The pandemic didn't stop apple fans from buying apples. Or, Apple fans from buying Apple products.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Red didn't even know that Apple stores had closed, so didn't realize that all Apple stores in U.S. open for business for the first time since start of the pandemic, until Black let her know.

That's probably because Red isn't a huge fan of technology, and except for an iPad (which she mostly uses for Zoom and FaceTime sessions because her computer monitor doesn't have a camera) doesn't own any other Apple products. Yes, both her daughters keep telling her to get an iPhone. But Red hates touch screens, so getting her to switch from her Blackberry (which she loves due to its keyboard) would be a huge change and nothing that will happen in the near future.

So, initially, it didn't make any difference to Red whether Apple stores are open or closed. Until Black pointed out that throughout the pandemic, Apple had opened and closed stores around the world depending on local conditions, so this was a milestone for Apple. And an indicator that Apple thinks the worst is behind us. However, Black couldn't help but add one more thought,

Apple has advised that just because its stores are open does not mean they are fully open for walk-ins. It may require an appointment. Hmmm … make an appointment to spend money shopping in person versus just doing it online in your PJs …?

As voters, should we care whether people on the ballot are mentally capable of holding the job?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: It's probably safe to say that most of us, including Red, think of old age and its implications in a very personal way, either in terms of ourselves or loved ones. But not Black, who often says, "Aging beats the alternative," and looked at retirement from a business perspective, but now sees how it impacts all of us in terms of elected officials.

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How do you look back at the "good 'ole days" if they happened before you were even born?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: We read the same Axios story about "TikTok's nostalgia economy," and although the focus was "media trends" due to younger people using social media to both make fun of older people and also to flashback nostalgically, of course, we focused on very different aspects of the story.

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Want good customer service? Good behavior is a good start.

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: We grew up hearing the expression "the customer is always right," and Red certainly agreed with it; and while Black understood the customer service aspect of it, she did question its impact on employees (why would you "automatically" side with a customer over an employee without knowing the details). And that was before the pandemic changed everything, but especially customer behavior.

Until recently, Red didn't think much about why the customer was "always right," but it reminded her of years ago when Black shared her amusing (or, at least, to Red) version of the Golden Rule, "He who has the gold, rules. "So, wouldn't that also apply to customers? Wouldn't a happy customer be a loyal customer?

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