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Day 290 – Shopping for a laptop

Yesterday I set off for the second time to look at new laptops. What’s wrong with the one I have? A while ago it got dropped. It still works as well as it ever did, but because it landed on a corner and the hinge got damaged I can no longer open and close with any ease or confidence. Clearly, this rather gets in the way of its usefulness as a laptop, especially for someone like me who carries it around a lot, mainly to show PowerPoint presentations.

The above story means that I had a very specific idea of what I wanted. I don’t need a good computer for home. I have that, even if it is five years old. I was looking for something as inexpensive as possible to carry around. Nonetheless, I let the salesman, who (as far as I could tell) was very knowledgeable and helpful explain a few different models to me. I went home with the least expensive model that fit my needs, but being open to what he was telling me means that I feel good about the choice I made. I felt I was informed.

Day 152 – Shopping

Saturday I went shopping, which is something I don’t do very often (except, of course, for groceries). I need a new washing machine so went off to see what could be bought for a reasonable price. Suddenly, I found myself looking at mirrors, toaster ovens, DVDs, coffee makers, and irons–although all I need is a washing machine. But it was interesting and refreshing, and I was grateful to have the free time to do it and not keep looking at my watch.

I even carried on when I went to the natural foods store. Instead of just picking up what was on my list, I found myself exploring: What else do they have? What is that good for?

Oh, wait. Wasn’t that an exercise I actually recommended? Oh, yes. Here. 🙂

Wishing you all a good week!

Day 082 – Shopping (again)

My excursion at the end of last week was not exactly a Madame Karitska-like shopping expedition. Instead of walking to an elegant department store to look at silks, I went by car to one of the many enormous concrete structures with open pipes running along the ceiling where the surplus of our consumerist society is sold at rock-bottom prices on the outer edges of our cities. (If anyone is curious 😉 as to why that sentence sounds so disapproving, they can watch “The Story of Stuff” on YouTube.)

I wanted to go to a particular clothing store to get some plain black trousers for work, and since a friend was driving that direction she kindly offered to take me with her. We went and got my pants first and then drove on. I had nothing else on my shopping list and don’t like getting conned into buying things I really don’t need no matter how cheap they are. (I’m an especial sucker for fleece blankets but, really, there are only so many I can use at one time.) I decided to treat the shopping trip as a curiosity exercise. And it helped. Walking through an open-air market on a beautiful day or browsing in a local arts and crafts store might offer a more manageable and pleasant experience, an experience that encourages one to linger, but I was nonetheless interested in the variety, quality, and prices of the goods and appreciated the relative good humor of the shoppers and, above all, the cashiers.