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Of busses, fans, Larry, Ralph, tongs, and underwear

So I decided to shop downtown, in part because the 26 bus is air conditioned. I used to love shopping, now I often have the opposite reaction. Here's what shopping with me looks like (which is why no one shops with me):
  • On the way, I saw a table petitioning to put Ralph Nader on the Washington state ballot. Politics make me tired. I don't have/spend the time to know it all backward and forward, and honestly, I don't believe many people do. Mostly, I think it's just opinion idolatry, and I don't think that's a faithful use of my time.
  • First stop was Bon-Macy's (dumbest store name ever), on a whim. Ready to rotate some new underwear into the wardrobe, so thought I'd check it out. Mistake. First, I hate department store shopping, especially in upscale stores. I get almost completely overwhelmed when I go inside—they're laid out like a maze, and all the ads depict beautiful rich people, couples, and families enjoying "the good life." That's not me, and that's not my good life. Second, my underwear needs are pretty simple, so a place like The Bon is overkill. I just don't need to be spending that much per pair.
  • Next was Bed, Bath & Beyond, the true object of my quest. With the weather being insanely hot for Seattle, I wanted to pick up an oscillating pedestal fan. Ended up going with the $30 12" one, yet found myself tempted by $60 retro table fans. I'm weird like that, but at least I can talk myself back to rationality fairly quickly. Killing time inside (remember: air conditioning!) until my return bus, I came across toast tongs which would have saved me the electrocution hazard I risked while trying to retreive my stuck bagel this morning. A bagel slicer or a better toaster would also do the job, but the tongs were $1.99 and easier to carry.
  • Walking the block to my bus stop, I got multiple compliments on my purchase (not the tongs). 90+ degree temperatures make Seattle into a fan fan club.
  • On the ride home, I saw an older man striking up friendly but slightly awkward conversation with the woman beside him. Balding and portly, he wore a kind smile and a t-shirt covered in colorful drawings and well wishes from young people. From that, I ascertained that his name was Larry, and that he was likely the candy provider for a camp or somesuch. Or he had taken Larry's shirt. After the woman got off the bus, I got to talk with him for a while. He insisted on sharing with me the mnemonic for the downtown streets of Seattle (Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Pressure), we said all the streets together twice, he shared another mnemonic for the Great Lakes (HOMES), and then taught me which two lakes don't go into Michigan—Ontario, in the province of same name, and Michigan, because it can't go into itself. He lost me a little on the last one, but maybe I didn't hear him right
Now I'm home, basking in the fruits of my labors (not the tongs). With all the moving and settling, I must confess I'm tired of putting things together, but this was worth it.

Comments

I went to Target today for the air conditioning... I mean, a new laundry basket and Randall's birthday present. I think John would have liked me to be home sooner ;)
Almost makes me want to go shopping.
the seattle street mnemonic is very helpful, my mom always repeats it when giving directions to someone! so funny.

i am from the seattle area, but have not lived there for 7 years... i miss it... i am probably home for a few months this fall and then on to berkeley for a few years... at least i will be back on the west coast...

my weather thing is set for home and it reads 90 degrees at 4 pm pacific today... wow. it is incredible... it has been warm and stuffy in geneva, but now it has cooled down condsiderably. hope you make it through, it is bound to cool down quite soon for you! :)
We're all surviving, thank God. You have to keep me posted when you get into town.
I used to love shopping

I don't know if I believe this. :oP
It's true.
of course. how could it be anything but?
"Of busses, fans, Larry, Ralph, tongs, and underwear"

imagine my laughter when i was scouring your entry for reference to thongs...hehehe only to see somthing about toaster tongs...much confusion and laughter...thank you!
I think he gets his thongs at Target.

Lee? Am I right on that one?
BWHAHAHAHAHA
bad mental image...scrub it from my mind!!!
Just like a thong, all the jokes that come to mind go places I don't want to be.
Well, now I guess I know what your reaction is going to be to my christmas present.

But at least I bought it at NORDSTROM where all thongs can be returned. In my experience.
you are so wrong for that yet at the same time so right hehehehe
what a man you are...you can make me think and make me laugh.....so few of those breed exist....you remind me more and more of my mike
I pine for bus-rides. Too chicken to take toddler on a bus.

I wish, I wish they would just call it Macy's. Anyone who likes shopping centers would like the name "Macy's" & the rest of us would just be glad the stupid hyphen was gone.
Mervyns is the store for you. I can tell ;)

no fan for Han to be found on the Sound...

good job on finding one--I went 3 places yesterday, and they were all sold out.

I just read the little captions

on the links--you are funny.