|New England Ice Storm 2008|
No really, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to go Christmas shopping the weekend before Christmas.
I thought I'd just nip over to the local Target--the one that's easier to get to, specifically--buy the two gifts I needed and then get home. How long can it take, I thought.
First off I'd forgotten that my car was still covered with snow. Snow over a veneer of ice. But once I got that cleaned off and drove out of the driveway, I found that the roads were surprisingly empty. They filled up the closer I got to commercial areas, but it still wasn't bad for the Saturday before Christmas, and I thought maybe I'd get out of this alive.
Target didn't have what I was looking for. They had something close but twice the price. Great, I thought, I'll just stop at the next most-likely-to-have-what-I'm-looking-for store on the way home.
They didn't have it either, which left me needing to go to that most hellish of places--THE MALL.
As I neared the roads were still remarkably free, at least until I pulled into the parking...region that surrounded the mall itself. There traffic was nearly at a standstill and it took me a good 20 minutes to make it to the far side of the mall where the stores I wanted were--a drive that usually takes two minutes tops.
When I finally got there they were PACKED. And they didn't have what I was looking for.
Another twenty minutes found me on the next corner of the mall parking lot ducking into the next big-box store which almost had what I was looking for, except that by then I was too burnt out and traumatized to settle for a gift that I wasn't 100% sure was going to be perfect.
So I came home. Two hours of my life WASTED and I still don't have gifts for two people. This is why I like to shop online.