In the American 20th Century retail disruption became a way of life, one that made many unhappy. One of my favorite quotes from a novel is... "It must be that there are years unlike other years, as different in climate and direction and mood as one day can be from another day. This year of 1960 was a year of change, a year when secret fears come into the open, when discontent stops being dormant and changes gradually to anger. It wasn’t only in me or in New Baytown. Presidential nominations would be coming up soon and in the air the discontent was changing to anger and the excitement anger brings. And it wasn’t only the nation; the whole world stirred with restlessness and uneasiness as discontent moved to anger and anger tried to find an outlet in action, any action so long as it was violent—Africa, Cuba, South America, Europe, Asia, the Near East, all restless as horses at the barrier." ...from The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck. One of the realities of the universal use of the automobile in the late 1950's and early 1960's was the widespread closing of independently owned small local grocery stores, the kind described in the book that served whole communities much like a neighborhood convenience store, and which simply could not compete with supermarket chains. Sam Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City in 1962. Then the local independent hardware stores started to be displaced by chain or franchise hardware stores, which in turn by the 1970's found themselves looking at home-improvement superstores. And, of course, in my early life electronics meant Radio Shack which itself was bailed out and overhauled by Tandy in 1962. When we were in the computer services business using Tandy computers in the early 1980's, it never occurred to me that there would be a universal use of computers (devices) and I would be shopping on line, then several times a month chatting with not only our postal delivery person, but the UPS and FedEx drivers, and that my primary store would be in international internet retailer something called Amazon. Is Amazon really all that different from the dry goods mail-order business Aaron Montgomery Ward started in 1872? Or the company Richard Sears and Alvah Roebuck founded in 1892? Steinbeck was just observing what every American generation since Teddy Roosevelt's (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) has experienced. As the quote indicates, changes altering the routine of the daily lives of ordinary folks, changes like those discussed here, cumulatively can cause feelings ranging from a wistful sense of loss to considerable upset and anger. And those changes do affect directly many people economically. Me, I'm still really irked that Amazon stopped the Amazon Fresh service in rural areas like mine. Going to the grocery store is a total waste of my time, an unpleasant experience, and exposes me to the flu. Harumph!