring trade - working class neighbourhood? Friday night? Of course! But I found myself wondering, as young men whiffing of BC bud walked out with cans of Coors, whether we are quite gentrified enough for what is obviously an establishment with some pretensions to style. Oh well, time will tell. They'll do good business, I'm sure. And perhaps there will be enough customers like me, willing to try saffron gin and happy to buy organic wine, to justify keeping those delights in stock.