I had to go to Walmart Thursday evening (the only alternative would have been to do without something I wanted), and the shopping trip went pretty well — in about 7:00, out in ten or fifteen minutes with a bottle of 7 Crown (okay over ice, or with soda.)
Walmart was a (not un)pleasant surprise. The place was very crowded, but everything was moving along in good order. There were lots of employees walking around. One saw me and lead me through some special route (he’d probably been warned in the pre-shift briefing about sketchy-looking old men with bottles) to a staging point where three or four people were waiting for the next register. A lady with a full cart invited me to go ahead of her. Everyone was at least polite, and most were friendly. People were smiling and saying “Happy Thanksgiving.” Maybe by this morning people are tired and tempers frayed. There will probably be appalling reports in the news later. But at least last night things were okay here.