Nearly a month has passed since my last posting, so I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers for my uncharacteristic absence. And since I’m probably my only loyal blog reader, I graciously accept my apology.
A lot has been going on in my life since my wife, our dog, and I returned to the City by the Bay on August 20th. Frankly, I really haven’t had much time to think about blogging. It hasn’t been a top priority since we got back here and, personally, I’d rather not post anything if I don’t have the time to compose something intelligent, entertaining, and/or provocative. What would be the point, right?
I’d like to say that the reasons I haven’t posted anything since right after we arrived in San Francisco is because I’ve been busy. Busy catching up on my work backlog after being off for two weeks while we were on our cross-country drive. Busy studying to take my California driver’s license exam. You know. Very, very busy.
Sure, I’d like to say those are the reasons for my absence, but it’s just not true. Well, some of it is true, but that’s not what has prevented me from posting. Let’s just say I’ve been a bit preoccupied and distracted and let it rest at that, okay?
What has been keeping me busy, though, is shopping. I’m talking about heavy-duty shopping. No, I don’t mean grocery shopping, although I did have to do some heavy-duty grocery shopping as well. No, what I’m really talking about is shopping for BIG TICKET ITEMS: living room and bedroom furniture as well as a whole host of household goods.
I prefer the ease and convenience of buying things (clothing, shoes, electronics, whatever) online. I’m on a first-name basis with the friggin’ UPS delivery guy!
Hey, I’m an Amazon Prime member, for crissake. That means I receive much of what I buy on Amazon within two days after I order it, and shipping is mostly free. And these days you can buy just about anything on Amazon, you know.
About the only time I visit a brick and mortar store anymore is to buy groceries. But, sadly, that has changed over the past week or so. I have been trekking through and buying stuff from physical retail stores. And it’s been pure hell.
It’s such a hassle and it’s way too time consuming. I can’t just sit at my desk, move the mouse around, click a few times, and be done with it. I have to walk, drive, or take a bus to the store. Worse, I have to deal with other human beings…from other stupid, smelly customers to sleazy salespeople to dim-witted register checkers. Oh the horror!
Unfortunately, given the situation I find myself in (which, as I previously said, I won’t be discussing with you at the moment, so please stop asking, dammit), shopping the old-fashioned way has been unavoidable.
Can you buy a loveseat without sitting on it to see how comfy it is? Of course not. You can’t purchase a mattress without lying down on it for at least a few minutes, right? Can you buy a vacuum cleaner without knowing how well it sucks?
And I have found that sometimes the images of items for sale on the internet can be deceiving. They always look great on the web, but not necessarily so great once they’re delivered and taken out of the box. “Is that what I ordered? Yikes!”
The good news is that this brief period of retro-shopping is just about over. If all goes according to plan, I should have acquired most of what I need that requires me to push away from my desk and venture out into the world. Then I can once again return to the ease and convenience of buying whatever I need online.
Oh sure, I’ll still have to brave the elements, which in San Francisco primarily means fog, to pick up groceries or when I want to eat out or take in a movie. But otherwise, just about whatever I need to buy, I can buy it by simply sitting at my desk and clicking away.