Okay, the title of this post isn’t to be confused with “Alice in Wonderland,” although, to be honest, my latest experience was in many ways a lot like Alice’s. But I regress. Let me begin at the beginning.
A couple of days ago I had to go to Macy’s to return a bra which didn’t fit quite right and exchange it for another style or brand that might. Now, the mall which contains this particular Macy’s is dying. It’s like a ghost town, with many stores closed and that huge empty feeling wherein your voice echoes if you talk too loudly. But, oddly enough, this Macy’s is pretty new. They took over a local department store and redid the whole thing so that it is a sleek, ultra-modern tribute to modern commercialism. That said, it’s never very crowded.
So I go to the lingerie department, intending to tell the saleslady of my intention to exchange bras. But there is no one there! Now this bra department is humongous, so I figure that maybe she’s stooping down doing inventory or something. But, look as I might…no saleslady. In fact, there was no one in the department at all except me! It was eerie. This department is kind of in its own little alcove, so that I can’t see anyone in any other department, either. But, okay, I decided to start looking for a new bra, figuring that someone would show up any minute. I wander through the various bra racks (and, believe me, there are hundreds!) looking at this one and that one, my eyes occasionally scanning for some sign of life. Nada.
Twenty minutes into this solitary shopping, two possibilities occur to me. One is that I’m on some kind of Candid Camera show. As I move around, my eyes are on the lookout for cameras or photographers, but I see nothing or no one. The other possibility is that I’ve entered some kind of Twilight Zone. I remember one old episode where a woman went shopping and disappeared. Later, when her friend went to the same store, she passed right by her friend, who had been turned into a mannequin who looked just like her! Holey-moley! Was I in some kind of black hole where time was frozen?
I also had visions of going into the fitting room only to have the door chopped down by a crazed ax murderer/sex maniac who knew he wouldn’t be observed. He’d burst in, saliva dripping from his stubbly chin, and there I’d be with my precious ta-ta’s bared to the world! What do do? What do do?
“Oh Star, get real!” I chided myself, “You have to try these bras on. By the time you’ve finished, someone will be here. Meanwhile, look at it like this. You OWN this department!. Talk about privacy, girl! You’ve got it made.” With this good advice (thank you, Self,) I grandly marched back into the fitting room. I found a bra I liked and came back out into the department, which was as vacant as before…just me and a million bras. I searched the floor until I finally found a human being in the crystal glass department and, when I explained what I was doing there holding a bra, she kindly checked me out. And I was still alive.
Oh yeah, there is a little postscript to this story. Remember when I told myself not to be nervous, just to act like I owned the department? Well, it worked a little too well! When I finished putting my clothes back on in the fitting room, I went to leave, only to discover that I hadn’t even locked the door! Momma mia! I bet I only missed that ax murderer by seconds…
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