Wednesday, November 27, 2019


My lovely wife and I refuse to go shopping on Black Friday. We certainly don’t shop on Thanksgiving. That’s when people should have the day off to spend with their family.

With that in mind, we thought we’d get some early Christmas shopping done on Tuesday. We’ll be far from home on Christmas so we want to get a few things for the grandkids ahead of time.

There are a couple of massive thriving malls near my daughter’s house. My lovely wife and I split up. I spent hours going from one end of the mall to the other. Nothing in the place interested me in the least. Hours later I caught up to my lovely wife. She was still in the first large store she stopped in. The poor girl was bouncing around the store like a ball bearing in a packing crate. She hadn’t found anything of interest either.

At one time malls provided at least a few things of interest to us. Now it all seems like so much nothing.

On the bright side, we did find some gifts in a large bookstore earlier in the day. Large bookstores aren’t all about books anymore. They had a good selection of quality toys and games. Of course, being a bookstore, I found a few things of interest. At the very least they can be counted on to have some boating magazines.



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    1. Everything changes, but I wish more things would change for the better!

  2. Never have and never will. There is nothing I want or need that badly that won't wait. The Madness of the crowds is not for me.

  3. Yeah, book stores around here are pretty much limited to Barnes & Noble. Coffee shop, book reading aids (i.e. lights / bed tables / etc.) and a helluva bunch of fancy chocolate (tres chic !). Music section in the back. Books are almost an after thought.

    I'd rather shop a Salvation Army type of store. A buck a book for paperback and same words as the $17 cost at B&N (I compared them, lol).

    You have an awesome Thanksgiving.

    1. You have and awesome Thanksgiving too!

      At least you have bookstores.

  4. Malls - Yuck! I avoid them. We don't have grandkids yet, but we do have a couple of grand nephews we buy for. This year we will be sending their parents a gift certificate to a bookstore or not so loved amazon for them to buy books or educational toys. Books would be my first choice though.

    1. Good thing the kids are more into experiences than stuff. They feel they have enough stuff.