Saturday, May 09, 2009
Never. Again. EVER!
For the first time in a long time, we have a nice, warm, sunny day here. It could be worse weather for having to do errands, right?
I thought I might as well go round up some supplies for our upcoming event at work - stuff for the day of the event, like balloons, ribbon, etc. Cheerful stuff.
Wanting to save as much money as I could, because we are a nonprofit, I looked for these things at craft stores that have great sales. Finding everything but balloons, I stupidly - repeat to self: STUPIDLY - thought I'd save a few bucks by doing to a dollar store.
I will NEVER, EVER go there again.
First of all - the parking lot is a fucking nightmare of SUVs and stupid people getting in and out of them. (Oh, sorry, that was redundant.) Inside, my already terrible allergies went haywire because there is so much shit in there stinking of bad fragrance and perfume.
I had to walk up and down every single aisle looking for balloons because - surprise! - none of the aisles have signs telling you what's in them. That would make too much sense - as would having any available employees there to direct you.
The place itself is a fucking mess. It looks like they have never vacuumed or dusted. You could not pay me to come here; why is the parking lot full?
After going through every last fucking aisle - and encountering items as diverse as spaghetti sauce and headbands and neon tiki-themed party decorations - I finally found the balloons. Somehow even those seemed cheap and unlikely to last.
Checking out, I saw the coup de dollar store: a $1 ovulation test, hanging by gum and other sundries. Hello! Would YOU trust a $1 ovulation test? Were these the defective or suspicious ones? How did they get to be in the dollar store? I have never tried to have a kid but based on my experience with other contraceptive/family planning (or in my case, planning to not have family) goodies, nothing runs cheap.
And on the way out, the cashier wishes me a "happy mother's day weekend."
Instead of saying, "Up yours!" I take the high road and swear to myself in the car all the way home.