no- we are not the ones getting hammered with snow- that's the north country. thankfully for us- not so good for those folks. no, i spent the day shopping with my sister on one of her rare days off. we went to barnes and noble- and i decided that it was just cheaper to get my books through amazon. seriously. i am a book lover. anyone who has ever been to my apartment can see the mini library. if i had enough room for another shelf- i would go and get my other box of books from my mom's attic. sigh. i just cannot pay $35.00 for a book. if i did, that thing damned well better be in 24 carat gold! so- we looked around and bought some paperbacks for mom and jane eyre for my sister. she saw it recently on pbs- and decided to get the book.
all well and good- but wal-mart is in the same plaza- and since i wanted to save gas- my sister and i went in to do some light shopping. i bought energy saving lightbulbs and she wanted to get a card or two- and as i was standing in between 2 racks of blouses in order not to get run over- i decided to really take a look around. what i saw was a whole bunch of folks who looked like they couldn't afford indoor plumbing who were doing their part to keep our economy afloat. there they were like good minions spending their dollars in the never ending quest of the american dream. now, i know that some folks do their fooding there and if you have 8 kids it's cheaper to buy their clothes there and whatnot. i do shop there occasionally because they do have just about everything under the sun at mostly cheaper prices.
my thought is- i wish that there were less chain stores and more stores. we try to shop locally when we can- we have a hardware store that we go to as much as we can for just about everything. it just isn't possible for most things simply because the chain stores have driven away the competition. no- i am not waxing nostagic because frankly, i can't remember a time without mcdonalds or kmart or wal-mart. i just know that when i go to the local hardware- those folks know who i am and they do their level best to help with whatever questions i have- and laugh and joke about the big brown spot on the lawn that they helped fix. it is a unique spot in an increasingly homogenized and generic landscape. maybe that's it. maybe i am longing for more individualism from the country that personified it. less conformity and more individuality. not likely when i can get a lightbulb for $2.00 in binghamton and $2.00 in boise from the chain.