Friday

shopping

Tonight I had to go buy a new dress for thing I have coming up next week. I ended up at Parisian, the department store. As I was waiting in line to pay for my stuff, I noticed that the woman in front of me was buying at least twenty identical, silver metallic thongs. Super shiny. Really weird looking, especially that many of them all together. After all of them were rung up, she handed the clerk her only other purchase: a single dishtowel with a huge, orange monkey embroidered on it.

This struck me as an odd combo. I think I feel a short story coming on...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of waiting to check out at the Fellini Kroger behind a twenty-something guy who was buying 10 giant (and I do mean giant!) bottles of catsup and one lone tomato.

Weeks later, I still wonder....

Terry from Knoxville said...

In the food arena:

When I take out of town guests to Calhoun's for All You Can Eat ribs, I always have to stop myself from ordering my two sides as French Fries and Mashed Potatoes.

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of a Dec. 1999 visit to Kroger where the panicked woman in front of me had an entire cart full of bottled water. Remember Y2K?

Anonymous said...

a story? I can think of two possibilities: one she really really really likes that particular garment and its all she wears so she'e stocking up. or two: they are party favors or gag gifts for some kind of bachelorette thing or another. I mean dont you have something better to do with your time than analyze why someone is buying this or that? this is part of why I decided not to be free lance writer because most of it seems like self generated stupidity analyzing things that really dont even bear more than a blip of brain space. most of it seems laced with the self importance of the writers own particular spin on things, like their opinions, their viewpoints are THE final word on things. I mean like who cares about a lot of the stuff that people devote a lot of time to writing polished little pieces on? I really dont give a you know what why some woman is buying a bunch of thongs and a dish towel. if I saw some column in my newspaper on it I would probably just roll my eyes that someone a)wasted their time on it and b) got paid to do so

katie allison granju said...

Poster #4: I can think of at least one other reason why it's good you "decided not to become a freelance writer."

I myself "decided not to become" an astronaut. Or a chef. Or a professional driver. Or a singer.

Katie

PS: A short story is fiction. It isn't freelance writing, per se.

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