Trucks & Trims

Good afternoon from Butler & Bailey Market.

I hope everyone is having a good week.  I think at this point, it is safe to say we are going to make it another week here at the store without any major problems.

We did receive our Thursday truck, which now seems to be our Friday truck, this morning.  For the first time since this virus started, we received absolutely ZERO paper products.  We usually order about two hundred cases of paper products every truck and typically receive about twenty cases, but today, it was zero.  Oh well, we will try again for Monday’s truck.  We are receiving good quantities of meat and produce every truck, so we can take care of you on that.  I have heard other grocery stores have lots of paper products but very little meat and produce?  That works perfect for us.  We would rather sell you meat and produce than toilet paper.  I would take a good steak over toilet paper any day.  I don’t know, I may need to think that through a little more carefully.  Anyway, sorry we can’t get everything we need for you, but it is not for lack of trying.

I finally did something yesterday that apparently crossed the line of “not acceptable” during the pandemic.  I have been dodging bullets for the last month trying to make all the right decisions, but that finally came to an end yesterday.  You guessed it!  I got a haircut!  I didn’t think much about it until I walked in to work this morning.  You would have thought I was wearing a scarlet letter.  The staff looked at me like I had three heads and insisted on knowing how I could do that to them when none of them have been able to get theirs’ cut.  Customers have also had a troubled look in their eye when they spot my new haircut.  Several even said they would be glad to wear a mask another three months if they could just get a haircut.  I didn’t know it was going to be such a big deal at the time, but now I have probably ruined the morale of the staff and alienated our customer base.  I’m not going to tell you exactly how I pulled this crime off, but I will tell you it involved my cute little son, my daughter’s chocolate chip waffles, and lots of cash.  You see, the lady that cuts my hair also cuts my son’s hair, and she absolutely loves him.  It turns out she also loves my daughter’s chocolate chip waffles.  I already knew she loved lots of cash.  Anyway, this earned us a house call for Tyson and I to get haircuts. 

Tyson and I have been discussing haircuts for the last several weeks and had both decided to get a totally different cut than we usually do.  I think this pandemic has us all thinking differently. We both wanted to go with a buzz cut since I had the tools at home to do this.  I knew this wasn’t going to work for me, because I have done a buzz cut before and my wife hated me until it grew back.  I then decided I might try the newest trend, which is the “Joe Exotic Cut”.  I figured this one wasn’t going to fly either, but it was worth a try. Nope, she was going to hate me again.

The day finally arrived for our house call yesterday.  I was resigned to getting my normal haircut.  Tyson was still arguing his case to his mother for a buzz cut.  I was the first to go and got my typical boring haircut and my cute, but not so smart son, now has a buzz cut.  He is obviously less scared of his mother than I am of my wife.  He will learn.   Afterwards, our barber and my daughter had some chocolate chip waffles, hot off the griddle, and I handed over lots of cash.  Erica will probably never admit it, but I think she actually likes Tyson’s buzz cut.  He is sure excited about it.  I was excited about mine, too, until I walked into work this morning.

Finally, earlier this week I asked you to help me celebrate my mother’s birthday by emailing her happy birthday wishes.  She already had thirty-one emails from you before she had even read the blog herself Tuesday and realized what was going on.  She woke up Wednesday (her birthday) with another inbox full of emails from you!  When I checked on her yesterday, she was reading the one hundred and twenty-seventh email and they were still coming!  Knowing my mother, don’t be surprised if she writes every one of you back, thanking you.  I bet her notes will have better grammar, correct punctuation, and more appropriate language than mine.  You have given her a great birthday present and I want to share with you part of what she wrote me yesterday when I asked her about the emails.

“…if you ever wonder if there are any good people left in this world all you need to do is walk the aisles of Butler & Bailey….they would make going to work every day the best thing you could ever do! They sure have blessed your old mama!”

I can’t say it any better than that. Thanks for all that you do and thanks for letting us all be a part of your community!

Tom Butler

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