Okay, let me warn you that this is kind of a weird story.
I was at the grocery store today and I was loading my food up on to the conveyor belt. An older lady behind me, (remember, here in California, strangers talk to each other) said, "You must have a method". I said, "A method?" She said, "You seem to be planning carefully what food you will put on the conveyor belt. Do you sort it by how it will go in the refrigerator, or all cold items together?" I said, "Oh! Yes, I do have a method, I put all of the heavy items on the belt first." She said, "Why do you do that?" I said, "Because when they get pushed down the belt, they get crammed at the end, and things get squished." Am I the only one who does this? I put the milk and canned goods on the belt first, then bread, eggs, lettuce, chips last.
At this grocery store, they have two conveyor belts side by side at each register. They immediately start checking the other person out after they finish with one, and let the last customer bag their own food. As I was bagging my food, the old lady came and was standing across from me bagging hers too. She was obviously studying my bagging method too because she said, "What do you put in the plastic bags?" (I was bagging some things in paper, and some in plastic). I said, "I put the leaky stuff in the plastic bags." She said, "I do too, but I try not to use too many paper bags because you can't recycle trees." That's california for you too, if you use paper bags, they complain that you are using up natural resources. But if you use plastic bags, they complain that you are littering the environment with them, since not enough of them get recycled. In fact, San Francisco recently tried to pass a law outlawing plastic bags in the city. I knew that would never fly because China town alone would go out of business. The trend now is to use reuseable cloth bags.
I found it very interesting that this lady was so observant of every move I made. I do things without thinking about it much, it is habit for me. But I did tell her, as I was getting ready to leave, "You should watch me load the dishwasher."