A recent afternoon snowstorm led to a very quiet day at the Lowe’s home improvement store on Jackson Road. So quiet that two women running checkouts were able to spend a few minutes chatting. As a lone customer approached, one commented, “It’s so quiet here today I can hear the birds.” Sure enough–far overhead, sparrows and finches chirped and flew.

“How do they survive in here?” the customer asked.

“We do sell birdseed down in the garden section,” the woman replied. “They don’t seem to need it in the summer, but in the winter we find bags have been punctured.”

The customer considered that and then asked, “What about water?”

Both women laughed and nodded towards the restrooms, which at Lowe’s do not have entry doors (the wall configuration provides privacy). “Sometimes you have to duck when you’re headed in there in the morning!”