Day 2521: Double takes

I did a double take, just now, when I realized this is my first post about double takes, defined as ….

noun
a rapid or surprised second look, either literal or figurative, at a person or situation whose significance had not been completely grasped at first:
His friends did a double take when they saw how much weight he had lost.

I’m doing a double take at that definition because

  1. I don’t know what a figurative double take would look like, literally or figuratively.
  2. I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost recently because, as I discovered yesterday, our scale in the bathroom presents two very different weights, depending on where you move it on the floor.

In case you haven’t completely grasped the weight or significance of today’s title, here are some visual double takes:

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Did you do any double takes at any of those photos, literally or figuratively?

Yesterday, Michael & I were trying to remember supermarkets that were around when we were young.  We remembered Stop & Shop (still around today) and A & P (no longer with us).  I asked Michael, “Do you remember the old joke that Stop & Shop and A & P are merging and the new name is ‘Stop & P’?” I did a double take when Michael said he’d never heard that.

I also did a double take when I saw how few views “Double Take” by Blondie has on YouTube:

Here’s a double take of gratitude for (1) all those who helped me create today’s blog and (2) YOU.

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19 thoughts on “Day 2521: Double takes

  1. Yes, we had the A&P over our way, too, Ann. When I went to college in Maryland and stayed a while, I discovered how regional supermarkets were and did a double-take at how big the Safeway was my first visit inside that one.

  2. I figure a cat in specs is worthy of a reality double check

  3. I did a doublet-take and said, “Are those cassette tapes?” Those bring back so many memories, including songs I didn’t like at first but learned to love after a second listen.

  4. What lovely photos. But I think that everytime haha. I hope you like my latest two posts. Thery’re important to me 🙂

  5. We had an A&P in Montreal when I was a kid but I haven’t heard of them in decades, since we moved west.

    I have not done any double takes recently but your bathroom scale intrigues me.

    It is election day in Canada today, so I am going to head out in the rain to vote .. eventually.

    • Yesterday was a great day for me, Maureen, because you elected to leave double your usual number of comments on this blog. ❤

  6. I want to add to my response to this post by saying that I have done a double take of sorts, after all. After responding to today’s blog post I went back to yesterday’s and saw that you had edited the link to your friend’s obituary. Therefore, I was able to try for a second time to read about Debora Ann Carmichael, and I saw that she was an accomplished person who enjoyed life fully and was surrounded by people who loved her and contributed to others. I am so sorry that ovarian cancer took her so young.

  7. puella33

    I remember the 5 and 10 stores run by Grants and Woolworth. Some had soda fountains. I miss those days

    • I did a double take at this comment because I used to work at a soda fountain when I was a kid. Thanks for reading & commenting.

  8. I often do a double take about stuff

  9. I did a double take at that really delicious cheese bread, Ann. It’s getting close to dinner time here. That may have influenced the attention-grabbing. 🙂 And then more seriously the political current events cause me to take such double takes it’s possible I’m going to hurt my neck!

    • Michael’s cooking is doubly delicious, Debra, and a good (if temporary) relief for all those painful current events double takes we’re experiencing together!

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