Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Action and Adventure (and Gorms) at IKEA -and other stuff!

Its 3:01 pm

   Beautiful crisp winter day in SE Michigan....its a balmy 22 degrees outside. Which is quite warm compared to when Lori and I left for her radiation treatment in Ann Arbor. It was 21 degrees but with the windchill factored in,it felt 13. Yes sir,winter has finally come back to Michigan!
   Radiation went really again,we are already a quarter way through this and are feeling much better for it. The waiting room was a tad more busy then usual and the talk was all about that Christmas fire in Connecticut that killed 5 members of a family. It is a very sad story as the news reported the house was being renovated but had not yet gotten fire/smoke detectors installed. What really killed this family was a simple misstep that anyone who has ever camped/hiked outdoors knows when dealing with fire. When you have a campfire,you drown it afterwards with either water or dirt. This family emptied their fireplace without checking to see if any embers were still burning. They tossed the ashes outside where they re-ignited and started the fatal fire.

   The other big story here in nearby Murder City aka Detroit is the murders of 4 women whose bodies have been found in the back of cars. The cops are puzzled and are thinking they might have a serial killer in action. So far the only links are that 3 of the 4 victims were hookers who advertised on a website called Backpages. Never even heard of this site until the media reported the link.  So now the city is on edge as the cops are doing their best to find the killer. One other woman,who had danced with one of the victims at a strip club also is missing and has been missing even before the 4 victims were found.
  Not what this tettering city really needs at the moment,not with our Governor thinking about sending a Emergency Finanical Manager in to take over running Detroit. The city,bogged down by decades out outdated policies,corruption and antique infastructure is on track to run out of money by April. Mayor Bing and the City Council are seeking a 10 percent paycut by the worker's union,including the police and fire departments or they'll be forced to lay off 2,300 people.
  The fact is,they NEED to lay off these folks because the city is staffed for a population of almost 2 million people. But the D is down to slightly over 700,00 folks now. Cutting bloated staffs and combining departments will save millions in which the city can pour back into updating equipment that badly needs it.
Its a rare case where laying off a few will actually benefit the many. Of course those workers on the firing line might disagree with that opinion just a little bit.
   But watching people die because of the broken down ambulances,certain firehouses being closed when there is a need for a active station,the cops riding around is busted up old cruisers and outdated gear is not acceptable either......the city needs a extreme makeover,City Edition.
 So after we finished in Ann Arbor,Lori and I headed over to Target to check out the after Christmas sale. We were looking for the 75% off cards but only saw items that were still at 50% off. We found a couple rolls of wrapping paper,some name tags and a bottle of pine scented Christmas hand soap. Store wasn't busy so we were able to get in and out pretty fast. After all,we had to get to IKEA because they had a good deal on a shelving unit called a Gorm. (I know,it sounds like a Star Trek villain).
  We have 2 Gorms already that we use in our pantry. At first glance,they may seem a bit fragile but the Gorm is pretty sturdy. We decided at 10 bucks (normally they cost 40) we should get four units,the limit you could buy.
  We to the store at 9:40 and there was quite a decent sized line waiting to pounce on those Gorms. We waited patiently in line but I got a little antsy when I saw people start to surge forward a bit. It stayed calm until the doors opened. The crowd moved in quickly and as I was guiding Lori inside,I felt a sharp pain in my left ankle....before I could turn around,it happened again. A Indian man was trying to push a part past folks and I happened to be in his way. The first time I let go....but when he hit me the 2nd time,I got pissed off....I looked at him and said "What the fuck are you doing? Can't you see I'm walking here in front of you?" He goes "You hit my cart with your foot". I looked at him for second then another guy behind the man said "Dude,give this man and his wife (me and Lori) some walking room,don't be rude". I nodded my thanks and finished walking into the store. I just couldn't believe after watching Black Friday in November and Black Friday last week in getting Air Jordans,that people didn't get that rushing forward and hurting people isn't the way to go about things. If he had hit Lori,he would have had a much bigger problem then just hitting me.
 The item you are stampeding for,it isn't worth hurting anyone for. This is why I never like going to events like this,people's mentality of "gots to get mine" at the expense of other's who have played the rules and are waiting their turn,has to stop.
   Once inside,we went down to the section where the sale was,200 people making a beeline to a huge stack of Gorms. And was IKEA ready for this? Oh yeah,they had a staff of ONE to help the mob get those Gorms. We felt sorry for him quite honestly....he was very helpful as he asked us how many units we wanted,we said "four,please" and he and I loaded them into a cart and off we went.
   We came out just another huge group of people started pouring in.....we loaded up the car and went home...

Well,I'm off to mop the floor and do some laundry.  Thanks for reading!

Oh! The mighty Tiffany Hendra and the are having a NEW giveaway come New Year's Day. Once she posts the details,I will share them with whoever is reading me here...

Thanks for reading!

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