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Friday, June 12, 2009

The Way Out

Nancy and I went to IKEA the other day to look for some bathroom rugs. That store is a little scary, as it feels as if you're negotiating a maze. One with very few exit signs, but LOTS [not lost - this is the bad part of the spell checker - yep lost is a valid word, just not the best one for this sentence] of arrows directing you to a cash register. And, even when you get to the register, the way out isn't all that easy to get through.

Why? Well, because you will be only a small part of a very large crowd of people, all of whom want the same thing you do. Escape. And there's only one way out.

Still, one can easily lose oneself within that store, just going from little item to little item, none of which you need just now, but "oh, isn't this an interesting thing to have in the world? What will they think up next?"

By the time we finally got back to the van, we were in possession of two bathroom rugs and about a doze other things that we had no idea we needed until we saw them.

Ikea is an easy place to love.. and hate.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gettin' Skinny

Gettin' skinny is what I'm NOT doing. I've been a little under the weather and that means a little less activity, and more time to eat. Being ill doesn't make it less likely for me to eat, unless it has me sleeping more than normal.

My gastric by-pass means that all I have to do to lose weight is to walk a little (not possible right now) and not eat (not what I feel like doing right now). I wonder, sometimes, what results people who can take things like phentermine diet pills get?

I'll never know, as it's not an option available to me... alas.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

On the Surface

Not long ago, Houston almost lost a well known and respected furniture store. Gallery Furniture's warehouse burned to the foundations and they almost lost the showroom too. Turns out, it was arson.
It is a measure of how the owner is respected that he is not considered a suspect. He was making money and would have continued to do so. He started out broke, and made a fortune selling mattresses and office furniture, and did so with a reputation of treating his employees fairly well.

When disasters struck, he was always one of the first ready to help with money, his own time, and with furniture for families that had lost everything.

His showroom included collections of quirky, but expensive collectibles, including some of Elvis' later costumes. It also included a small menagerie of animals. The only thing he was worried about (after finding out that EVERYONE had made it out okay) was to make sure the animals were rescued. One macaw had to be given oxygen, but other than that, they are all fine. Most of what was in the showroom is damaged beyond repair by smoke and water. He's not crying. He's rebuilding.

He's even been given warehouse space by a competing furniture store. People like this man.

Houston is a better place to be, because of him.

Friday, June 5, 2009

It Has to be Out There

I was searching for just the right one. I thought I would know it when I saw it. I searched through the mall, store after store, first promising and then denying that promise like a bully stealing lunch money from the new kid. It wasn't anywhere. I started to despair.

Then, like a light breaking through the clouds of my despair, I saw it. It was there, on the end cap in two cardboard displays that showcased their full promise. I had reached Nirvana and it was good.

What was it? Does it really matter?

Perhaps it was food, perhaps it was the latest geek toy. It could have been either or both...or maybe...

It was just the right length of shoe string for my shoes.

Do you know how hard it is to find shoe strings now a days? Seems all the pairs of shoes made either have Velcro, or have shoe strings that are supposed to last as long or longer than the shoes.

Sigh,

I'm getting old. I miss being able to find shoe strings.

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