When we first moved into our new offices the closest place to get a drink or a candy bar became the Eckerd at the corner of Stone and Main Street. The daytime cashier for the Eckerd is, more times than not, an older gentlemen with an odd charm and an unbridled joy for his job. He is a short and bald man who speaks with a quiet voice but he always has something interesting to say.
He likes to tell you little things about the products you buy,
"The expiration date for these Tic-Tac's is August of 2009, but I bet you will finish them before then"
He always has a point to the story or a punchline to the joke. That's what makes him great. You find yourself asking, where the hell is this going and then BAM you are smiling. He makes you want to go to Eckerd and I've actually walked out of the store when I saw he wasn't working. Buying a Dr. Pepper isn't worth it, if he isn't there.
Over the last couple of months, I've learned a great number of things from him,
And one of my favorite stories of all time:
I was buying Mini-Ritz crackers with cash one day and was due some change. Before he handed me my change he asked, "do you have a significant other?"
"No, not really," I replied.
He then handed me my change, all but one quarter. He kept that quarter for a second as he told me, "well, when you do make sure to give her this quarter. You are always suppose to give women you love flowers."
Awesome. I found that to be the perfect Guy at Eckerd story. Strange set up and simple and homey punchline. He is just the type of guy who puts a smile on your face everytime and I'm glad he is around.