For reasons far too esoteric and geeky to go into here, I needed to get some ultra fine tip Sharpies. Things wrapped up at game night a little early tonight, so I left just before 8:30, figuring I had time to hit Staples before 9:00 and get what I needed. The lights were still on in the store when I pulled up, and a scattering of cars dotted the parking lot. I looked at my watch: 8:40, plenty of time.
Turns out they closed at 8:00.
Probably my fault for just assuming all stores stay open until 9:00 on a weeknight, but … well, most stores stay open until 9:00 on a weeknight! What the hell was this? Other stores in the plaza were still open. Why was Staples denying me my shopping pleasure? Do they not like money? Do they not know I need ultra fine tip Sharpies? This was definitely not easy.
Perturbed, I remembered an Office Depot about five minutes down the road. I headed that way and found a very similar scene: lights on, cars in the parking lot … and a store that had closed at 8:00. This was getting ridiculous. If hostile aliens were to descend upon us demanding all our office supplies after 8:00, Orlando would be a smoking ruin.
I thought about going to the still-open Target or the eternally open Walmart, but the mood was no longer on me. Besides, these were specific ultra fine tip Sharpies I needed, and I doubted the relatively meager school supplies section of either store would be of use to me.
Defeated, I drove home, resigning myself to trying again tomorrow, and to boring all of you with this tale. In that at least I hope I have been successful.