The running of the Shoppers has started.

 

 

IMG_20171013_172328~2 The pansiesThere I was, foolishly hoping that Christmas shopping  would now be done on-line. I rubbed hands in glee when Frank Lowy announced his Westfield Emporiums had been sold. A canny man, I thought. Perfect timing. Shopping malls are on the nose. People shop in their lonely room from a dusty computer. The instant split second excitement at the push of a button.

A few weeks ago at a huge shopping complex in Campbelltown I noticed that shops were half empty. Many seemed to mull around the food hall grazing out of paper plates and sipping luridly coloured slushies out of gallon sized polystyrene buckets. I figured already then that many now shop on-line. Eating was the only thing still somewhat difficult to do on-line

With the advent of Amazon, dire predictions were made, spelling the end of traditional shopping. However, this morning’s trip to a local supermarket ‘Farmer’s Market’ undid my theory. It had all the hallmarks of shoppers in a frenzy. Jaws were being tightened and the trolleys were wrenched out of their coin operated locking devices with more than just a bit of intolerance towards other shoppers trying to free a trolley. One can pick up those signs. It was the same last year. Kids are being smacked and items are being bought in totally unjustifiable numbers with the excuse they might come in ‘handy’ or ‘ just in case.’ I overheard one husband begging his wife not to buy the triple smoked ham, ‘we chucked it out last year,’ he said.

I noticed one shopper on one bare knee digging at floor level trying to get to the back of a mountain of large hams which were for sale at $ 8.- a kilo. The hams themselves were massive as was the exposed thigh of the other knee poking up. Hams at the back are the freshest, she stated firmly. Other shoppers would no doubt follow her and do the same. Some years ago, I lost my mobile phone. It was found at the back of lettuces. I remember doing that trick of digging at the back of the lettuces hoping for the freshest and must have lost my mobile there. It was when I rang my phone that a shopper answered it. She must have been so surprised.

The Government is on holidays till February. That is one of the best presents this nation was given. This should undo some of the pre-Christmas tension and help calm us down.

All the best, dear readers. Enjoy the holiday and stay sane.

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21 Responses to “The running of the Shoppers has started.”

  1. jennypellett Says:

    I haven’t ventured to the shops yet. Some may think I’m a tad unprepared. But the shops are open again on Boxing Day and we’re out to lunch on the day, so what’s the rush? I can’t be doing with this frenzied panic buying. Seasonal greetings from across the globe, Gerard 🎄🎄🎄❄️❄️😊

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, that’s right, Jenny. The shops are only closed for one day. But for many it must be such a harrowing experience to miss out on shopping even for one day.
      Last year our local creek was clogged up by hams that had been chucked out. The ducks looked so surprised.
      Seasons greeting to you too, Jenny.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    Next time I misplace my phone, I’ll look in the lettuces!

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  3. Robert Parker Says:

    This was a very funny read, thank you! That ringing noise from the hams and lettuces had me laughing. I never answer such calls, unless it’s a banana.
    My wish for the new year, Let Us Not Lose Our Phones.
    Best wishes for a nice holiday season. Now I’m hungry for ham.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you, Robert.

      There is often something interesting going on at large super-markets. Some shoppers even confer with others on their cell-phone for advice on some dairy selection or choice of pumpkins.
      I don’t mind a slice of ham either. Smoked mussels can be nice as well.
      Best wishes to you too.

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  4. Andrew Says:

    People are buying online and in the shops. I think we all end up buying too much. Eating out on Christmas day is far easier. And we don’t ‘do’ presents. It’s not traditional here. So that saves a lot of hassle. I have not yet lost my phone behind a lettuce or a ham but I’m sure there is still time.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, buying online is popular. I pay my electricity online and the gas. I know I don’t get a surprise packet delivered at the door. Even so, it is nice to have the air-con working and that we can cook and have hot water.
      We don’t give presents anymore either. I did get a nice Christmas card from the local Estate Agent. He still has hopes we sell up and move somewhere else. But, we are so close to the hospital and the Emergency Ward, we can walk to it in 0ne minute.

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  5. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    HA! You make me laugh! And the part about the ham and lettuces made me snort-laugh, Gerard! 😀 😛 Great write! 🙂

    I do equal amounts of online shopping and store/shops shopping. I try to get it done early as I don’t enjoy shopping or the crowds of people.

    But, I do like to listen to people talk to each other in the stores…especially the conversations between husbands and wives. Ha! 😀 I’ve seen people talking on their phones and comparing prices of toys…so the husband must have been in one store and the wife in another store. Ha. 😛

    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Oh…I blogged the other day about books, pajamas, and chocolate. 😀

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, supermarkets are a font of inspiration for many a writer or artist. There is so much going on there for those that look and listen. Many shoppers take the task very serious as if everything depends on the choice of articles. Of course, the choices now are almost limitless. The dairy division alone takes about half a day to study and take it all in.
      Years ago you had butter, milk and with luck some cheese, but look at it now.
      Hugs too.
      Yes, I did read your blog about books, pyjamas and chocolate but we have been somewhat overtaken by medical events.

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  6. shoreacres Says:

    This was such a delightful read, Gerard. I laughed at the title, assuming it’s a takeoff on the running of the bulls. I have a friend who went to Vermont once for the Strolling of the Heifers. It’s a real thing — an annual event — and she said it was ever so much more appealing than something that required running.

    I was in our largest grocery yesterday because I’d see that they now have Cara Cara oranges in stock. They’re my favorites, but short-seasoned, and not always available. Anyway: the place was jam-packed, and as festive as could be. People were trading recipes and asking advice. I don’t know how things are elsewhere, but it surely did feel like Christmas there. And they didn’t have obnoxious music blaring. I think there might have been some music, but it was subtle. Extra points always are given for subtle.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Linda.
      The strolling of the heifers seems a hoot. Yes, supermarkets at this time can go both ways. Some are full of good cheer and spirit and some show shoppers that stop and talk, especially around the dairy section which is of course always nicely chilled. It was 32C and tomorrow is expected 37C.
      There will be crowds of shoppers around the chilled meats and dairy sections to morrow.
      During extreme heat, elderly folk congregate in supermarkets because of the air con.
      The TV warns people to keep well hydrated.

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  7. Charlotte Hoather Says:

    It wasn’t as busy as usual at the outlet village near us on Sunday, I think you’re right about the Amazon boxes they were piling up in Dads office today.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Amazon is also selling my books. It uses the POD method. (Print on Demand). Amazing that when my book gets ordered, even if just a single copy, this giant machine just prints the single copy and still makes a profit from it.
      Glad to hear you are enjoying your singing so much, Charlotte. So do I.

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  8. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    How are you doing, Gerard?
    I hope all is well. You all have been in my thoughts.
    (((HUGS)))

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The medical events did play havoc over the last few weeks. Helvi is having treatment which caused her immunity to lower to a level whereby opportunistic infections took over. She ended up in Hospital on Christmas day and only came out yesterday.
      She will undergo an operation soon, after which another year of treatment is forecasted.
      It hasn’t been a good Christmas this time but things are much better now. We are so lucky to have hardworking doctors and dedicated nurses and that despite the shambles that the public hospitals seem to work under.
      I am so pleased about your care and Hugs to you too.
      I will try and get back on my horse and write on the blog again soon.

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        Healing thoughts and wishes to Helvi.
        Yes, we are blessed to have such wonderful medical professionals to give care and help. 🙂
        Take time to take care of Helvi. Blogging can wait. I just wanted you to know you were missed and thought about. (((HUGS))) for both of you.

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