I went to Macy’s today. I found some linen pants online that looked interesting. Here’s an ad for them. So I tried to go to the store but went to the wrong mall. Two ladies were sitting outside one of the stores and I asked them for directions to Macy’s.
One of them said “You need to go to the Regency Mall”.
So we had a nice conversation about sales and then I got in the car and went down the road to the Regency Mall. There I found the Macy’s Department store and the pants. Mine don’t have a drawstring. They are made for a regular belt which is fine. I’m not ready to go all the way native style. I also bought a couple of fitted shirts. I’ve never, ever bought fitted shirts before. But then, I’ve never lost this much weight before either. Regular shirts make me feel like I’m dressed in a balloon.
Macy’s is nice. Everything is on sale. And they have the “happy guarantee”. These are the two things I look for in a shopping experience. Consumer items are so incredibly expensive these days they must be on sale. And I must be able to return an item if it ever makes me unhappy. It’s the LL Bean guarantee. Every few years LL gets a box of stuff from me that is making me unhappy. I usually include a note with the returns thanking them for making a trip to the psych clinic unnecessary.
They are pretty cool dudes up there in Maine.
So now I have a new pair of linen pants and two new “fitted” dress shirts and it only set me back about 100 dollars. That’s pretty good in today’s market. But it’s still not great. I can remember the first time I saw a pair of pants selling for double digits (ten dollars). It was back in the sixties, I believe. It probably was just before the time when housing prices started going through the roof. The first house I ever lived in cost about 5,000 dollars (my father told me long ago). We sold it and bought a four bedroom house with a basement and an attached garage (new) for 19,000 dollars. Today that house is probably worth 300,000 dollars. How are we supposed to even understand money when the value of it changes so much over time?
Maybe this house is worth less than it was since the housing implosion a few years ago. I really feel like prices will come down more to where they were back in the sixties. But I can’t wait that long to buy a pair of pants. I ended up paying 33 dollars for these linen pants. Their retail price is 65.00! They would still be hanging on the rack tonight communing with all the other pants if they were not deeply discounted.
So that’s what I did today. I also walked eight miles. I thought about being in a state of not desiring anything while walking. If you can be in that state you’re a lot happier, they tell me. Obviously, I’m not in that state yet because I went shopping a few hours later. I’m hoping I will reach the point where I don’t want anything else. I will have everything I desire. I will achieve the sublime state of being unattached to anything, anywhere except what is already in the closet or the basement.
Such a peaceful state. I’m there now. I should just delete all the Amazon bookmarks and shut off the computer. It is done.
Oh, this feels really good. Maybe I should go try on those new pants.
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