(why isn't there a font for "air quotes"? You knew those were air quotes in the title, right?)
Yesterday I went to Lowe's to look at area rugs. When the sisal rug we have in our family room started fraying right in the middle of the rug (in front of the couch) I knew that it was inevitable. But now that it has actual holes in it where the fraying areas used to be, it's really time, and I have already searched at several carpet stores.
This information really has nothing to do with my story, but now that you already have it, you might as well know that I have not been able to find a suitable replacement rug. Apparently I'm pretty picky about rugs.
As long as I'm rambling, I'll tell you that I walked straight in to the Lowe's Christmas trap, and got stuck right there in front of the store for about 15 minutes looking at Christmas trees, ornaments, and all the whatnots that were there.
And by the time I remembered that I was not actually there to look at holiday things, I was in the middle of the Halloween aisle. I love Halloween. But I was only halfway down the aisle because one of those life-sized, animatronic butlers was at the other end. And I was pretty sure it was motion activated. I was making sure I stayed a good 30 feet away, and marveling at the power I was giving to a decoration to seriously creep me out.
I think I even shivered a little
And when I was done scaring myself by being so close (seriously! 30 feet!!) to the creepy butler dude, i turned around and almost had heart failure, because this big scary "zombie-type" guy had appeared out of nowhere and was standing VERY close to me. Before he could even utter the words "Can I help you find something?" I was already in mid-scream. Not one of those yelpy things, either. Seriously. Creeped. Out. Remember?
He apologized... I'm pretty sure he didn't know for what.
I apologized for being startled... and for thinking he was a zombie.
Which he didn't find nearly as funny as I did.
I did not look at area rugs. Instead, I'm pretty sure every employee in the store watched me try to find an exit (stupid Lowe's) as I hurried out of the store.
So I guess the question is, - -
When you're barred from an establishment for life, does someone actually SAY something? Or is it more implied?