You see, you can't go a mile in any direction around here without running into a bagel shop. And 9 times out of 10, it's a great bagel shop. That's what Long Island does. That's ALL Long Island does!
But there are the random shitty bagel shops that needs to be avoided. Maybe the bagels don't taste as good. Maybe the service sucks. Maybe the person who owns it is a complete asshole.
I know of such a joint. Well, I know of a few. But this is about one that I encountered yesterday. I've been there before and I always come away with the same reaction. Feh. And it always seems like it is much more expensive than your normal bagel joint. So I try to avoid it.
Yesterday I had to go get some dry cat food at the pet store early in the morning. I asked Gia if she wanted some coffee and a bagel and she said that she did. So I was gonna go to the pet store in one direction and then go the bagel shop I like in the other direction. Even though there was this bad bagel store in the same strip mall as the pet store. That's how much I normally tried to avoid it.
But in an extreme act of laziness, I decided to just go to bad bagel store instead. I order 3 bagels, a 1/2 pound of cream cheese and a couple of coffees. Now, for those of you who aren't aware. Bagels generally cost around $1.00 - $1.25. And a 1/2 pound of cream cheese goes for about $4.00. So I put a twenty on the counter as the asshole who runs the place looks up and says "Um...that'll be $13.00."
Now I place this same order a lot at the bagel store I usually give my business to, and it usually anywhere from $9.00 - $10.00. What can I say? Bagel shops are imperfect businesses. So I'm trying to add it up in my head and I was just gonna let it go. Then I turned around and looked for a board with prices. There wasn't any. So I politely asked "Excuse me, how does that add up to $13.00?"
And he got pissed at me! Started yelling and slobbering and gesticulating in an incoherent fashion. I can only assume he was giving me a rundown of what each item cost, but none of it was making sense. And I was getting mad because he was getting mad at me. And I know I was only getting ripped off by something like $3.00, but it's generally the little things that really get your goat every now and again. I know that he was just making up whatever price he wanted. That's why he doesn't post his prices.
So I waved him off, called his shop overpriced, called him a fucking hack (made sense at the time) and stormed out of there. Never...EVER...to return.
And you know what? It felt pretty good. Maybe I just needed to let off a little steam.
On a lighter note, Gia is once again going to be a rock star tonight at this concert. She has her own solo again this year. Last year, she brought down the house with a version of "Bad Girls" that kicked ass. Tonight she will be singing "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes and singing backup vocals for most of the rest of the night. Maybe an impomptu duet or something as well. The party goes until almost 4AM.
So if you are reading this when it posts, I will be doing the Old Folks Boogie and celebrating my woman.
If you are reading this sometime during the day on Wednesday, I will be hungover.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. And you know that you're over the hill. When your mind makes a promise that your body can't fill.