Friday, November 26, 2010

Memory Lane Friday - Shopping

Memory Lane Friday is a weekly blog carnival where you can blog about your memories and link up.  Everyone is welcome.  This week's topic, in honor of Black Friday, is shopping.

I have to say, I think Black Friday has gotten completely crazy.  I have never been (and likely never will be - unless I get konked on the head by a falling piano and endure a complete personality change) a Black Friday shopper.  And this year?  Stores opening at 3 am?  The crowds and wrestling over the last Snuggie?  So yeah.  You all go have fun!  I'll be in bed asleep. 

Nope, I'm one of those annoying prepared persons.  I do my shopping throughout the year.  By Thanksgiving, most of the time all my gifts are purchased and already wrapped (weirdo!).  If I still have a few last minute gifts, I tend to order them online, as I avoid the store crowds at all costs.  And NO WAY would I be out on Black Friday!

My most memorable shopping experience is from when I was about 10 years old.  As a kid I had asthma (still do, actually, but it rears its head very rarely now, thankfully).  My mom and my grandmother and I went to do some Christmas shopping.  We walked into a department store (I don't recall which one) and were headed towards the mall interior when we encountered a demonic sales lady in the perfume section.  She spritzed, directly at us, Giorgio perfume.
Instantly, my eyes teared up and my throat started closing.  I felt like I couldn't breathe and began coughing.  And coughing and coughing and coughing.  An asthma attack!  I was allergic to Giorgio - and we'd had no idea.  I walked faster and faster, trying to get away from the perfume and struggling to breathe.  It took a good while before I could catch my breath, and I remember being terrified that I wouldn't be able to breathe again.

Perfumes don't typically bother me (well, the really bad ones give me a headache ;-)) but even today, if I catch a whiff of Giorgio it starts closing up my throat. 

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Dawn said...

Haha! You sound like me...if I can get out of shopping I will.
(and I do not wear perfume. I cough and sneeze every time:)
Have a wonderful weekend...while the shoppers shop:)

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

I can't stand the crazy holiday shopping, either. I was invited to go shopping today, and I was like, "No way!"

Wow! That must've been scary, not being able to breathe normally. Who knew you'd be so allergic to Georgio!

Andrea said...

Oh no! That's crazy scary!

As for me, my mom and I used to go on BF every year, not at the crack of dawn, but early enough. Now I stick with online. And I do some shopping during the year, but otherwise I stick to the deals I can find. :)

Myya said...

Oh my gosh I bet that was sooo scary! Stupid sales lady, she should know better then to just spray it at someone.