Saturday I went to our local Target to buy, what else, more Christmas lights. I had to make a couple of stops on the way, and everyone I talked to said the same thing. "Whatever you do, don't go to Target. It's a zoo right now" I went anyway. They were right. It was a zoo. Worse than a zoo, but completely tolerable and manageable. Didn't the financial soothe sayers predict that the recession was going to keep everyone home this holiday shopping season?I was happy to see, on Saturday at least, they turned out be wrong...again. Despite the crowd, I was able to get in and out in under ten minutes. My strategy? Enter Target through the garden center, and pay at the garden center register, where there was no line. A snap.
Answer me this. What happens to a string of Christmas lights over the course of being in a box for eleven months, that makes them not work when you take them out of storage? The very same lights that worked when I took them off the tree last January. Saturday I took them out of the storage box, plugged them in to test before I put them on the tree, and nada! Nothing. Shook them. Nothing. Changed the fuses in them. Nothing. None of the lights lit. And half of the lights on the other string didn't work either. Whatever happened to those lights between January 10th and November 29th of this year will remain a mystery. But that's why I had to back to Target.