So I called my friend the other day to tell her something, and then I just couldn’t remember what it was, and now I remember.
It was going to apologize for teasing her about Peapod and to tell her that it is, like, awesome! I know that it seems elitist and George Jetsonish to talk about ordering your groceries online and having someone deliver them the next day, but man, it really rules. The wife sat down and put a list together, and then I came after her to make sure she had everything. I didn’t have to say, “hey, did you get bread?”, ’cause I just typed ‘bread’ and it showed me which one she picked. So I just threw in a few other things, put in the credit card, and waited for our stuff to be delivered to our doorstep. Is that not so much better than driving somewhere and walking up and down and forgetting stuff and having to carry it all into the house? And all for like 5 bucks! They even delivered it on a Sunday. I hope I didn’t tip the guy too much– I gave him about 4 bucks. But in my eagerness, I carried about half of the stuff in myself, so I thought that might be fair. I sure don’t want to be one of those people who are stingy with the tip, and the website said, ‘we don’t expect you to tip, but we appreciate any gratuity’, which sounds like, “don’t be one of those a-holes who doesn’t cough up some cash, you loser! I mean, who would click on the ‘tipping’ link, anyway!!”.
My big worry was about produce, because I remember working for a homeownder once who thought it would be a really brilliant move to order a pile of studs from Home Depot. They delivered the absolute worst bunch of lumber I’ve ever seen– even worse that Home Despot’s normal junk. Because it was their perfect chance to throw in all of the curvy, bark-covered pieces that everyone leaves behind when they pick over their lumber (which you really shouldn’t do in the first place, if you’re a decent carpenter).
Anyway, I thought that Giant would do the same thing, metaphorically speaking. But they didn’t of course, because no one would use a service that gives you the punky produce off of the floor. So the produce was actually really good, and carefully picked, and all of that. I got three cucumbers, and was pretty good about eating them up in short order. #3 was waiting for a really good sandwhich, but didn’t make it. I looked away for about a day, and the thing totally deflated! I think it might have gotten a little sun or something. All I know is that I was summoned to the kitchen to check on it, and it was deflated like a ballon, laying in the middle of a pond of water. A couple of days later, the balloon was gone, but I’m pretty sure that was just The Wife taking some initiative to thorw it away (and heaping burning coals on my head in the process).
But I don’t think my new friends at Peapod should be considered responsible for that.