Wednesday, December 14, 2005
  god damn the wal*mart

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after i dropped mini off last night, i was passing by a wal*mart on my way back to the interstate and realized there's something i need that, if i can find it at all, would be at wal*mart.

now, i know enough about the evil corporation to not spend my money there. exploited labor, both domestically and abroad.. purposefully out-pricing competitors to drive them out of business.. all things i should not be supporting.

so, anyway, i had no luck in what i went there for, but realized i really needed cat litter. when i got up to the line and realized it was going to take me 15 minutes to get through it, i figured i'd at least make my shopping trip worth it.

a thought that kept recurring during my little wal*excursion: how can they be so freaking cheap?? well, i mean, i know HOW. but OH MY GOD.

it's a horrible, horrible place - everything is so freaking cheap, you just want to buy it, but you don't WANT to.

so now i am having huge pangs of guilt: i spent $100 there. (3 $5 DVDs, my new niece/nephew's xmas gift, cat litter, meal bars, milk, cereal, boca burgers, etc.) i felt guilty the whole time i was shopping there, too, but - omg, so cheap! like these purses that i liked were only $10. i made myself run away from that area before i was tempted.. that must be what cheating on your spouse feels like: this is so wrong, but feels so good!

well, hopefully i can be strong in the future when faced with the extraordinary bargains found on the wal*mart shelves. luckily, i pretty much consider the place to be hell on earth (i had read three magazines in line by the time i got to pay for my stuff) and it takes a lot for me to step foot in there.

i shop at walmart all the time, love it, i dont really care why its so cheap, cause I can't afford to get it elsewhere. I go to Target it too sometimes. Plus I also go to a employee owned discount grocery store, HATE HATE going to Safeway after that cause its so damn expensive.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

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