Patriotic Ralphs Grocery Store Saves Person From Themselves.

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Review of a review of a Ralph’s Realization.

First of all, I would like to commend Eric H. for stepping out of his comfort zone. This can be a difficult thing to do, especially when it comes to grocery stores–and a chain grocery store? When I read that, I was like, “Is this guy out of his mind?” I, personally, only shop at three particular grocery stores, on a rotating schedule, and I hate chain grocery stores. My stores needed to be owned by one specific person, and have UP TO three additional employees, max.

So, when I read this, I was like, “Wow, you are really taking a chance here,” as I shook my head. This guy was on his way to a complete disaster–I was sure of it.

But then I kept reading. And what I learned next shook me to my core.

“Ralph’s has everything – everything for everybody.”

Everything for everybody? No. This couldn’t be so. How could a single store be capable of this? This really made me think: maybe Ralph’s had something for me, too.

Regular Yelp reviews don’t normally inspire me to make important life changes–usually they just inspire me to maybe check out a salad store I haven’t been to, yet–but this one was different. Every night this week, as I lied awake in bed each night, I couldn’t get Eric H.’s words out of my head.

“Now and then you have to go outside your comfort zone.”

“Ralph’s has everything – everything for everybody.”

One night, as I thought about his words, unable to sleep, I looked at the clock. It was 1:32 am.

But then I remembered something. Something I had forgotten. Something else Eric H. had said.

“Not too many places in town where I can get a spicy tuna hand roll, a box of Manischewitz low-sodium matzo thins, a meat tenderizer and a dozen roses… at 2 am.”

2 am. That’s right! This Ralph’s was open, and I quote, “EVERY DAY from until 2 am!” That’s what Eric H. had said– that they were open “from until 2 am”!

I jumped out of bed, and got my keys. I didn’t stop to put on shoes, I just ran out the door, literally falling into my car. “From until 2 am,” rang in my head, as I drove.

When I arrived at Ralph’s, I was shocked. Eric H. was right. Ralph’s did “have so much available anytime I needed it.” “I’ll even bet they have these things available when I don’t need them,” I thought, walking around, staring in awe at all of the products, including the box of Eric H.’s favorite Manischewitz low-sodium matzo thins that I was clutching so tightly in my hands that it nearly broke open. As I left the store, I glanced up and saw something that brought tears to my eyes.

It was the flag from the photo in Eric H.’s review. And he was right: It was a great place to hang it. It looked amazing.

How could I have been so daft? What else was I missing out on in life?

These are unanswered questions as of yet, but I have my whole life to figure it out. As for right now, I’d just like to say: Thank you, Eric H. You’ve cracked open my world in a way I didn’t think possible. 5 stars.

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