I went to the mall to buy two-pocket folders.
It is actually the dying mall. The Gap moved out and the tattoo parlors have moved in. Signs at the entry invite you to tweet a picture of yourself. Heavens, who ya gonna tweet at the mall? I have no electronics in my purse.
First I went to Target. A few years ago I stood in line behind a woman who said she could live anywhere with a Target. That would be anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. I know what she means. I love Target.
I carried a big plastic basket into the office supplies section. Cute notebooks, but I have cute notebooks. The two-pocket folders had cover art featuring Hello, Kitty! and superheroes. Disappointing.
I moved on to the office supply store. I naively believed the Notebook section would have notebooks. No, it was electronic tablets! In the ’90s I wrote an article for a business magazine posing the question, “Is the dream of the paperless office dead?” It was then, but I fear it is alive again.
Finally I found suitable paper products. How can you go wrong with folders with floral designs and polka dots?
And then there are the post-it page markers. I wanted the kind shaped like arrows. They have no such thing. Has anyone used these post-it markers in books? Do they ruin the paper? There is a warning: Test before using. Not for my first editions of Raymond Carver, Andre Dubus, and Barbara Pym!
One dreadful thing happened at the mall. I was wearing a bicycling outfit instead of a bicycling/shopping outfit, and when I passed a mirror I was appalled to see the threads hanging from my 15-year-old t-shirt. I rushed to a clothing store. I went through the sales racks and found a suitable top. “I’m going to wear this,” I told the cashier, who blipped her scanner at the tag.
The dream of a suitable shopping outfit isn’t dead!