Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.
Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
In my regular visits to the Costco I don't bother with their normal oversized carts. I load up the heavy duty flatbed cart. Many items, many pounds. I push the cart slowly because if I get going fast I would not be able to control it or stop it. There would be mayhem. At the checkout it is not a matter of finding the shortest line, it is usually about which lane is the easiest to navigate to. A decision weighted by which line has the cutest checker. I have been known to choose the longer line just so I could spend more time watching those cute Costco checker girls do their job.
I like the Costco, they have done a good job training their people. Speedy and efficient appears to be the rule. I admire how they can pull items from the conveyer and bleep the bar code so expediently. The assistant playing catcher at the other end; sorting, organizing, stacking, boxing with quick handed skill.
Heavy items remain on the cart. The checker and the sidekick pour over it, coaxing out the bar codes for the zap of the laser gun. They exert themselves in the lifting and pushing of products. They are usually dressed to well for this sort of work. Clothing not meant for labor. A glimpse of skin, an inadvertent flash of cleavage, exposing the pink secret color of the underpants. The checker girl and the sidechick are all business. Scan the products and get them back on the cart. Makes the display all the more compelling.
I try to be casual about watching them work. As though I am more concerned with my purchases in their hands than my true focus. The way their bodies move as they bend and lift and heft things about. Their rapid, all business movements that tease with a glimpse of a curved hip, the sway of a breast or the flex of a muscle.
Strength, curves, efficiency and a strangely chaste peepshow all rolled into a simple business transaction. Thanks Costco checkout ladies. Watching you work is one of my guilty pleasures.
There is more Jones in the archives: February 2005 March 2005 April 2005 May 2005 June 2005 July 2005 August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 December 2009 January 2010 May 2014