"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas madness 2008

I had to do some more Christmas shopping yesterday. I didn't want to, not because I don't want to give presents, but because at this time of year, it's all about fighting your way through crowds of ill-tempered, stressed-out people. Elder Daughter used to get most annoyed with me whenever we went shopping together, as I used to insist on going early in the day to avoid the crowds. "Mother!" she once said, completely exasperated, "If there are more than nine people in the shop, you think it's crowded!"
However, yesterday morning, I was counselling, so I didn't get out until lunch-time. Off I trundled into town to find not one free parking space in the central car parks, so I decided to cut my losses and go and park in the Matalan car-park. (Yes, I did go into Matalan as well, so I was parked legitimately.) On my way home I passed a lengthy traffic queue, not queueing to get into Tesco but waiting on the road to get into the queue for Tesco's car park!
It was December 12th, almost a fortnight before Christmas Day, or have I done a Rip van Winkle and slept through the final run up to the big day?


Anonymous said...

How times have changed! I now do all my Christmas shopping online so I don't have to deal with "crowds of ill-tempered, stressed-out people"...

Jennyta said...

Good idea. So do I as far as possible.

Jay said...

It's illegal to queue in the road for car parks, but they do it here, too - and it really snarls things up, because the entrances to three of the city's main mutl-stories are all between two roundabouts - the same two roundabouts, at that.

Me, I'm not venturing out there at all right now, because if anyone bumped my post-surgical shoulder it would be BAD.

Jennyta said...

Good thinking, Jay. Stay at home and shop online


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