General23 Dec 2005 01:41 am

I remember going to a Piggly Wiggly when I was in Louisiana 6 or so years ago (shit!), and loving it because

a) it sold liquor. ONE STOP SHOPPING!

b) self checkouts. NO EMBARASSING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY YOU’RE ONLY BUYING LIQUOR!

c) it was 24 hours. NO MORE ANNOYING MIDNIGHT BOOZE RUN OUTS

 Anyhow, from that moment on, I was obsessed with 24 hour stores. We don’t have many in Edmonton, in fact, there are only convenience stores, adult video shops and select Shoppers Drug Marts (over priced! bad signage!) open in the city. (strange to note: Source, the adult video store, is closed on Christmas Day, but Blockbuster is not. Weird, huh? Also, Blockbuster censors their videos and seems to really like being right wing. Doesn’t that mean they should be closed?)

 Anyhow, when in Montana earlier in the fall, my crew of vagabonds found ourselves in Helena, arriving at 2am with no places open for food. Not even a friggin Dennys! So we went to the Wal*Mart Supercentre and shopped there. It’s so weird to be in a full size grocery store inside a Wal*Mart. Also, they sell lobsters. And rotten produce. It’s kind of sad. And there is a 75 year old greeter. Super centre? Super creepy.

So when I found out that the Wal*Mart near my house (who used to be a tenant of a mall by my house, but when they moved, they killed the mall) was open 24 hours until Christmas, we of course had to go. There were lots of army wives buying robot toys and we were doing okay, but the longer we spent there, the stronger the draw was to buy things. What else can you do at 1am in a Wal*Mart, honestly? But we made it out alive, only making one purchase that totalled $1.07, including tax.

 But people were acting like the world was ending. And the lines were huge. SCARY.

 

2 Responses to “Midnight Shopping”

  1. on 26 Dec 2005 at 5:15 pm kelly

    Jen! I was just speaking of you! And is 50s housefrau code for “internet superstar”? Because that’s what we were talking about. No joke.

    Merry Christmas to you all, as well. xo

  2. on 27 Dec 2005 at 11:27 am The Babler

    Hey Kelly, I went to school with the granddaughter of the founder of Piggly Wiggly! She was LOADED!!! Shop the Pig! Hot lookin’ too! Noice!