Wednesday, September 30, 2009

There Was Something So Pleasant About That Place

Here is what it looks like to walk into a corn field this time of year.

I live in a town full of freaks and bizarre incidences...For the most part. On Monday night when I was dropping my daughter off at show choir, we saw an animal control vehicle parked on the side of the road. Across the street, a guy in uniform was emerging from a yard with a large black bird he was holding upside down. At first, I thought it might be a very big raven, but as he got closer, I realized it was a chicken. Then on Dorky's blog, he posted an article from our local paper about some weird rash of chickens running amuck around Iowa City. I never did find out if it was some kind of planned terrorist act by one of the groups trying to allow chickens in the city, or if a truck overturned somewhere.

Here is some dried corn.

On Tuesday, I was headed back to the office from the other building across the street. Some younger college aged girl stopped me, pointed to my basket and asked, "Hey, is that from CVS?" I was confused because I work for a state institution that likes to use acronyms for everything. So, at first I thought she was asking me if I picked up some forms she needed from a certain area. I kept asking her what she meant. Finally she said, "I work at CVS and people are always stealing our red baskets." She even stuck her finger in my face. Have I ever mentioned on here how much I hate it when people get in my face?

"Oh. Well, we've been using this same basket for the last 7 years at least...Since CVS was still called Osco. And I highly doubt the university would steal it from your store." She saw that I was really annoyed and finally backed off a little.

When I started to walk away, she said, "They may have taken it by accident, you know..." Um, okay. What is wrong with people? I'm sure there are crazy people everywhere, but it just seems that our town has an unusually high concentration of them.


Poptart said...

Good to see she cares so much about her lame corporate job. I mean, seriously?

Remiman said...

Without nuttsy people we'd have much less t write about.

Pamela said...

It's a university town. Of course there are weird people.

Tara said...

Wow, that girl is very serious about her job at CVS. If Walmart was like that, they'd be freaking out at the amount of shopping carts our apartment complex adopted.

laura b. said...

Well, you know Churlita, there is NO WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD you can get those baskets. Junior Detective Nutjob may be onto something here. haha!

Brando said...

Perhaps she got upset because she saw that empty basket as a symbol of her life.

booda baby said...

It could be an Iowa condition. I love it, but it DOES seem to run there ... :)

AlienCG said...

Why do I feel a need to visit Iowa again and stay longer? Terrorist chickens? Basket stealing? This sounds like a fun place to be.

Not Fainthearted said...

I'm with Poptart - Good thing CVS has such a motivated employee

Churlita said...


I know. Talk about being invested in your job...


It's true. There would go half of my blog posts.


It's a university town full of writers - even more weirdos.


If she worked at Wal-Mart, she'd probably come to your apartment building and have you all arrested.


That's right. They are exclusive only to CVS. Duh.


Ha ha. That's so poetic and oh so sad.

Booda Baby,

The crazy does run strong in all the Iowa rivers.


You may want to wear a helmet when you visit. This state is not for the weak.


I sure as hell hope they make her employee of the month.

Johnny Yen said...

The city college I go to nursing school at is in the middle of Uptown, the neighborhood in Chicago with, literally, the highest concentration of mentally ill people in the city; when the mentally ill were "deinstitutionalized" in the seventies, a lot of them were dumped there because there were a lot of old SRO's (Single Room Occupancy). Plenty of drunks, drug addicts and violent criminals, to boot. I'm glad to be going to the day program-- I was originally supposed to be in the night program.

It's bizarre that a woman who is making probably not much above minimum wage, without benefits, would feel such a loyalty to her employer.