Back to School Shopping, So Cal Style

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Decisions, Decisions.”

How are you more likely to make an important decision — by reasoning through it, or by going with your gut?

Ah, the beginning a of a new school year and with it, the all important back to school shopping.  Must be in style, must not show fear, must have the essentials, must not be nervous at a new school.  The list goes on forever.  Against that backdrop of emotion, Kate and I went back to school shopping–after all she is now a college student; independent and free.

We started that adventure searching for a cell phone store.  One small bit of water, a bit of frantic drying, and the black screen of doom appeared on her samsung galaxy phone.  Smart phones are one of the essentials for a college student or any younger person (that is younger than 30 years old).  Shop one didn’t even know if they repaired smart phones.  Shop two, the phone is dead, can I sell you a new one.  Great deal, will only last until monday at prices never to be seen again.  Shop three, success, they fix smart phones.  Waterdamage treatment, 45 dollars if it works, 20 dollars if it doesnt.  Phone call an hour later, no water damage only a dead lcd screen.  130 dollars to fix.

Having finished with the first back to school essential, onward brave shoppers.  But first we need to stop for substance.  It’s hard work shopping in the high heat of San Diego.  We are wimps here, not used to 98 degrees with 80 percent humidity.  Give us back our perfect weather of 85 degrees with 45 percent humidity in the summer.  I want my nice cool summer days and lovely warm winter days.  The only cure is a burrito.  Two lovely rice and bean burritos, green salsa; eaten in the coolness of a local taco dive called Juanitas.

With full stomachs, on to the next shopping task, Shoes.  Head over to the birkenstock store, buy two pairs–one for mother and one for daughter.  Not matching, Kate’s don’t have backstraps.  Me, I have to have the backstraps.  Dress code at work demands all shoes have one.  Plus we have different colors.  Kate got dark brown, I got light brown.

So how do we make decisions here?…definetly with the gut.  Burritos were the most important  part of the So Cal Back To School Shopping process.



Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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