Easter Shoppers at Winn-Dixie

Big Lines at the Winn DixieI had a great bike riding day yesterday.  I rode down to the Quarter to see one more panel at the PCA conference, back Uptown for drinks with friends, back down to the Bywater for wine with friends, to the Quarter for some dancing, and then back home.  I didn’t take any pictures, though.  I just rode.  It felt so good.  Today the winds were up and the weather was bad and the tornado warnings were on.  So naturally I went out on a bike ride.  I meant to just zip to the grocery store, but I forgot something very important.  It’s Easter.  New Orleans is a religious town, but I still forget that, especially considering how much time folks here spend doing, well, sinful things.  But most stores and restaurants were closed today so people could spend the holiday with friends and family.  This meant my short bike ride became longer as I rode around looking for a store that would sell me cat food, potatoes, and romaine lettuce to feed myself and my kitties.  I ended up at the Winn-Dixie over on Tchoupitoulas, along with the rest of the unprepared New Orleanians.  I snapped this picture while waiting in line with just the few groceries that would easily fit in my bike basket.  Other folks weren’t constrained by this little detail, so that line moved slowly.  Next time I tool around town on a holiday, I’m bringing Jack so I can fill up the panniers with ice cream and discounted holiday chocolates.  Priorities, people.

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