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.