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Christmas Shopping Report

I drove by Walmart today, and they had a good crowd in the parking lot… well, a good crowd for a Saturday, in the Spring, before the tax refund checks have started to arrive.

There were no back-ups in the lot of people looking for parking spots, as spots were available all over. Two years ago they were parking on the grass and there were people waiting in the driving lanes. [Note: I get to observe the parking lot because of the taxpayer funded traffic lights that bracket the Walmart location.]

I go out on the 23rd every year to be sure I won’t need anything until the 27th. This year is really bad locally.

December 23, 2008   6 Comments

A New Holiday Tradition

It looks like I will be spending Christmas Eve locating and replacing the belt on my Mother’s clothes dryer, or, possibly stringing and using a clothes line, which is not a great idea in an area with a concentration of doves and seagulls that perch in the overhanging trees.

There are only two places that are likely to have the part locally, and, at this time of year, it is highly unlikely that if it is not available locally I can get it in less than a week.

The joys of life in a small town.

Update: We have rotation, and an actual, real, made in the USA replacement part. $19 for 92 inches of a ¼” wide strip of fibers coated in rubber, but it works and went on as advertised.

December 23, 2008   7 Comments

Happy Festivus

Yes, today is the celebration of the very untraditional Festivus.

If you celebrate I hope all of your grievances were aired and the airing did not involve the Festivus pole being used in an inappropriate fashion.

December 23, 2008   8 Comments