Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Retail Therapy or Lunacy?

Shopping is a woman thing. It's a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.
Erma Bombeck, American humorist (1927-1996)

Today marked the annual pilgrimage to the big city for Ashley's "Warehouse Sale" event. After an hour-long wait outside for crowd control, one enters into a maze with people, carts, and big carry-all boxes maneuvering along crowded circuitous paths through various product sections from china to Christmas and baby to bath, generally with good humour until energy levels flag and finally exiting pumped up and exhausted. This is extreme retail therapy.

And it's always breathtaking to take in the Toronto skyline and be amazed by the condominium explosion with striking glass-walled edifices popping up all over the place. Between the number of people lined up at the sale and the number of five-star new buildings cropping up, it is hard to keep in mind that we're in a recession. Perhaps this is not retail therapy, but rather reality distraction. ;-)

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