Yesterday was a beautiful day, nice high billowing bright white clouds, temperature was in the mid 70's and we have a visitor, so perfect time to take a road trip.
We usually like to take a road trips on Sunday.
So does 90% of Mexico.
We decided to run West to Uruapan, I needed a few items that would or should be found at HD.
When we got there their parking lot was full.
I mean full.
There is a unpaved lot between the Soriana store and Home Depot were I parked, starting a new row.
When I exited the store there were at least 25 cars that had followed my lead and parked in the adjacent unbuilt parking area which at some point in time will be some more stores.
They had a great assortment of Christmas trees and their decorations department was pretty impressive. Maybe next year I will go all out and decorate the outside of house with lights and stuff. This year only the Santa Fe Style luminarias will be lighting the path....
As I walked past the greeter who was handing out their latest sale propaganda I notice that the store was packed.
I would have to estimate that there were at least 300 to 400 people milling around in the store. That would be a conservative estimate on my part since I didn't take pint sized bodies in motion as a full count.
These millers about were comprised of, couple of kids that were running back and forth as the parents strolled leisurely down the various isles. One out of 5 or 6 family strollers units had a grandmother or grandfather in tow.
The store has only been open for 4 or 5 months already it is a destination amusement park.
My observation comes from the fact that although the place was jam packed, 90% or more of the attendees where their to look, to enjoy the sights, to see how many times they could open the door of the new LG double door stainless steel fronted frost free refrigerator before they would attract the attention of the clerk.
I surmise this simply because although there were 4 cash register positions available, 2 of them had no shoppers in the transition of becoming buyers.
In fact the several time that I had been there during the week, I usually was number 3 or 4 in line at the registers. Yesterday I sailed through, well actually sailing is a poor word for that.
I kind of oozed through, only being slowed down by having to answer questions such as if I wanted to donate to some cause or another or whether I wanted to use my Home Depot card or if I didn't, did I want to sign up for one?
That being the interruption I was in and outta there in a flash.....now only one more hurdle before being set free from the incarceration of the Big Box Store......The Security Checkout.
I will never for the life of me understand the logic of having staff wallow through you bag 9 feet from where the damn stuff was just put in your bag.
If it is my bag and my stuff than they should have no right to look,touch or feel my STUFF.
That was the only hesitation of the shopping experience and even that was not that bad since both nicely uniformed checkout Nazis were not busy and did their mandatory baggie raid with a rapid rubber stamp on my "papers".....
So, now you know why the lot is filled, it is will lookers not shoppers and don't be intimidated by going there on a Sunday other than an occasional wandering child bumping into you or the sauntering grandma not getting out of the way of a buyer who has a mission and directive to accomplish the task without making a family excursion.
The only thing that would make this Home Depot more Mexican is if they installed a kiddy ride or blow up bounce trampoline center and a comida corrida counter in the corner.......