Back when Dad was on active duty in the Navy we shopped primarily at the Navy Commissary, no matter where we were stationed. One of the unwritten rules was “don’t shop on or after a payday,” which meant the 15th and 30th of each month. This was back in the days when credit cards weren’t quite as ubiquitous as they are now, and maybe they weren’t offered to poorly-paid military personnel even when they were more common. Anyway, it was routine that the Navy Exchanges and Commissaries were swamped on those two days of the month, so the checkout lines were seemingly miles long.
Fast forward to today, the 15th of January. I didn’t even think about the date. I walked in to the Commissary at 2:20 PM, shopped for half an hour or so, and got into line to check out. There wasn’t a soul in line in front of me.
Times have changed.