Last night I went to Wal*Mart with two items on my to-buy list: Play Doh® and marbles. Since I went in hungry, I bought a whole boatload of unnecessary items, but that's a topic for another day. I wanted to expound on how hard it was to actually buy both items.
I found the tubs of goop without too much problem. I think they were on the fourth or fifth aisle I checked (How many aisles are in a Wal*Mart toy department, anyway?!?! Twelve, fourteen? And our store is a smaller one.)
Argh! The tangents!
Back to the second item: marbles.
|Children, these are marbles. They are used in a game called "marbles" that can be played at recess. It's tons of fun!|
I wondered if I would, but no, I didn't find jacks, either.
G O N E!
I told myself, "Don't panic. You've seen marbles in the craft aisle. They are used to put into flower vases and such." So I went there.
This is what I found:
I could purchase hollow plastic grapes and rip them off the vines for my purpose.
At length, I settled on buying "green gems." What the heck are "green gems," anyway? What are they used for? Filling flower vases?
Real marbles are gone, folks. You can't get them at your local five-and-dime.
Oops, the five-and-dime stores are gone, too.
But good news!!! You can purchase jacks and marbles at such online wonderlands as Old Time Candy. Just click on the "Retro Toys" tab. I think I never paid more than 49¢ for a set of jacks, though.
You're probably wondering why I want Play Doh® and marbles. I'm going to make myself a rehab kit to see if I can improve my grip. Not only is my childhood lost, but I'm losing my grip, too! Along with my marbles.
All puns intended.