I dread grocery shopping. People bump you, they block you, and they ram you with their carts. I was in the grocery store today, and I started to wonder: Is it possible to decide to be happy... and then - just be happy - in the grocery store... I heard a couple of goofy ladies a couple of aisles over laughing their butts off about something. I saw a worker stocking shelves, she was singing along with the song on the store’s stereo system. The grocery store’s stereo system is the one thing that actually can cheer me up at the grocery store. More and more often I will catch a song playing in the store that I actually like. Are grocery stores playing better music? Or am I just getting old? Or are my musical tastes far too broad? Can’t I just be happy? Even at the grocery store? Can I be happy and still pull of my writer wannabe angst? Here’s a question: Can I avoid getting in a fight in the grocery store... or whatever public place? How often do you actually see fights in public places? When was the last fight you saw in public? People don’t get in fights in public - usually, mostly... I don't know - you see on the news when a fight really escalates - somebody pulls a gun and they make the evening news. The last serious fight I saw was at a Greyhound Station in DC... about four years ago. These two big dudes duked it out and ended up wrestling on the floor - trapping some poor bystander underneath them. The security guard came along with one of those retractable night stick things and beat one guy on the leg until he let go of the other guy, and then the cops came. Then those two dummies went to DC jail.