I was dozing on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head, listening to the 24/7 local sports talk show on the radio and thinking about what was I going to blog about in the morning. From out of nowhere came the answer: blog about the CVS/Pharmacy down the street. Actually, I did some shopping there yesterday. Why would I blog about the CVS/Pharmacy down the street? Because when it comes to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, I see analogies all around me. My out of date The Oxford American Desk Dictionary defines analogy as: correspondence or partial similarity.
So what similarities do I find between the CVS/Pharmacy two blocks away and The Gazette?
The CVS/Pharmacy down the way is a large store. In the very back of the store is a full-blown pharmacy, but to get to this pharmacy a customer has to walk through aisles of snacks, soda pop, eggs, lunch meat, bread, hair supplies, shaving supplies, milk, over the counter medicine…You get the idea.
At the core of The Gazette is the flash fiction story; but all around the flash fiction stories on this site are commentaries and posts that deal with culture, film and television reviews and topless women. You get the idea. There is a method to my madness. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about CVS/Pharmacy:
CVS Pharmacy (styled as CVS/pharmacy or simply CVS) is an American pharmacy retailer and currently stands as the second largest pharmacy chain, after Walgreens, in the United States, with more than 7,600 stores, and is the second largest US pharmacy based on total prescription revenue. As the retail pharmacy division of CVS Health, it ranks as the 12th largest company in the world according to Fortune 500 in 2014. CVS Pharmacy’s leading competitor Walgreens ranked 37th.
CVS sells prescription drugs and a wide assortment of general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products and cosmetics, film and photo finishing services, seasonal merchandise, greeting cards, and convenience foods through their CVS Pharmacy and Longs Drugs retail stores and online through CVS.com. It also provides healthcare services through its more than 1000 MinuteClinic medical clinics  as well as their Diabetes Care Centers. Most of these clinics are located within CVS stores.
CVS is incorporated in Delaware, and is based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. As of 2008, CVS Caremark was the largest for-profit employer in Rhode Island. It was founded on Merrimack Street in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1963, under the name Consumer Value Store. It was founded by Sid Goldstein, Stanley Goldstein, and Ralph Hoagland, as a discount health and beauty aid store. The first customers were required to bag their own purchases.
Oh, and at the store down the street you can check yourself out if you want to. There are four automated express registers at the front of the store. How cool is that?
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
Hail to Pitt!
Today it will be a mostly overcast day with a high around 44.
Now I’m going back to sleep. Catch you on the flip side.