Today was my second Saturday away from *insert mean nickname for employer here* since the store has been open. Yes, me, a peon of peons never gets a Saturday off unless I request it, and I don't ask for them mostly because I need to hours, and I wouldn't have too much to do anyways.
Well, that was totally not the case today. I went to Joplin in search of some new items. I wanted to get the following:
1 DVD of Sergeant York
2 New Pairs of shoes
1 DVD of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
2 Pairs of jeans
1 Pearls Before Swine Book
1 Copy of "A Hard Day's Write"
Possibly some manga.
The School Rumble/Negima!? OVAs on the anime clearance from Best Buy
Retro Game Challenge
Ok, so Joplin is mainly just a strip of stores, but I had high hopes, you know? Well, after going to their Target, Books-a-Million, Best Buy, Shoe Carnival, Dollar Deals, Toys-R-Us, and Hastings, I made out with a bottle of water and 2 bottles of vanilla coke. Sad. I was shocked at their Best Buy, mainly. I had no idea how good we had it in Springfield. I would say that their store in Joplin was about half to one-third the size of the one in Springfield. On top of that, they didn't have the DVDs I wanted. I was quite disappointed.
Hastings was a different matter. Ok, so I wanted to check out the manga as I am in the midst of collecting Negima and Love Hina to finish off my collections. The entire hour and a half I was there, there was this girl, looked much younger than me but I wasn't sure, she stood in the way the ENTIRE TIME. She wasn't looking, she was reading. Now in bookstores there are these things called chairs, and there was several empty ones next to her, so I had no idea why she just wouldn't sit down. I mean think about it. Its just rude to say "Could you please move so I can see the books" to a girl that looks half your age. Man I feel old. But
I let it slide as I saw the meager selections and saw they were at cover price at the cheapest. Don't get me started on the movies either.
The Shoe Carnival didn't fare much better.
It was early enough, we decided to head to the Springfield Shoe Carnival, and let me tell you, the announcer guy in there, I think he was a little caffeine OD. Totally hyper. I think he called one guy "Tim Allen" or something. He liked my shirt (The one with the bride and groom, with the groom frowning and chained to a ball with it simply saying "Game Over". I'll have to ditch it if I get married). He announced something weird every few minutes. He acted like he was having fun. I wish I had that much fin at work, but too much brouhaha goes on for it to be fun. Anyways, I made out with a couple nice pairs of shoes, and went to Best Buy which had some anime DVDs (but not half off, so I refrained) and a copy of Docomodake DS. I was sad they didn't have the other DS titles I wanted, but I guess its their loss.
So in short, my trip to Joplin today was nearly pointless, which is a very nice way of putting it. All I had to do was go to Springfield to get what I needed, and it would have saved me the gas money. In the end, though, it was nice just to drive around and look at places I don't usually go to, so I guess it wasn't a complete loss in the end.
And that was what I did on my special day off.