In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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One of the downsides of being a shut-in

I finally dragged myself out today in sub arctic weather to mail a couple of packages from ebay sales and to stop by a Borders so I could redeem a $15 credit that expires at midnight. Brisk doesn't even begin to describe it. Maybe I should have taken a quick look at my desktop weather gadget before I stepped out the door. If I had, I would have seen that it's currently 22 degrees out but only 3 degrees once you factor in windchill. Anyway, it took forever to warm up the car enough so that the ice on the windshield melted to a point where I could see out of it.

I made my way to the post office and hauled the packages to the door only to discover that they had closed at noon. I carried the packages back to the car and then set off to Borders. 15 minutes latter, I arrived in the strip mall only to find that the big red Borders sign had been torn down and the place was empty and deserted. I have no clue when they shuttered their doors but I obviously missed it. It's a pretty common happenstance since it's not like I go out shopping very often nowadays. Stores go up and stores come down. Things change practically in my own backyard and I often don't find out about it until weeks or months later.

So it was a complete waste of my time and a crapload of effort for nothing. It just about sums up the entire year really. Well, not quite. If I had gotten a flat tire along the way and then pistolwhipped by a mugger, that might be a more accurate comparison.
Tags: holidays, usps

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