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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

MoC Earns His Share in Olam Habah

I took a day off today to drive the two older female members of my family to the Woodbury Common Outlet Mall. Neither relishes the thought of highway driving so I volunteered.

To say that I hate to shop is the understatement of the year. My tastes in cloths are very simple; I am not likely to be mistaken for the GQ Man anytime in the near future. Every day at work I wear a pair of navy or black khakis from the Gap (which I buy on line), with a blue, button down Oxford shirt from Macys (a few of which I pick up a couple of times a year on my way to Penn Station). I have three black suits and a few white shirts. Other than my biking clothes (virtually all of which I buy on line) that's about it.

So, it was with a sense of trepidation that I set out this morning to spend a number of hours at the mall.

I survived, but it wasn't easy.

A few random observations:

* We took the Baby. Her main job was to act as a counterweight to all of the packages that we hung on the carriage. In retrospect, we should have brought a double stroller.

* The Baby's second main purpose was to make me look good. She was apparently even less interested in hanging out at a mall for almost five hours than I but, unlike me, was unable to conceal her displeasure.

* MHW did the wildest thing she's done since being suspended in 9th grade for eating a fruit in class. She removed a sweater from a mannequin!! After seeing a sweater that she wanted to purchase and unsuccessfully trying to flag down someone to help her, she looked left, looked right, unbuttoned the sweater and brought it the register. She was feeling pretty giddy after that!

* I was not the only loser acting as driver for his wife. It was obvious that there were a fair number of similarly situated nebs like me. However, there is no comfort in numbers.

* It's a good thing I drive an SUV. After spending a day shopping at the mall in a bunch of stores named Anne, it felt good to step into a massive, gas-guzzling vehicle, with a Bose sound system, Onstar and steering wheel controls to assert my manliness again.

* The good news: I get to drive to Phillidelphia tomorrow to watch the Mets game at Citizens Bank Park.


  • At 11:14 AM, Blogger DovBear said…

    Every day at work I wear a pair of navy or black khakis from the Gap (which I buy on line),

    No suit? No tie? Do you buy your shabbos hat on-line, too?

  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    I keep a suit and tie at work for the rare occasion that I need it, like when I meet with government reps or make a presentation. Otherwise, casual.

    I don't wear a hat on Shabbos but if I did I would buy it online (


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