The Beatles wrote some good songs.
I dreamed I had Japanese toilet paper.
No, I don't know what that means.
I dreamed I had an Arabic language Previews (my comic ordering form); and that I was testifying in Congress about it.
And no. I do not know what that means -- except that it's ordering weekend.
Apparently, Wabi Sabi has opened, over on Brooks St. near the Pine Tavern, and it's all Japanese stuff.
I can see some of you rolling your eyes, but you know what? It isn't as crazy as it sounds. They'll have a strong reaction from the Japanese-philes; and the material is unique and interesting enough to probably garner a curiosity purchase from most browsers.
It's apparently not as Otaku oriented as I had expected; not much manga or anime. (Wiki: OTAKU: "... a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, and video games.")
Which means there is still someone out there who has expressed an interest in opening a comic shop downtown.
I'm hoping the Wabi Sabi people willl be friendly; and send people my way who ask for Otaku stuff, and I can send all my Otaku customers their way.
I can just see it. The Desert Sun guys scam a bunch of money and buy two Dodge Vipers. Someone takes them aside and says, "Dudes. Vipers are so redneck!"
So they go out and buy a Ferrari....
Every time they profile a family in need in the paper, I have the opposite reaction I'm supposed to have. I think I'm supposed to feel compassion, but I just see them wasting money, mismanaging their money, being incredibly unwise. And sure enough, the Mom is shown smoking a cigarette. Her excuses -- paying 900.00 a month for a motel room because she can't save the money for a down payment for cheaper lodging; buying only microwavables; and so on....are just hard to take.
It's like saying:
"I only eat steak, because the only restaurant within walking distance is a steak house."
"I only drive a new car, because there isn't a used car lot near by."
"I had to buy the big screen T.V., because it's the only one the fits the empty space in my motel."
But I suppose if they had brains, or willpower, or common sense, they probably wouldn't be in that position in the first place.
But, damn. I just want to take that money and show them how to handle it...except, they'd probably be right back where they started the minute they were on their own.
So Black Friday sales were down .5%? Baloney. Stuff and Nonsense. They have no possible conceivable way of really knowing that. Hell, they were talking about Black Friday being better by 2:00 in the afternoon!
No one asked me.
Nor, I suspect a single store in Bend. Or Redmond. Or anywhere else around here.
It's putting too fine a point on a basically unknowable number.
We're open on Sundays again. I'm hoping we won't have to start from scratch again. Last time, it took years before enough people knew and it paid off.
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