What a Day (My April 19th)!

@cripfemme (7715)
United States
April 19, 2008 10:57pm CST
What a day I’ve had! I always knew you shouldn’t shop at Wal-Mart, and usually I don’t, but I needed a tent to put my table under so I could exhibit today in case it rained. The only place that had one that I could afford was Wal-Mart. I borrowed money from Sarah, one of my PCA’s, to buy the tent even, which I usually don’t do. I don’t think it’s appropriate to ask employees of mine to borrow money unless I know them really well, which in Sarah’s case, I do. She’s a quaker and hates Wal-Mart, too, so she said I should get a sunburn and be all self-righteous about it! Telling everyone I met that my sunburn was a result of sticking to my progressive values and not shopping at Wal-Mart. She said I would get more money that way. In the end, she lent me the money because it’s not good for me to be out in direct sunlight all day, and despite my best efforts: I looked at every bargain tent in the mall, I did finally end up at Wal-Mart. This morning I discovered why we don’t actually shop at Wal-Mart, and the actual reason doesn’t have anything to do with progressive politics, at least not entirely. Their products suck! And yes I mean that in the most vulgar sense you can think of! Zyn and I finally got the tent erected around 11, with the help of three men which they didn’t tell you about in the directions! An hour later, it fell down, and the top ripped apart! We got it resurrected, and it fell down again an hour later. The third time it fell down, we decided to just risk sun exposure because we couldn’t figure out how to get it to stay up. At this point I’d owned the tent for 19 hours. I’m sorry, but I expect something I buy to work longer than 19 hours. Actually technically it was only supposed to be erect for 6 hours. If Wal-Mart gives me any problems returning this tent and getting my money back, I’m going to tell them that I’m going to call News 40 Consumer Reports. Most people here in the Valley don’t like Wal-Mart anyway, and they like me (I have nice activist reputation here). As much as today sucked – and it did – I relish the idea of giving Wal-Mart a little trouble! On Monday I plan to go and bring Zyn with me so he can vouch for me that I only owned it for 19 hours, and it died. On top of tent problems, I didn’t sell very much at Extravaganja, our local legalization fair. I only sold one book and a few bookmarks. One good thing that happened was that I got a speaking engagement. I’m going to talk to a classroom full of special needs kids, and they may even pay me. I ran into my good friend Craig who I hadn’t seen in so long I thought he’d died. There was lots of good music and lots of naked people - both male and female – all with potleaf bodypaint over their nipples. I don’t care how much I believe in something, I am not going to walk around bare-chested in the public streets. Whatever floats your boat, however. When I got home I raced the mailbox to see if my check was there, which it was. And then I raced to Stop-N-Shop to cash it. I missed the cashing place by one minute, I think. Now I have to get up early tomorrow so I can finally pay ADAPT. That stupid Tim Poindexter, lied to me. According to the check, it wasn’t even printed till the 15th. He told me it went in the mail two Wednesdays ago. Gee, we’re going to have a fun conversation in DC! They were only supposed to pay me $580, but instead overpaid me by $40. I am very honest and so I am going to tell him this, but not before I cash the check because I need to pay ADAPT. If I owe them $40, so be it. I’ll mail it to them in June! Now at least, I’m home and planning to chill out in front of the TV. My internet was currently broken for baout an hor and I’m pissed. What else can go wrong today (giggle giggle!)? How was your April 19th?
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@AJ1952Chats (2340)
• Anderson, Indiana
20 Apr 08
My April 19 went great. I just hung around the house today doing things online, eating, and (occasionally) talking on the phone. My mom and I recently discovered that we have the sweetest shirt-tail cousin named Kenny Francis, and he can even out-sentimental us when it comes to Cunot, Indiana and the surrounding area. We talked to him quite a long time yesterday as a three-way set-up, and he called my mom at least twice today. Kenny's somebody we're very happy to have for kin. We'll claim him anytime. His mom and my mom went to school together for a short time before Rosemary (his mom) and her family moved out of the area and, eventually, north to Ft. Wayne. Meanwhile, I got some writing done here and there, plus, I've made a very special connection for Invisible Youth Network. It's not official yet, but I think we'll connect soon (if only for a single fundraising event) to a remarkable (very) young man! I'll give you more details later. One thing I get confused about is why people don't like WalMart. My mom and I have never had any problem with it (although we seem to prefer Target for most things), and it seems as if the nasty rumors that get spread about it are just that--nasty rumors. However, it sounds to me as if that tent was one big, bad joke. Hope you get a full refund for that one. We had this local discount store in Anderson when I was little called The Giant Store. It was located in an old factory. One of my second cousins worked there at one time. But that didn't keep the place from not really measuring up in our estimation. There wasn't that much of a discount on the products, and my folks picked up a pair of shorts for me so that I could change into them out in the car from my church clothes because we were driving on to Cunot from there. I put the shorts on, and--Riiiiiiiiiipppp!--You've guessed it! They split apart at the seams, and I wasn't even fat back then. I don't think that I could even return them, so we had to make the trip back home to pick up some clothes for me. My folks had just planned on wearing their church clothes because they wouldn't be doing that much on this trip down, but I wanted to go out and play.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I know the Wal-Mart in my area is guilty of some serious progressive problems.
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• Anderson, Indiana
20 Apr 08
What are progressive problems? Do you mean like not hiring the handicapped? Or something else? I recently heard of a certain business (an independent one as opposed to a chain but one with lots of job opportunities) that put requirements for even administrative jobs that applicants must be able to regularly lift as much as 100 lbs. from time to time. This was, obviously, to weed out handicapped applicants. Guess they just weren't comfortable with people in wheelchairs--unless they were paying customers, of course!
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
17 Jul 08
What's the Invisible Youth Network? Details please!
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
20 Apr 08
Wow you such have a challenging day. Well for me I have the best day by far. ITs our company's summer outing and it was the best summer outing I had. I have realized that its not about other people making you happy but you making yourself happy. It was my first time to go snorkelling and I got overjoyed seeing those colorful playful and lovely fishes under water. I was scared, just the thought of going to deep wtaers makes me want to run away but I faced my fears and was able to enjoy it instead. It was a wonderful for me, with all the great food, great trip and great joy in my heart. Hugs and kisses!zelmarq
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
17 Jul 08
THank you for the best response.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Boy, it sounds like your day was really a bummer. At least you did see an old friend. I hope things went better for you today.