Jul 20, 2015

Shopping with men

Why?  Why would we do it?  Because they retire and want to tag along. 
 
I grabbed a pack of the dishcloths I always use, put them in my cart.  After spending 15 minutes looking at the towels and finding none that match, taking a stroll around the next aisle, I return and place the cloths back on the shelf.  Yes, I knew they no longer carry the towels that match, and wasted time looking for them anyway.  So what?  Yes, I knew I wouldn't purchase the cloths if the towels weren't there, and they wouldn't be, but you never know. Grab them and hold on to them until all resources and hope are gone.  Then put them back.  The look on his face with his hands in the air told me he just doesn't understand the concept of shopping.
 
There is always a huge mess in Wal-Mart when it comes to ladies underwear.  Sizes are all over the aisle, styles aren't together, and it takes quite a while to search for the aqua labeled hipsters with the wide band.  Michael Jordan and I both prefer Hanes.   Especially when you have to keep buying a larger size, it gets expensive if they are $4 a piece. I choose hipsters because the band digs in creating that final 6th roll for my personal 6-pack.  Not quite the abs 6-pack that is preferred in today's society, but my own nonetheless.  Looking for size *, size *, size *.... "here they are" he shouts.  So proud of himself for helping and expecting to move out of the long stint in the ladies' gotchies aisle.  Not so fast old man.  That pack has a pair of black in it and that funky bright green.  I want the pinks, blues, and grays.  "What?  Why?  You aren't going to walk down State Street with them so what does it matter?"  Little does he know.  Because if I ever have a desire to do just that, I want those colors.  I wouldn't, but just in case.  Again, does not understand.
 
We left after 60 minutes with no cloths and no underwear, less time than trying to hit a little ball into a hole 9 times.  At least I walked away with my money, more than I can say for him.  We're both looking, estimating, roaming around with a cart searching, changing stance, strategizing.  You pull a club, stand there with it for a while, study it, put it back and take another, focused on achieving your goal.  I don't see much difference.
 
Enjoy your day.
 
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28 comments:

capecodgirl565 said...

Well, I am very pleased to find that I am not the only one who refers to underwear as gotchies...you made my day! I have now trained my grandchildren that when they are at my house, that is what they are called. They still look at me like I am nuts, however, but they humor me.

TishaK said...

I NEVER shop with my husband. I think he saves all his patience for watching Cubs' games--TV baseball is SO boring. Thanks be to God for cross-stitch!

Frances N said...

Hahaha! I love this post!
My favorite observation is when I finally drag to a mall and see all the pathetic-faced men sitting around on the edge of a fountain, looking at their watches every few minutes. It's priceless! I guess that's why all the fountains have nice wide sides on them--to provide seating for all the miserable men!!

Robin said...

Great post, Marly! And thanks for the giggle!

Robin in Virginia

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Gotchies? I've never heard this. I always ask my husband if he needs any panties - which really irritates him. He says "I don't wear panties" every time - hee hee. He calls them grundies. Mine is pretty easy to shop with - he wouldn't ever leave me alone - I might buy something!

C. M. Designs said...

You have my sympathy, Marly. Love the story of your shopping trip though..
We used to call men's underwear............"Dribbies".........
Charlotte in Va.

Vickie said...

Wow. EXACTLY my experiences. EXACTLY. ugh.

Jacqueline said...

OMG I am almost peeing myself from laughing. You are so good for my sanity.

C Reeder PhxAz said...

Yesterday at Costco is a sweet young man with a small girl in the cart. We (as in all the other women' in the vicinity) are all watching him talk away to her about shopping for mommie while she is home resting. It's freakin adorable. Mommie has taken photos of what to buy and put them on his phone. He and the little girl are matching things to the photos. Someone mentions what an ingenious idea his wife has. He assures us that rest time is vital to her but it's very unproductive when she has to return the wrong cheese. He says yellow cheese and white cheese - those are my ideas. She has a long list of several types all for different things. This way we are both happy and I am sure all you lovely ladies know that when mommie is happy everyone is happy!!! And off he goes to get shampoo. We were all laughing so hard!!! But really. - pretty good idea huh?

Mary A said...

My husband is retiring in November... Is this what I have to look forward to??

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

YUP, I grew up with gotchies back in N.J. Me thinks that it is a Polish expression ... Yes?

jan said...

So many truths. So much wisdom. Once again you have described life with perfection. ...jan

dhenders said...

"the ladies' gotchies aisle"
My college roommate always said "gutchies" and I thought it was so fun that that's what they became forevermore. But I've never, in 40 years, heard (um, *read*) anyone else say it or anything close!

You do speak truth and you have my sympathy - my husband's been retired for nearly 10 years so I understand your pain. :)

Margaret said...

lol! I always wonder how DH and I will get along once he retires. I think you've given me a hint. lolol!

Barbara said...

I was so ready to kick mine this past Saturday at Walmart. He is always suppose to have his phone on him incase we get separated because he's deaf and I can't have him paged. I was walking down the aisle pushing the cart and all of a sudden he's gone! No notice, no "Hon I'm going over here"....just gone. And of course when I went to text him I got no response BECAUSE HE FORGOT HIS PHONE. MEN!

Barb said...

Hilarius and way too true!!!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Haven't heard the term gotchies in a very long, long, time.
Great analogy!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Anonymous said...

Again, you have made my evening! My mother told me that when ones husband retires one gets twice as much husband for half as much money! Sure'nuf, she was right.

diamondc said...

I never take my Husband shopping with me, it hurts me more then it does him.
You always seem to put a smile on my face.

Blessings
Catherine

blue star stitcher said...

Too funny, and I had never heard the term gotchies before, I learn something new every day!

Marilyn said...

Hee-Hee!
They just don't understand, do they.
I remember in school, one of my friends called them Grunts. lol
Marilyn

Brenda said...

OMS!!! I just LOVED this post that you wrote. Nope....they don't understand. My husbands motto is "Get into the store, get what he wants (or close enough to it), and get out." I understand about the panties colors too!!! That's why we take our girlfriends with us when we REALLY want to go shopping! Thanks for the laugh and the courage to write what we all think about taking our husbands shopping!

Karen said...

Very good point!

Annie said...

Oh dear. I get to look forward to that soon...On an even sadder note-Prairie Schooler designers are retiring! The last 3 designs are out along with a small and a farewell santa. Annie

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love, love, love this post! :) I hate when my husband goes grocery shopping with me. It always costs me a fortune! blessings, marlene

Carol said...

Not sure I will welcome those days when my husband retires and goes shopping with me! He is so impatient on the rare occasions that he goes with me now that I just hurry and buy something--anything!--just to leave the store. I remember my mom talking about the hours dad just spent perusing the cheese section of the grocery store after he retired :) I've always just had men to shop with in my family and it is so nice when I get to take my mom out with me--what a difference!

Pam in IL said...

I don't know what's more frustrating...looking for the undies I want or shopping with Hubby! Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in my frustration, lol.

Maggee said...

I do NOT go shopping with my husband for clothes of any sort. He buys his own, and so do I... He likes to go 'looking' around at stuff, and I do not... so he is free to go! Without me! Yes, retired life IS very different... takes a LOT of adjusting. Still working at it! Hugs!

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