AND WHILE THE BLOG IS SKIING...
...the s. b. and her son are busy compiling reasons why retail is rapidly taking a backseat to online shopping: Not just the driving (in South Florida!) and the parking (in South Florida!), but the irritating experience of, you know, attempting to purchase things.
We started at.... we'll call it "Fox" Camera, where my son inquired as to the clearance price of the item clearly listed on the clearance sign (one of 6 items listed), only to be told the bedraggled original sticker which clearly (clearly!) hadn't been changed in years was the clearance price. Yes, the manager agreed that the other clearance items had bright orange stickers with "Clearance Price" clearly listed on them. And yes, this item was clearly listed on the clearance sign posted next to the item we wished to purchase, with the exact specifications of the item listed on the sign. Yes, the website had it for half the price on the bedraggled sticker. But "the website is completely different from the store" and "the computer is telling us this is the price" and "we can't do anything about it." Okay, thanks, Mr. Store Manager.
On to "K. G. Fenney's" where we attempted to purchase the only remaining 2 shirts in a 3-pack of Gator shirts (go Gators!). You don't need a play-by-play to know that didn't happen.
Next stop, "Guessed Why," where the 10%-off coupon which they sent to our house to lure us to the store was good on exactly zero items, since it could be used only on "regularly priced" merchandise, and the items we wanted were all already "on sale" (amazingly, at the exact same price they had been for several pre-Christmas months).
So we went home, parked without difficulty in our very own driveway, and logged on to newegg. Ho ho ho.