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    Here I Go Shopping Again

    So, Herman has been saying to me for months, “No more sweatshirts, Kathryn. You have a million.” Well, actually I have more like 30! So what do you think I bought, or rather talked Herman into buying the last week in October? Yes, you got it, another sweatshirt.

    We were up at Groom’s, our local country store, and I noticed a bunch of really cool sweatshirts. I had bought sweatshirts there before, but not in awhile. We did a little shopping before I began yelling that I wanted a sweatshirt. Herman rolled his eyes and very resignedly picked one up that I wanted.

    Now, I had at first wanted a hooded sweatshirt in a navy blue. But Herman talked me out of it as I already had that style in green (which I had also bought at Groom’s last year). I then saw an Adirondack Mountain sweatshirt in maroon with writing on the sleeve saying “Adirondack’s” with a bear on the front as well.

    Now, Jerry Groom, the owner and proprietor of Groom’s Store, saw us in the store and when we got up to the register he didn’t comment on our small argument. He had just been to China and I had a ton of questions for him. One thing that stuck out in my mind was his telling us that he got some terrific deals there, but even more was the extreme poverty he saw. There was an overturned milk truck they passed and people were scooping the milk out of the ditch to take home and use.

    Jerry tells me he had a great time in China and he plans on going again next summer. He also told me he missed his family while he was gone. As for me, I did my part by buying the cheaper of the sweatshirts. The hooded one would have been $28 and the one I got was only $18. See, I can be a wise shopper too.

    Herman wants me to go through all my sweatshirts and get rid of the ones I don’t wear very often. I hate this idea. He says it is too hard finding the one item I want in my overstuffed closet. I can’t see myself discarding any of them though. What if I want to wear one I threw away after it’s gone? Then we have a bigger problem. That would entail me going shopping online. Which I’ve actually been good about lately.

    The last thing I bought on line was a bathing suit this past summer. So I guess you could say I’m doing very well with my shopping addiction. I can’t honestly remember the last time Herman did any online shopping for himself. No, I take that back. He recently went online to get the fourth season of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” See, we had gotten seasons one through three and finally finished them. So it was time. That show is simply hilarious. I don’t know why I never watched it when it was on the air. But I made up for it by getting it on DVD. At least there are no commercials on the DVD’s. And we know how commercials might lead me to more shopping!

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com