Dec 9, 2011

Freezing Fog and Shopping

by Tanya Parker Mills

If you're an anti-shopper like me (and I realize that, among women, I'm a rare breed), you look for just the right opportunities to get into stores and get out fast. Those opportunities are hard to come by during the month of December, but we've been "blessed" with a lovely freezing fog the past two days--one that promises to continue into tomorrow and maybe even next week.


Who would want to go out in this weather? Answer: Me.

I am assuming, of course, that most others will choose to stay in and wait for it to clear to resume their frantic, frenzied buying routines. The mall will be not quite so crowded, the streets less populated, and there may even be a decent parking space waiting just for me near my preferred mall entrance--the one that allows me to get in and get out fastest.

And one more thing: Store employees might be more attentive because they're not as busy.

On second thought, their increased attentiveness will likely be negated by the sour attitude brought on by having to travel to work on slippery roads in freezing fog.

Oh, well. I can't have it all.


  1. Brilliant! I never thought of doing that but you're right. I usually shop way early or look for odd times. I hate crowds.

  2. Best I can hope for here in S. CA is rain. Only problem with that is Californians don't know how to drive in rain, so accidents go way up on rainy days. Thankfully we're all done for this year.

  3. Thanks for your comments. I know exactly what you're talking about Donna M. because we moved here from Riverside over 5 years ago.

    I'm happy to report that my assumptions proved correct and we got our shopping done quickly and easily. No crowds and the sales people were actually rather pleasant.

    If this keeps up, I may even venture out for one more shopping trip.

  4. Good strategy. I this year I shopped on line and since I couldn't get out much a niece helped with the leg work.

  5. I love your strategy! I haven't even started shopping yet. sigh.

  6. I'm trying to think of from the heart gifts this year since I can't do from the pocketbook, ha.


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