1. Would you ever/have you ever stood in line
for something–tickets, good deals on electronics, Tickle Me Elmo?
In the post-divorce years before Pure Luck came into my life, I once arose before dawn on Thanksgiving Friday to go electronics shopping with a gentleman friend. Never again. It was frightening!
The Very Little Princess received her Tickle-Me-Elmo from her dad, who had a friend with a part-time job at Wally World. No parents were harmed in acquiring it. (He has long since become a favorite toy for our dogs.)
you enjoy shopping as a recreational activity?
In bookstores and yarn stores, yes. With St. Casserole, yes. Otherwise, I’m a surgical shopper. I know what I’m looking for, get in and get out.
3. Your favorite place to
browse without necessarily buying anything.
Antique shops. St. Casserole and I visited one in New Orleans last winter, and in the end I bought some old chandelier prisms for The Princess, but I really purchased them as a courtesy to the hurricane survivor store owner. I wonder if he’s managed to remain there?
4. Gift cards: handy gifts
for the loved one who has everything, or cold impersonal symbol of all that is
wrong in our culture?
Mostly the latter, although I have received some I’ve appreciated, I guess. And my brother and family get them for my kids, because they see each other so infrequently it’s hard to know what they will want. I haven’t given in yet with his daughters, but for his son (now 14) I did a gift card last year. What I don’t like are the ones that expire. That is EVIL.
5. Discuss the spiritual and theological issues
inherent in people coming to blows over a Playstation 3.
It suggests to me that society is on the verge of crumbling, that despite statistics that suggest otherwise, the vast majority of people have no sense of anything existing beyond our material existence, and that even the First World is a random and dangerous place to live.
How about you? Shopping today? Or boycotting? We’re hoping to take a Christmas card picture of the kids and dogs, and may go to see the new James Bond movie later. I’ve finally got time to read The Time Traveler’s Wife, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also hoping to finally make that squash soup. That really doesn’t leave time for shopping, does it?