Convergent Series

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A little heat wave surprise!

Posted by C Scheftic on 2018/07/05

And now for a different kind of note… With a particularly large number of keep-cool items in my cart at Trader Joe’s last week, as I walked past the large insulated carrier bags they sell I thought, “If this heat wave keeps up, I may have to spring for one of those. But, not today: for now I’m still holding out until I win their bag-lottery. Though if I should ever win that, one of these bags is the very first thing I’ll get!”

What’s the TJ bag-lottery? You may already know, but I’ll explain it for anyone who doesn’t. Different stores (TJ’s and others), in different parts of the country, at different times, handle the issue of “shopping bags” differently. Some expect you to bring your own bags and, if you need them to provide one, they charge you for it. Others provide bags for free (or, more accurately include bags in the “overhead” part of their basic pricing!), but give you a small discount if you bring your own bag. What a few of the Trader Joe’s around here do (and only TJs) is that, if you bring your own bags, you can fill out a little slip and, according to some schedule (I’ve no clue what that is though), they will select a “winner” and give that person a gift certificate for their store.

I take my own bags, regularly fill out one of the raffle / lottery slips, and deposit it in the “treasure chest” box by the exit.

So, there I was on Monday of last week, thinking, “I’ll get one of those insulated bags if / when I win a TJ’s gift certificate.” And, on Tuesday of this week, I got a call from “Shelby” at my local store saying I had just won a $15 gift certificate! I made a special trip over to claim it and pick up one of the large insulated bags. (With tax, that was nearly half of my winnings! I so am grateful I could use it that way, and not feel I had to use it for food!) While I was there, I used the rest of it to grab a couple things I’d missed from my list when I was there this Monday. Those could’ve waited, but the bag was actually helpful for taking my contribution to a Fourth of July picnic.

I bought this bag when I won TJ's bag lottery!

And, finally, now on Thursday night, I’ve found a few minutes to tell the tale. Has anything gone surprisingly well for you recently? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

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