Reading, Shopping, Ranting
Okay, I’m going to start with ranting. I HATE SHOPPING! Clothes shopping. Grocery shopping. Shopping for furniture. Gift shopping. You name it, I hate shopping. And I’m not too fond of salespeople either. Going shopping and having the salesperson right there behind me, makes my blood boil. Sorry, but let me explain. Eight years ago I went shopping for a new living room set. A big name furniture store opened in the city to the southwest of me (Nobody opens name brand stores in my city 😦 ) Anyway, I decided to try them out. I get met at the entrance by, what we’ll call a ‘maitre d’, “How may I help you?”
“I’m looking for a new living room set.”
“Well, let me get a salesperson to accommodate you.”
“No, that’s okay. I just want to look around and see if there’s anything I like.”
“No, all of our customers must be accommodated by a salesperson.”
So I stand there for 10 minutes waiting for someone to escort me throughout the store. The thing is; Every time you turn around, you trip over the salesperson. They are right there, in your face! Hello! Do they actually think I’m going to stuff that rocker recliner in my back pocket and run out the door. I won’t go into all the details, but they screwed up my order and then they didn’t deliver it and then I had to rent a truck to go pick it up. Then they couldn’t find my couch. Long story short, I won’t shop there again.
On the other hand: When I went to get a new mattress last year, (I shopped at a different store) The salesgirl told me, “I’ll be right over there if you need me.”
“What, you’re not going to follow me around?”
“No, we don’t do that here. Look around and if you need anything, just let me know.”
She smiled and walked away. I got a great mattress at an affordable price. They delivered and set it up, and I didn’t have to shove it in my back pocket and sneak out the door. 🙂
Then you have the salespeople that you can’t find to save your soul.
Let’s talk about my recent shopping trip to Barnes and Noble. First off, it’s located in the city to the northwest of me. Like I said there are no major or well known stores in my area and I live in a good size city. We aren’t a little backwoods town. Heck, even the sub-divisions don’t seem to want to be associated with us. They give themselves names like, Sierra Lakes, Heritage, and Southridge. Even the speedway changed its name to Auto Club Speedway.
Going to B&N has always been a special treat. Something that we only do a couple of times a year, if that. It’s in Rancho Cucamonga. A higher society type city, but with the economy, even it is getting run down. Best Buy closed down next to it. Starbucks (which was connected to it) closed down. B&N took out the comfy couches and chairs and put in a soda vending machine. It’s just not the same. But I only went for one reason; It was, James Patterson day and it was buy one of his books get one free.
There were no posters outside announcing this. There was no display at the front of the store. They only had 10-12 different novels of his to choose from. I did find “Zoo” on a rack over by the magazines. And finally, I found a two by three foot table in the back corner of the store, by the bathrooms, with some swag and a list of his series books. If I was him, I would be furious.
Anyway, this is what I got…
My son (he’s 25) picked up “Maximum Ride” by James Patterson. Jarrod likes Manga, but I’m going to read it, too. 🙂 And I picked up “Zoo”. Which was written by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.
I also picked up, “The Reversal” by Michael Connelly and “Mad River” by John Sandford.
Went to B&N on Sunday and finished reading, “Zoo” on Tuesday. 🙂 Great story! I’ve been watching the television series “Zoo” and I am enjoying it, but let me tell you, the book and the series are like two different versions of the same story. There are sooo many differences!
Okay, I’m done ranting, I’m done shopping (until I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow) But, I’ll never be done reading!
Till next time: HUGS!