Just go. If you’re not up for a big car trip, get as close as you can to the path of totality. Go outside, put on your protective glasses, and just experience it. If you didn’t get the glasses, grab something with pinholes (a colander, for example.) Place an index card in front of you as the screen. Have your back to the sun and hold the colander beside your head, aiming at the card. Congratulations, you have an instant pinhole projector to watch the eclipse phases.
This is a phenomenon unlike any other. Don’t waste this moment with a normal schedule of a Monday doing mundane things, indoors or in a car.
Grocery shopping is a personal thing. Grocery marketers would like to think they give you an experience.
We all know why we go to specific stores. There are intangibles beyond prices and convenience that draw people in. Costco and Sam’s Club has the warehouse-bulk niche. Trader Joe’s has the specialty items. Whole Foods makes you feel like even that Mac and Cheese box you bought at its store is healthy (though maybe not). Then there is just I-need-to-get-everything-on-my-list shopping, which Walmart, Kroger and Safeway are happy to help you with. Continue reading “Grocery shopping as an experience”→
When I was a kid, it seemed unheard of the time spent in people’s cars commuting in places like Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is here.
These are my latestarticles (for one I partnered with fellow reporter Kate Martin) and what people face on the road working the Olympia-to-Seattle corridor. Some drive from the Oregon border. Daily. Others face shorter commutes, but also see bottlenecks just the same on I-5. Continue reading “Why I commute”→
I remember when they opened on my birthday in Olympia a few years ago. We stayed away for weeks knowing we wouldn’t be able to get into the parking lot. When we finally did go, we had to circle the lot a few times, park far away and then once inside, you had to walk. And keep walking. There were so many people it was like being in a guided art exhibit where you are allowed to linger only a few seconds on each piece. The aisles were jammed and in perpetual motion.
Then I got an alert this morning that Walmart is now testing a program where employees deliver customer packages after work, effectively blowing up the two-day model that was the baseline for “Prime” shipping. (We added a box at the end of my Sunday story on this).
And Amazon thought drones were a game changer. What’s next?