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“Alien Babies!”

“Whaja think of the storm?” the young man asked me, as he dusted the magazines with a feather duster.

“Oh, wow!” I said. “I thought it would go on forever! How long did it last?”

“I don’t know,” he responded, “but it WAS a long time, and it was right overhead! Hey, this can’t be right. . . it says George Bush is involved in some kind of divorce!” He was dusting one of the tabloids.

“Naaahhh.” I said, waiting for my turn in line. “Sometimes they even write about alien babies being born. You know that can’t be right.”

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He stood, transfixed.

“Alien babies?” he half whispered in astonishment. “No! Not really!”

“Yes! really!” I said, “and you know that can’t be true.”

“No!” he said. “No alien babies!” and then under his breath “alien babies!” half in wonder. He followed me around the store, from time to time saying in wonder “alien babies!”

Albertson’s supermarket hires mildly retarded adults to work as baggers and cleaners. These young people are trained to greet the customers, to accompany them to the cars if they have a basket, to unload groceries and generally to make the customer feel welcome.

I always feel welcome. These young people love their jobs, love being a part of the community, and they take great pride in doing their jobs well. God bless Albertsons for this enlightened hiring and training policy.

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July 25, 2007 Posted by | Communication, Community, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Florida, Random Musings, Shopping, Social Issues | 3 Comments

World’s Largest Camel Race

BBC has published photos from the World’s Largest Camel Race, 468 camels in Layonne, Western Sahara.

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Wikipedia says:

Western Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الغربية; transliterated: al-Ṣaḥrā’ al-Gharbīyah; Spanish: Sahara Occidental) is a territory of northwestern Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. It is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world, mainly consisting of desert flatlands. The largest city is El Aaiún (Laâyoune), which is home to over half of the population of the territory.

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July 25, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Africa, Entertainment, Events, ExPat Life, Geography / Maps | 6 Comments