May 272014
 

I went to the hardware store today.  One of the big chains that is blue and rhymes with clothes.  It is not far from my house so I tend to go there quite often.  Well, today it was very nice here in Salt Lake City and there were lots of people buying yard related things.

I was mostly looking at plants but I needed a PVC fitting and some rivets so I traversed the store to get these.  I covered most of the store and observed 3 distinct types of Men in the store.

First, there were the guys who were there for the community.  I really was convinced these older gentlemen were there to have a good time and pick up something small if it was needed.  They were talking to the clerks like they were old friends and it struck me that they were there a lot.

Second, There were guys that were there to complete the “Honey Do” list.  That was me.  These are guys that have the wife with them or are on the cellphone or just have a list to fill.  These guys may want to be there, they may want to be anywhere else.  They may just want to go home (hint hint).  They are out to get what they need and go.

Third, there are the guys who shop like my dad.  Every trip into the store is a combat experience.  Infiltrate.  Extract item.  Checkpoint Cashier.  Exfiltrate.  They get in, get what they need and get out.  This is usually good for me too.

I was just interested to see that I could lump people into 3 basic categories.  BTW, I have to go back this afternoon for some tiller parts.  I will by guy #3 this afternoon.

Any thoughts?  I would love to hear them.

-Justin

PS  I have decided that at least for tomorrow, Wenesday, I am not going to post something.  I need to focus on some other writing.  I am working on the e-book for Fiction Saturday, it may be different than all of the blog posts.  Details later.  And the finale may NOT be on Saturday…we will see!

  3 Responses to “3 types of Riff Raff in the Hardware Store”

  1. For my first two houses, one important criterion was being within walking distance of a hardware store (as you well know, hardware stores are not the big boxes). I did a lot of home fixit projects and no matter how carefully I planned, I got the wrong parts. We used to describe projects with the humber of hardware store trips. One of the pleasures of hardware stores is that the people working there actually know something and help you find it. Maybe that is true for the big boxes but I am never able to find an employee when I have a question – just when I don't. so I can't tell. This is particularly difficult because the places are so damn big that finding what you want is a pain. I feel a rant coming on.

    • If they are open I would rather go to the hardware store vs the big box. They have great service and I like supporting the smaller places. This store close to my house has 2 branches and the other one is up by my sisters house an hour away. It's where they shop because they have no big box. The place has everything I want for the most part, and rental equipment that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I rented a sod cutter last year for $30 for the whole day! it was $80 at the big box. Plus small store has some stuff that has been in the store for 20 years and you can't get anywhere else.
      Thanks Ralph!

    • If they are open I would rather go to the hardware store vs the big box. They have great service and I like supporting the smaller places. This store close to my house has 2 branches and the other one is up by my sisters house an hour away. It’s where they shop because they have no big box. The place has everything I want for the most part, and rental equipment that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I rented a sod cutter last year for $30 for the whole day! it was $80 at the big box. Plus small store has some stuff that has been in the store for 20 years and you can’t get anywhere else.
      Thanks Ralph!

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