Shopping the Old Fashion Way
that much at ordering on-line. When I
do, Mrs. C helps me with it. Otherwise,
I am a go-to-the-store shopper.
I shop the
old fashion way.
Mrs. C asked for a particular item for her Christmas present. She gave me a picture of the item from a catalogue
and even a $10 off coupon from “Best Buy.”
At another time she pointed out a store where I could make the purchase
and use the coupon.
I remember her
pointing it out, I do not remember the store or where it was. Obviously, it was “Best Buy” as that was
where the coupon was from.
day I decided to go and buy her present.
course I will buy other things, but this present she will like, the others will
probably miss the mark.
It is the
trying that counts…Right?
I checked Siri
for the nearest “Best Buy.” There were
three. I saw one was Woodridge Avenue and asked for directions. I asked for Woodridge Center Mall.
Siri sent me
to the center of Woodridge Township.
minutes later I figured out how to get to the mall.
Once in the
Mall I looked for the store. There was a
“Best Somethingorother” store, but not a “Best Buy.”
I got back
to my car and asked once again for directions to the nearest “Best Buy.” It was
only one mile away. Siri provided
directions, but for some reason she was not talking. Driving and watching a map on a phone is not one
of my skill sets.
At rt. 1 the
map said turn left. At 100 feet from the
store without a “Turn right now” instruction from Siri, and multiple
entrances from multiple stores, I drove by the “Best Buy” store. It took me a half hour to negotiate a U-turn
on rt 1. It was the middle of the week
during a pandemic and traffic still screamed Christmas.
direction on rt. 1 to get to the store I missed the proper U-turn and out of
frustration made an illegal turn which based on a cacophony of honking led me
to believe that many shoppers were not feeling the Christmas spirit.
I was now on a mission to buy Mrs. C’s present at “Best Buy.”
As I was
making the left turn again, I saw a huge sign on a building across the street, BEST
heck, there are two stores within a mile radius?
As I was pondering
this, I managed to once again miss the “Best Buy” store that Siri wanted to
send me to.
This time traffic
was even worse and it took me almost an hour to be able to make another U-turn.
I once again
found myself at a light with Siri insisting, I turn left and proceed to the
entrance that was disguised by a zillion other entrances to the wrong stores.
right ahead was the store with the giant “BEST BUY” sign. I was going to the sure thing store.
did not like that store because it was the OLD BEST BUY store and now
minutes later I finally found the correct “Best Buy” entrance. “Best Buy” is a pretty big store. The item I was looking for was a tiny
item. Best Buy employees were as hard to
find as the item. I finally did find
someone and after another 1/2 hour of shopping, Mrs. C’s present was in my
It then was
a 30-minute wait to make my purchase.
Seems the pandemic has not stopped shoppers, but it has put a crimp in
people willing to work checkout for minimum wage.
On the way
home I got a call from Mrs. C
you it’s been over four hours!”
want to know; but never send me to Woodbridge to shop again, traffic is a zoo
and the roads are confusing as heck.”
“Woodbridge? Why Woodbridge?”
that is where the nearest ‘Best Buy’ store is.”
Buy? I told you ‘Hand and Stone’, it is
only 5 minutes away. I pointed it out to
“Well, I didn’t
remember where we were, and the coupon says ‘Best Buy’.”
Stone accepts Best Buy coupons.”
going to know that?”
at least get what I asked for?”
spoil the surprise?”
Next year I
am going to only shop on-line and let Mrs. C walk me through it. What the heck, she’s never surprised anyway.
old fashion way sucks!