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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lowe’s Parking Lot ~ Lexington, VA

For me there is nothing worse than having to go to our local Lowe’s. It is a gigantic building with so few employees I have to search multiple aisles and buzz buzzers for endless periods of time to get any help. Yesterday I needed what I thought was a simple thing...wire on a roll to use for making fabric Christmas wreaths - presents for my fellow teachers. Well, I walked up and down the long, concrete floored aisles one after the other never finding what I wanted. After probably 20 minutes, I spied an older gentleman in the Lowe’s red vest, and I went over to ask him for assistance. Of course, he was helping a man with fittings he needed for installing a dishwasher so I had to wait...really wait. Finally, it appeared the shopper was leaving, so I jumped right into the mix asking where I could fine the wire. "Aisle 2,” was his abrupt and curt reply. “Great," I thought. "Now, I have it made." "Not so fast, Genie...pace yourself...stay calm. Aisle 2 is rather long and there are two side to it.”  I searched methodically up and down and down and up, and you’ll never guess where it was. I found it on the very bottom shelf midway in Aisle 2 so far down I had to get on my knees to see and feel the stuff, and that was not fun. Still, I wasn’t finished. I now had to decide which of the 3 different gauges to get. “Midrange" was my decision. I struggled to get back on my feet as gracefully as I could and headed for the checkout only to be faced with another wait. Finally, I paid the lady my $7.95, and I was out of there. Oh, happy day!

Here is the payoff. When I walked out into the parking lot, the skies had opened up, and I was surrounded by the most beautiful blue sky filled with lovely white clouds. Out came the old point and shoot Canon from my purse, the snarly look on my face disappeared, my blood pressure returned to normal, and I stated smiling and shooting. These are my two favorites. You see, there is life after a trip to Lowe’s.



“One good wish changes nothing. 
One good decision changes everything.”
~Annonymous

This post is linked with Skywatch Friday.

19 comments:

  1. thanks for the smile. i can relate! :)

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  2. I understand all you wrote. This is why I will pay the little bit more and go to Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware. The latter (True Value) I like better for they (I have two to choose from) have a residule bit of that old time hardware store feeling about them. Close, narrow aisles filled with all they can pack onto the shelves. The wood flooring is a bonus. "Creak" Always keep that point & click handy.

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  3. Great shots of a gorgeous sky!

    Irene

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  4. Hmmm. Lowe's here in Canada is just as bad! But hey, at least the was gorgeous when you finally left the building for the parking lot. I hope you will show us one of the finished wreaths. :)

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  5. After all that hectic effort you were rewarded with two wonderful views.

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  6. Nice to get such a wonderful reward as that beautiful sky. Great shot. I hate to shop period so any time I get a photo op from shopping it takes the bitter taste out of my mouth.

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  7. So pretty. I am a sky stalker and love a pretty sky. When I worked retail they required that we walk the customer to the item...

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  8. I do hate to shop -- anywhere, but the skies you captured surely made your trip to Lowe's worthwhile -- well, at least for us who get to enjoy your gorgeous captures! But I'm sure capturing them brought you pleasure, too! Hope you have a lovely, shopping free weekend, Genie!

    Sylvia

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  9. I'm glad there was such a beautiful ending to your story! ;-)

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  10. Made me smile too (in empathy, I've been there). I hate all home improvement stores. It is surprising how often "we" need something from them (we don't even have a house for heaven's sake).

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  11. If you hadn't had to go out you might not have seen that pretty sky and we would not have had the pleasure of seeing it, either:-)

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  12. Such lovely restful sky images.

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  13. I can relate! I wish we still do have the small lumberyard and the local hardware ^_^ And yes your skies is awesome!

    SWF

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  14. Captured beautifully!

    Late visiting from SW, hope you can peek at my Skywatch entry when you get a chance. Thanks.

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