Aisle be seeing you
Anent the recent items about male pensioners being stamped ‘not wanted on voyage’ while wives are shopping, an Angus reader who retired five years ago says he has almost got over his pique at not being immediately asked to join the rota of the Pensioners’ Aisle Blocking Club (Arbroath Supermarkets).
He continues: “Club members are easily recognisable by their loud cries of ‘Och, it’s yerself, I’ve no’ seen ye for ages, how are ye?’
“This is a prelude to a lengthy conversation which ranges over family, friends, the weather and updates on medical conditions with particular emphasis on any recently acquired, as well as those from which third party mutual acquaintances are suffering.
“As they shuffle out of the way of one fellow shopper, they carefully block the route of someone coming the other way.
“I was particularly impressed recently by two ladies, in at least their 70s, each of whom had taken a trolley and had choreographed some intricate steps to ensure that at a moment’s notice they could gridlock dairy produce without faltering in their conversation.”
His parting comment was to say that it is amazing how one’s perception changes as the years pass.