I had a strange experience on Friday evening. It was about 6 p.m. and I walked into a Verizon store to snag a new cover for my phone--I'm not a Verizon customer, but I knew they had the case I needed for my lame pay-as-you-go phone that if anyone sees in my hand, I just tell them it's my daughter's so I don't get mocked. Anyway, while I was waiting for them grab a case from the back room, I was amazed at the party-like atmosphere in the store.
What were all these people doing here? I moved into to eavesdrop on a couple standing near the counter. A sales associate and this couple were discussing gigabytes. Now I realize (to a small extent) that gigabytes matter and play a roll in our daily lives in every increasing ways, but really, on a Friday evening after work? You got off at 5 and thought, "Hey, I think I'll head down to the Verizon store to talk with Melissa the sale associate about gigabytes!" Really?
I moved onto the next person, looking interested in the phone chargers on the wall. This guy was excitedly discussing new phone apps with his sale associate. Again, really? On a Friday night?
Now, before we go much further, I realize that I was in that store on a Friday evening--but I was treating my task like what it was: an errand. I wanted to get in, get out, and get home. I was blown away by the party like atmosphere--it felt like a cocktail party, but with less drunkenness and better small talk.
The whole "let's look at phones, discuss gigabytes and goo over phone apps!" confused me at first...but then, I wondered...
What would happen if grocery shopping were as pleasant, party-like and enjoyable as phone shopping?
Maybe those Verizon customers really knew how to find the joy on a Friday night.
What made you laugh today?