Monday, November 16, 2009

Just Hangin' Out

My older brother went to the dry cleaners last week to drop off a few shirts. And when he walked in, the lady working there was reading a book in a hammock... inside the store... in the middle of the work day. But he didn't take a picture with his cell phone! So I have two problems with that situation.

First, it's shocking to me that he didn't take this lady's picture. I mean, if someone is willing to install an outdoor hammock inside a building and use it in full view, I don't think they'd mind if you took a picture of them using it. In fact, if they happened to be slightly self-conscious about using the hammock, a person taking their picture would probably make them feel better about the whole situation. So why my brother didn't take a picture is beyond me. That would be my first instinct.

Second, and probably more obvious, why would someone install a hammock in their store? Maybe it's because of my size, but I've never found hammocks to be so much more comfortable than a chair that I resent not owning one. And it's hard for me to imagine that if you're a business owner, you can't budget for an eight dollar metal folding chair. Did she bring the hammock from home? Did she buy it at Sam's with her businessperson discount? Is it possibly a tax write-off? Is she selling homemade hammocks? Okay, that actually sounds reasonable. She probably makes hand-woven hammocks and that's her sales technique. How better to get the word out on your merchandise than to display and use them in public. It works for those toy helicopter salesmen in the mall.

But I do know one thing for sure. I'm purposely staining my shirt with some coffee today just so I can go in that store with my camera phone ready.

1 comment:

AFWingMom said...

Okay, seriously...two things, I am very concerned about your brother and the dry cleaning lady rocks.

So let's address the first. What is wrong with your brother? Most days I carry my camera with me for that very reason. Not that I think I will happen upon a lady reading in a hammock but you never know. Is your brother missing some gene or something?

And to address the second issue. I can't say that I've ever considered a hammock something that I would want to relax in but that's just me. I like the idea that she made the hammock. Possibly utilizing lint found in the pockets of the garments and weaving it into twine then taking that twine and weaving it into an intricate hammock. Or possibly she'll use jute. I don't think we use the word jute often enough. Who really does use jute? Maybe she could be a jute box hero. Haha!

Okay - let me know when the pics are posted. I'm so excited to see them!