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Clear the credit cards for action!

Do I walk a bit funny or something? The heels of the two pairs of shoes I most commonly wear (the Monday to Friday work shoes) are wearing away on the outside edges. Further, one pair is re-developing the same hole which I thought was comprehensively eliminated a year ago. And in the same position of the same shoe. Strange, since the repair bloke fully redeemed it and gave it an entirely new soul.

Since the end of financial year stocktake sales started yesterday, maybe it’s time to go on a shopping spree. Stock up on the stuff I need now at sale prices, rather than later at full price. Off the top of my head, I could do with buying:

  • New pair of work shoes and a new pair of runners, which are also aging. I’m a shocking shoe shopper, racked with indecision. For the love of God, if you know me, don’t volunteer to come along.
  • Something in the casual winter wear department. Maybe a nice shirt and a jumper or two — I’m not quite as bad at clothes shopping as I am at shoe shopping.
  • Perhaps some new work shirts, as some of my old ones will start to self-destruct before too long.Tick
  • A couple of nice new ties. Certainly at least one to replace the nice blue tie I had that got splattered with something very messy (but very delicious) one dinnertime, and I foolishly thought I could try and clean myself, thus avoiding drycleaning. Nuh uh. In fact the eventual dryclean got rid of the original stain, leaving signs of my cleaning attempts. Sigh. Don’t even try.Tick
  • A dressing-gown, for use in preventing freezing my arse off when moving around the house after getting up. My existing gown is unfortunately deficient in this respect, as it has developed a hole in precisely that location. Apart from the temperature factor, not very dignified when going out onto the driveway to get the newspaper.Tick
  • Perhaps look out for something in advance for the kids for their July allotted XBox game.
  • I’m not totally against the idea of, at some stage, obtaining a frying pan which has a matching lid, rather than a mismatched one from a different, long since disposed of, pan.
  • My cordless phone has gone ga-ga, so it’s probably time for a replacement, so I am no longer tethered to the kitchen counter to make untimed phone calls.Tick
  • Might be time to pick up a drill too, for those occasional… uhhh… drilling forays. And lazy screwdrivering.
  • Need a new couch, but will probably wait until I get into a new house. Umm. Whenever that happens.

Yesterday I ventured into Myer briefly, and fought through the crowds to obtain (at 25% off) the XBox game Halo for a bit of grown up MA blast-the-shit-out-of-aliens action. It got incredibly good reviews: the all-time highest rated game on Metacritic. Had a quick go of it last night, and it appears to live up to the hype. More on that later.

I left the rest of the merchandise in Myer and DJs to the hardcore nutter shoppers. But when I have time in the next day or two, further bargain-hunting will commence.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “Clear the credit cards for action!”

If you want a cordless drill/screwdriver, I can recommend the Bosch PSR12 VE2. Dont, for gawd’s sake, byuy one of those 24 volt monsters – it’ll twist your forearm in two like soft licorice!!

Oh dear… you’ve just made me realise how much shopping I need to do. Firstly I have to clear out the old and dodgy stuff (St Vinnies depository) then find where Tony hides his wallet and nick his credit card and then shop, shop, shop!

Oh. Ignore that nicking credit card bit.

As someone who has worked in said department store every day of the atrociously hardcore june sale, I feel utterly unable to shop. Really. I can’t even imagine thinking of what to buy.

oh, I’m not the only one! I have been making a conscious effort not to walk on the outside of my feet after having to replace my boots twice now purely because of the heels wearing down on the outside only. When I first noticed it, I started watching the way other people wak in an attempt to find out what “normal” is, because surely I must be an odd walker to wear down my heels on the outside only? SO pleased to see I’m not alone in freak-walking.

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