Conspicuous Non-consumption?

15.12.2015 | 11:55

Dragon Dispatches from the Divine Dragon

I am sooo not like other people….

This past Sunday, since it was (still) unseasonably warm, Debra and I decided to explore the new outdoor outlet mall.

It was a lovely day to be outside.

But “power shopping”?

Ugh.  Not our thing, even when there’s stuff we do need….

We weren’t really “Christmas shopping” — we don’t do much of that, and what we do tends to be online, or at local stores.

But we could both use some new workout clothes — I’ve got one pair of knit shorts, which are starting to get worn out, and two very old sports bras.


And my body is very hard to fit when it comes to, say, yoga pants, etc., so ordering online can pose a challenge….

My height is average, but my legs are short and heavy — yeah, you’ve got it:  how many styles of workout gear have you found that aren’t geared to “lean and leggy”?  Two things I am most distinctly not, and will never be….

Well, lean maybe, but at 51, I don’t think my legs are going to grow any longer….

And just when the hell did athletic shoes get so.  Damn.  Ugly??


Whatever happened to plain old white?

I don’t really want neon orange or lime green, thank you.

Even the “discounted” outlet prices were ridiculous, considering how poorly made the shoes looked….

Let’s put it this way:

We got a really nice walk for our efforts….

(The toy and game store was really cool, but not worth frequent visits.)

And then there was the parking issue….

We’ve got an electric car.


Debra found an EV-only space.  A non-electric, non-hybrid car was in the adjoining one, but leaving as we arrived.

I have no idea how long he’d been parked illegally.

My sister was all set to plug in, but she didn’t have the right payment card.

(We’d never even heard of the options.)

There were no signs indicating any sort of restrictions, other than electric vehicle parking.

However, when we returned to the car, there was a paper on the windshield.

We were apparently in violation of their “must be plugged in, recharging” policy for these spaces.

A policy which was not posted anywhere.

The paper informed us that a picture had been taken of our car, they had noted the license plate number, and if it happened again, we’d be towed….

Debra called the number when we got home.

The man to whom she spoke agreed that the policy wasn’t clearly posted.

But it’s not going to change.

She politely let him know that we weren’t planning to come back anyway, but that that just cemented the decision.

So, I guess I’ll be checking online for my workout gear, tricky as that is.

Hey.  I ordered the workout videos online and downloaded ’em straight to the laptop!  No DVDs, no shipping costs….

And I love the routines.  (Yeah, no results yet, but I’ve only been doing it for a week.  I’m trying to be patient.)

As for “power shopping,” I think I’ll that to the more mainstream folks.

I will just continue to be the offbeat, nonconformist crank I’m comfortable being.

And see if I can find a decent pair of workout shorts at a local store.  Or online.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep laundering the pair I have until they fall apart.

I did not get that “shopping gene.”

Even when I can find clothes and shoes to fit, I don’t enjoy the process very much.

Oh well.  I don’t like to consider myself a “consumer” anyway….

I think that’s a good thing.  Especially at this time of year….


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