An Emotional Journey I Wasn’t Prepared to Take

August 27, 2009 at 9:24 am 18 comments

Yesterday afternoon I got stuck at this awful light by my house. I normally avoid this light but I had a few errands to run and it was the most logical route home. Sometimes logic makes no sense because I was that terribly unlucky car that was the first one stuck behind a train. I could see it coming from (what seemed like) miles away. I thought I’d get through the light in time. Nope. The bars lowered and the lights started flashing. And then we waited and waited and waited. The train was still so far. Now listen, I’m all about safety but this seemed a bit excessive. I wish I had clocked the lag time but I was too busy screaming at the god’s in charge of the train crossing station about how they jumped the gun by about an hour on this.

The train crossing gods granted me a bit of peace. I relaxed a tad and anxiously awaited the train. As much as I hate getting stuck behind trains, I love watching them go by. They fascinate me. I like thinking about what might be in those train cars. I like trying to read the graffiti and realizing that nobody would ever let me into their gang because I can’t write in fun fonts. Well that, and my name isn’t cool enough to write all over trains. Maybe if my parents had chosen to name me something tougher like “Bonez” or “Crush.” But, alas, I’m stuck here at my day job with my girly handwriting and my name that used to be unique until the Clinton’s became famous and their daughter popularized the name. Stupid Clintons.

I think we were talking about trains, weren’t we? Yeah so I waited and waited and this train finally comes. I notice that it’s going awfully slow. And it’s only the front car. Whatever that thing is called. The Anti-Caboose. The Ying to the caboose’s Yang. It passes the intersection and, get this, it stops. Just stops. The conductor starts walking down his stairs. I was so annoyed that I was STILL stuck at this light that I didn’t even have time to be upset that the conductor wasn’t wearing blue pinstripe overalls and a cool hat. He walked around the front of the train to the other side. Now let me just throw this out there- Why is it safe enough for him to get out and walk IN FRONT of the train but it’s not safe enough for us to drive BEHIND a parked train?

He finally walks back around and gets in the train and starts going again. The train crossing gods deem it a safe area and raise the bars. We’re free.

I tell you this story so that we can have a lesson in emotion. If you were in my head (and praise the Lord that you aren’t, I’m sure that’s not a fun place to be) you would know that this was the emotional journey I went on:

-Oh a train way off in the distance! Exciting!
-Wait, what? It’s too soon. It’s still so far. Don’t force me to stop yet!
-Seriously. This is ridiculous.
-Trains are dumb. Will it just get here already?
-Ohhhh that’s kind of cool. I guess you are never too old to appreciate the wonders of trains!
-Okay but this is overkill.
-We’re done! GO AWAY.

Did you follow? Those were my emotions in chronological order.

Now, if any of you have any connections with Hobby Lobby, I would greatly appreciate it if you’d forward this post to them. (Or click on the words “Hobby Lobby” over and over and over so that they’ll come here and read this.) Tell them to take the above emotional journey and let them know that this is EXACTLY HOW I FEEL ABOUT THEIR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS.

-Oh Christmas is way off in the distance! Exciting!
-Wait, what? It’s too soon. It’s still so far. Don’t force me to see decorations yet!
-Seriously. This is ridiculous.
-Christmas is dumb. Will it just get here already?
-Ohhhh that’s kind of cool. I guess you are never too old to appreciate the wonders of Christmas!
-Okay but this is overkill.
-We’re done! GO AWAY.

Hobby Lobby, I love you. I do. I think you are an excellent store. You have everything a girl could ever want besides shoes (maybe you should look into that). But closing your doors on Sundays so that “your workers have time to worship and be with their families” is TOTALLY negated by the fact that you are commercializing Christmas more than any other store on the planet. It’s disgusting. It’s painfully ironic. It’s annoying and frustrating and you are taking away the holiday anticipating warm fuzzies I normally like to get in the beginning on November. Hobby Lobby, you’ve done pissed me off.

I’ll step off my soapbox now. But I’m keeping it right here next to me incase I need to get back up there.

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  • 1. Sarah  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I never thought about it like that, but you are so right!

    Speaking of things closed on Sundays…
    You know I also get super-annoyed with Chic-Fil-A too with the closing on Sundays thing because I only seem to crave them on Sundays! Lame!

  • 2. Ashley  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:24 am

    1. I do not like trains. I hate being the first one and I stop as far away from the tracks as possible (annoying other people in the process) on the off chance that the train jumps the track, I feel I will have a better chance to get away.

    2. I do not like when I walk into a store before November and see Christmas stuff. I mean really?! Let’s just wish our year away!

  • 3. Lyndsey  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

    It is August. August!

  • 4. Lindsay  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:38 am

    UGH! I Totally agree! I’m in that store all the time buying supplies and just last week I saw the Christmas stuff….IT’S AUGUST! I was so upset.

  • 5. Caroline  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I feel the same way about trains. They are neat but totally suck when you’re stuck behind one.

  • 6. Jessica  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Yeah, trains annoy the heck out of me only because I seem to always get stuck by one on the way to class, and that if I’m driving behind a bus on the way home it has to stop at the tracks and I’ll be stuck stopped behind them in the middle of an intersection. Oh well, that’s what I get for going to a school in a town where “Station” is half it’s name.
    I feel the same way about Christmas decorations, but I’m guilty of listening to Christmas music way too soon. I can’t help it, it’s awesome and on my ipod so it’ll play when it’s on shuffle. But Mariah gets mad at me and forces me to change it.
    This is a really long comment, sorry.

  • 7. mom  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:32 am

    NO OVERALLS???? What a bummer! What has the world come to when our train engineers stop wearing striped overalls? You just can’t depend on anyone anymore, can you? 🙂 I LOVE that we still have a few stores that are closed on Sunday’s – something is STILL sacred – but I sooooooo wish they would keep our holiday, Christmas, sacred too! Makes me want to vomit….’nough said!

  • 8. Jimbo  |  August 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I don’t know if I can blame Hobby Lobby (or any other store) for tapping into and contributing to the commercialization of Christmas. After all, don’t we ultimately have to blame ourselves for that? I guarantee you that if we, the consumers, didn’t buy stuff from them until November or December (or, at all), they wouldn’t put it out there this early. Companies thrive on meeting the customer where she is(or marketing the customer to where the company wants her to be).

  • 9. Mandy L  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    The longest stretch between major holidays is from Independence Day to Halloween. Inevitably you will see Halloween stuff out on July 5. It’s like this unwritten retail store rule – seriously. While it comes as no surprise to me that they’ve started putting out Holiday items 4 months in advance, it irritates me too. Can’t we have a breather?

  • 10. Lauren From Texas  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    i saw Halloween stuff LAST MONTH (JULY!!!) at Cracker Barrel. I WAS ANGRY.

  • 11. Erin  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I can totally sympathize! Waiting for a train only to have it STOP in front of you is the WORST. I’ve also been a passenger on a train when it stopped and blocked traffic for 20 minutes…that’s awkward, too, because you get dirty looks.

    And UGH, I know what you mean about the overkill decorations…except that I don’t think letting their employees honor the 4th Commandment is negated by their selling Christmas crap. It’s just the right thing to do 😉

  • 12. Rachel  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Chelsea Megan, you take that back. I think every Christmas decoration I own was bought at Hobby Lobby… probably for 30 – 60% off. I love decoration shopping there and just avoid the Christmas aisle any time before the end(ish) of November.
    BTW, I still loathe the train crossing at 518 and 35 and Pearland. It is the cause of a few missed curfews and many wasted minutes.

  • 13. Sara  |  August 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I totally agree with you about Hobby Lobby. (I clicked just for you, btw). WAY too early for Christmas. Honestly, I thought it was a bit early for Halloween, but Christmas?! I will be staying away from that section until November.

  • 14. Kelly  |  August 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Great analogy! I can so relate!

  • 15. Samantha  |  August 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Gosh, I love how you tie things together so intricately. It makes me want to give you two words and see if you can write a post that ties the two of them together. You up for the challenge? Haha!

    I was in Hallmark the other day, and they were putting out their Christmas ornaments. Stores need to slow down! What about… Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving… geez!

  • 16. saii  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    it’s crazy what ppl do to sale !

  • 17. Cio  |  August 28, 2009 at 8:54 am

    dude. I totally saw a commercial for Christmas cards the other day. I’ll admit, I freaked. Seeing all those decorations for Christmas in Hobby Lobby, makes me SO angry sometimes. I try to stay away until November. lol

    have you ever gone Around the bars, when you’re waiting for the train, that seems to never come? I’ve only done it twice (and I know i shouldn’t) but I don’t like waiting for the train either. Especially when they lower the bars so early!

  • 18. Stephenie  |  August 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    This is hillarious… I was just at hobby lobby yesterday. My status on facebook was about how they are rushing us through this holiday season… Dont they understand that we Houstonians do not really fully get to experience the joys of Christmas due to the fact its 101 until feb? Please dont rush me through my favorite holiday, as I prefer to take my time!

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