It's really cold in here today. I wonder if that's going to be standard for the new place they have me sitting.
Went to Lowes last night to get the final bits for The Cave (2.0). Since last time I went in and bought a long wooden pole, they've moved them. Now granted it's been a good few years. Last time I bought one was back when I realized how much cheaper it was than a 'real' staff for my martial arts classes. And srsly, a long wooden stick is a long wooden stick for all practical purposes.
Anyhow, I went in and they were not where they used to be. No problem, I needed to buy a couple of dowels anyhow, so I went to where they should have been. I bought a dowel right before Halloween, at the Lowes right by my mom's house. Went to the same area in the one by my house, and there was nothing of the sort. Got to wander around looking for it, and quickly saw that the stores do not have even a remotely similar organization scheme. Things were seemingly placed at random. I remembered buying a dowel there at that location before, so I went where they had been then.
Nope, they were moved as well. Wandered around looking for someone to ask, but like many large chain stores, the employees practice Retail Ninjutsu. You know this art? The one where they endlessly hound you as though you're robbing the place when you do not need assistance, but once you do, they vanish in a puff of smoke and you can't find them even if you're screaming at the top of your lungs? These were skilled retail ninjas!
I finally found the dowels, and got what I needed, but the large wooden poles were not located near the dowels (which is kinda silly because dowels are really just short wooden poles :/ ) I FINALLY found a guy to ask. He had several rather interesting notions on where they were located and led me on a jaunty path around the entire store several times, and remained, even after asking "the guy in plumbing" where they were, still failed. He wandered off to find someone else to ask.
I was just about to ask some other guy, when guy 1 comes back all triumphant like and says he found them. So he leads me ceremoniously to a section containing long... METAL poles. I thanked him and waited for him to leave because clearly he was worse than no help at all.
I was totally wondering how bloody cunting hard it was to locate a WOODEN STICK in a store such as Lowes when I decided to just give up and go see the curtain rods. Unfortunately they're usually like... collapsible and stuff to fit various sized windows / doors, and I was hoping for something a bit more sturdy. But having been shown shower curtains a-plenty and some really terrible metal closet stuff, I figured anything was worth a shot, right?
Of course, the new isle where they decided to locate the long wooden poles was right by the mini blinds, which makes... total... sense? The mini blinds happen to be down the isle with the curtains and curtain rods. So that worked out in a weird sort of way I guess.
Armed with my amazing new epic wooden stick:
I went home.
I had borrowed a drill from my step-dad to finish up some hanging of things that needed to happen, and to put the final addition of the epically hidden wooden pole into place, and of course the battery died after 3 seconds of use, so that wasn't accomplished either. I'll have to go up there soon and trade out batteries.
I guess I burned myself out on the tale of Lowes, and on going to all the trouble to craft you a custom made graphic, because I find myself ready to be done with the blog now.
Good day, sir.