Holiday Shopping

Originally published Nov 2012, but I have no reason to think this year will be any different:)


I don’t consider myself a particularly aggressive sort, but there is something about the Holidays that sparks a sense of adventure in me.  I think of it as testing my metal against other shoppers, many much younger then myself.  To do so requires employing all the wiles I have developed while earning the title “Senior Citizen”.  My wife, on the other hand, takes a bottle of wine and some bon bons  into the bomb shelter where she remains until January.  

For weeks before “the contest” I practice at Walmart.  I have found, on the busier days, they collect the carts from the parking lot more frequently.  Properly timed, the cart return racks make made to order parking spaces.  I only employ this tactic as a last resort however,  because some of those Walmart shoppers can get mean.

Once in the store, I begin my plan for distraction and diversion.  In the…

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About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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