Tonawanda News


January 26, 2014

DUVALL: Twitter livens up a banal grocery run


Tonawanda News — I don’t know why stores everywhere don’t do it.

• It’s the first time I’ve been in a Wegmans and not first gotten something to eat. Their prepared foods section is practically free when you factor in the impulse purchases you make when grocery shopping on an empty stomach.

• I usually do my shopping at night to avoid the crowds. This trip was during prime time, 11 a.m. on a Saturday.

I much prefer doing it all by my lonesome at midnight or later on my way home from work when the only people I have to dodge are the stock boys.

• Granted I was live-tweeting a trip to the grocery store so I probably did a fair amount of standing around myself but people really can be clueless. The number of people just standing in the middle of the aisle staring aimlessly was off the charts.

Maybe people really do need to debate the merits of elbow mac-and-cheese versus spiral. I don’t. Give me the elbows and let’s get this show on the road.

• Twitter is a funny place. A goofy idea to describe in entirely too much detail a banal trip to the grocery store generated more response from friends and followers than anything I’ve ever done.

Next up, a laundromat Tumblr?

• If you’re interested, I tagged all this mindless, insipid content with the hashtag #wegmansweekend. I’m pretty sure I’m the only person to ever use it so search it out an Twitter and see in full picture detail what Wegmans is like on a Saturday morning.

Or, you know, you can just go to the store yourself.

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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