I will no longer leave my house to buy furniture
Appeal Staff Writer
I didn’t want to move this weekend but I didn’t acknowledge that until the weekend was over and I hadn’t done anything.
“Hey, do you want to go do something?” someone would ask me.
“Yeah,” I would say, hesitating. “I don’t know.”
People won’t usually force you to do something if you put up a weak and sustained fight, so, luckily, I was able to alienate most people I talked to.
I don’t really know what I did do most of the weekend, but I do know I only left my apartment once for more than an hour.
I went out to look for furniture because, for some reason, I’ve recently decided I need things for my apartment even though it has been almost empty for a year.
One store I went to put me in a bad mood, so maybe that’s why I stayed inside for the rest of the weekend.
In that store, a thrift store, I was looking at a piece of furniture I was thinking I might buy. I asked an employee if it had all its parts, but the employee told me it was missing some.
I said I understood, but told the employee I would continue looking. The employee thought about my decision and told me that I could buy the left-over parts from similar items and use those to assemble the item I wanted to buy.
“That’s OK,” I said.
“It’s really easy,” the employee said.
I didn’t know what to do so I walked away pretending to be interested in something on the other side of the store.
Shopping on the Internet is a little easier, but people there still have unrealistic expectations sometimes.
There is a section on one Web site, for instance, where people can list things they are giving away for free. Most of the things are desirable – such as televisions, washing machines and clocks – but there are other things I don’t think anyone would want. Further, I’m not sure why the owner has chosen to advertise them in the way they appear.
“Foam blocks!” one said.
“Free brick,” said another.
“Offer: Old wood from fence,” tempted a third.
Some, too, like this one, were ambiguously threatening: “Free Sofa … if you pick it up by noon tomorrow.”
Anyway, I felt kind of bad about not doing anything for two entire days, but maybe next weekend I’ll have the energy to assemble an item I am pressured to buy.
• Contact reporter Dave Frank at email@example.com or 881-1212. His column, “Songs in the Key of Me,” appears Thursdays.