Tonawanda News


January 26, 2014

DUVALL: Twitter livens up a banal grocery run

Tonawanda News — Some random thoughts while live tweeting a rare weekend trip to the grocery store Saturday morning:

• Spotted, a lady pushing a cart with a huge brown toy car tacked onto the front of it. Of course, her crummy kid wasn’t even sitting in the thing.

The way they pack grocery store aisles so full these days giving people those carts is ridiculous. It’s tough enough with a regular shopping cart not knocking over a stack of canned peas. Having to dodge that monstrosity is a bridge too far.

• Overheard, a conversation between two employees: “You can clean anything you want just stay away from the ladies room.” I’m sure there’s a perfectly logical explanation. It just sounds creepy.

• I’ll never understand why the breakfast sausage isn’t kept in the breakfast part of the frozen food section with the waffles and juice. It’s all the way on the other end of the store next to the fresh sausage.

If you ask me, it makes absolutely no sense to have the frozen sausage breakfast sandwiches and the frozen breakfast sausage you use to make your own breakfast sandwich a quarter-mile apart.

• The canned vegetables confused me. I have limited kitchen space and usually only cook for myself. The small cans of veggies were 69 cents. The full-sized cans were 49 cents.

I grumbled and bought the larger ones knowing I’ll probably wind up throwing away half of every can.

• Wegmans, my store of preference, really does listen to customers. They go an extra mile to make the shopping experience better. Take, for example, the large case of pre-weighed cold cuts next to the deli counter.

It’s such a simple idea but shaves sometimes 10 minutes off a trip when you can just grab your turkey, ham and cheese and continue on your way.

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  • ADAMCZYK: The greatest luxury: peace, quiet It is not difficult, for anyone with the intent, to know more about you than you think they should. Every step of yours involving interactive technology can be molded into a picture of how you spend your time, money and thought.

    August 1, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On lines blurred, crossed and nonexistent It strikes me more and more how blurry the lines have gotten in all facets of our world, large and small.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tucker, Barbara.jpg TUCKER: Oh, the joys of Sound Off Never thought the words "Thank goodness for Sound Off" would ever be printed here.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • adamczyk, ed.jpg ADAMCZYK: And now for something completely different... Last weekend I attended a local movie theater (a plushy, posh experience; they design these places now to get you out of your living room and away from your home electronics) to watch the sun set on the British Empire.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • wallace, amy.jpg WALLACE: Too much information? Is there such a thing as TMI or too much information anymore? Some might say yes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014