Recently I went to one of the large chain stores that begins with W. They always advertise low prices and state they are going lower. Also they emphasize friendliness to customers.
In the Ladies Department was a table with very nice printed fleece tops. Each one had a design and was very soft. I noticed the big sign on the table and it was $7.00. So these nice tops were supposed to be priced at $7.00. The original price was $9.99.
I choose a nice mint green one with metallic unicorns on it. Before I went to the check out….I went to the price checking machine and checked all the prices of what I was buying in the shopping cart. Yes…this fleece top was $7.00.
When I went to the cashier, she rang up most of my items. When she came to the fleece top…..she looked at it. I said it is $7.00 because it was on the $7.00 counter.
She said to me…just because something was on the $7.00 table doesn’t mean it is $7.00.
Okay…..so….what does this reasoning mean? When the price rang up—$7.00—her theory did not hold up.
I know we are in a new age….what should we call it?
The re-use or re-recycle era? The electronic rules universe?
What I am mainly referring to—is the way the websites and stores are
supposedly cutting down on paper waste by using email to communicate.
All right—they ask before you leave the check out–do you want the receipt emailed or printed? You are given a choice.
But they never tell you that be prepared to have you email box overflowed with
endless communications from them.
You get a rundown of what you bought—what you might like to buy just like what you bought. Add to that additional items that could go with what you bought. Then to add to the mix—here are some things like what you bought that other customers have purchased and liked.
So to put it in a capsulized version—you are going to be stuffed with more advertisements than a turkey at Thanksgiving.
Why—does anyone see the irony in this?
All right—everyone that grows plants. Have any good experiences or bad?
I’ll start off—I gave my outside plants some Miracle Grow and they died. I had some pretty new guinea impatiens in two pots. They were doing well–but I thought could use some vitamins. Not—r.i.p.
The funniest flop–in plants is when I bought a cute Donkey Tails. It looks like little balls strung together, It was reduced at the local supermarket (red flag-right?). So I brought it home—put it in the corner of my bedroom.
It looked so nice and green. I watered it–and a few days later—noticed some of the balls on the floor.
So I went over to it and touched it—and almost all the balls of the plant start rolling off onto the floor. There was nothing left to the Donkey Tail Plant. It lasted two or three days.
I am glad when things grow. It does seem the plants have plans of their own.
To further explore what is art…I am sharing with your what I said in response to the question. Of course the question in the group was asked…..What is art?
Art to me is like breathing. It’s a part of life…It is life. You don’t set out to create something—it calls to you and you help bring it to life.
Then people were trying to say is digital art or is this way art. They were trying to break it down.
Like they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think art is like that too. We look at it and see what we feel is the meaning of the piece. But it is open to anyone’s interpretation. So what is art to me might not seem like art to you.
That is the beauty of art—Freedom of expression. Don’t knock it down with endless discussion. Look–enjoy–learn. Only to some–at times just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder—-some of us might think that person needs to get their eyes checked. So live–look—if you don’t like it—move on to something else.
As an artist I belong to different groups. One is an monthly Artist’s Forum where members exchange ideas and tell what they are working on.
Online is a bit of a different matter. Especially on Facebook–the artists groups always seem to question exactly what is art. There never seems to be a peaceful or calm resolution.
I don’t know if it is because online.. people exhibit a different online or web personality. But this topic stirs up the wildest of critics and never seems to reach a conclusion. Sometimes people rant and someone ends up quitting the group.
I guess since the earliest cave person started to draw on the cave wall—there was a critic. Homer from the next cave, probably said “Hm–don’t like your colors or shading on the great beast you have drawn–Ugh Ugh…” Then the artist promptly decked Homer.
So since the early days—art has evoked passion—devotion—and endless contemplation.
Ah—-the season of the feast. People roaming around the supermarket with shopping carts(wagons) busily looking down at long lists of things to get. Husband and wife–joined together—she swoops—he attacks—yes got the can of cranberries.
Others are hypnotized by looking at a phone—the wise voice on the other end—knows all—sees all—-tells them what to get.
Gobble….gobble…the cause of it all—some heavy—frozen—iced bird—you can not even lift..
Enjoy your feast all.
Do you wonder about store check outs? There should be another name for it. To make a long long story short. After going on another line in the local Kmart(first one held up by man who wanted reward points without a pin or card).
I had the things run up. The cashier said she set it as charge
card because everyone else was using it. Then she did
not know how to change it to cash. Then the manager came to help. He walks away—she rings it up and no paper—then she changes the paper—the machine screwed up the receipt and folded it with not printing right. She tried it gain and the result
was a half eaten receipt.
Good thing that came out of it—the cat got a nice piece of cat
furniture for under $10 dollars. Now if only they could
run a store that wasn’t so aggravating. I’ll take the phony store
that they used as an advertisement on television.
It looks like this…now if only the cat will use it.