Thursday, October 06, 2011

Walmart triumphs again

I spent a good 20 minutes this afternoon walking around the local Target store searching for wooden coat hangers and a shoeshine kit.

I got a blank look when I asked about a shoeshine kit and wrong directions when I asked for hangers.

So I went to Walmart.

They had a Kiwi shoe shine kit with cans of black and brown shoe polish, two applicators, a horsehair brush and a polishing cloth – the same basic equipment I used to get a mirror gloss on my boots in the Air Force. (I tried a shoe store earlier this week and came away with a goofy little tube of black polish with an applicator tip. (I only bought it because the owner of the store used one to shine my Bates boots in an effort to prove how good it was. When a guy gets down on his knees and shines your shoes to make a $5.50 sale, you kind feel obligated to buy the stuff.)

And Walmart had a whole freaking aisle of hangers – plastic, wooden, shirt hangers, pants hangers, suit hangers.

And it wasn’t even the Super Walmart.