It is a brisk early Sunday morning here in Western Nevada. We have been spoiled this week by unseasonably warm weather. Yesterday it was up in the 50s yet this morning it is only 32 degrees. I don’t mind really, as the high winds and warm temperatures have melted what little snow we had. I can take the cold much more than I can the snow. My heart goes out to all my readers in the Midwest. You have been really hit this year!
As you may know, Nevada leads the nation in unemployment. We have something like 14%. When you have a job this is just a number, but I found out yesterday what this number means for many in Carson City. Yesterday I decided to brave the crowds to finish my Christmas shopping.
I headed to Kohl’s, our largest department store. Kohl’s was having a morning sale with many items discounted up to 70%. Since I have three men to shop for I could not pass up this type of sale. (Can’t tell you what I bought as you never know who reads my blog.) I expected a huge crowd and was all psyched up to wait in long lines; the price one must pay for such deep discounts. Though the store opened at 6 I did not arrive until 8.
Imagine my surprise to see only a handful of shoppers! I was one of only three people in the men’s department. I had little trouble finding what I needed and had many areas to myself. I spent about an hour looking around and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I had a nice conversation with a young man looking to buy perfume for his mother. This is so different from past years when I had to muscle my way through crowds, fighting for space. There was no line to wait in, and because of the sale I was able to stay within my budget. It is obvious Nevada is still in a deep recession, even the grocery store was quite for a Saturday after payday!
So now I have some really nice gifts for the Christmas tree, still need one more gift for my mom and tissue paper so I can finish wrapping, but other than that I am done shopping. I am thankful that I was able to buy as many gifts as I did (all in cash) and I am thankful for my job even as I whine about it. Today I will remind myself just how lucky I am while I trim the tree and finish my holiday decorating. I will continue to think about my readers who have to dig themselves out of the snow; I hope you all have some really nice books to read while you wait for the storm to pass.