Yup, that’s me. Me and my cowboy hat in a major mall trying to find a comfortable spot to wait for my bride to finish her foray into the wonderful world of women shopping. There’s not a lot for a guy to do here.
I can’t push a shopping cart. That’s something that I do with gusto when we are out grocery shopping. No matter how tight the aisles, I negotiate my way through tightest of corridors.
Nor can I find interesting things to look at like a hobby store. There the unique, the clever or the novel can distract my attention for a long time. At least in those specialty shops I can pretend to be interested for a length of time.
However, when it comes to a department store, I’m stuck. Women’s fashions don’t leave me with a lot of options. That’s when I look for a place to sit down, pull out my i-phone and entertain myself for a long time.
This time I scanned the department for a sitting place. There were none. I have been here before so I knew that pickings would be slim.
That’s when I was in for a surprise. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a chase lounge!
At first I was suspicious. Maybe this was part of a display. Interior decorators were taking a break and wanted this feature to be the center of their creative presentation.
Nevertheless, I boldly drew closer to examine the possibilities. Nothing seemed to suggest that this lounge chair was for anything other than sitting. Sitting was exactly what I wanted to do. So, I sat down.
Next, I kicked my legs up and leaned back to take full advantage of what a chase lounge affords. I was relaxing. The test came when several clerks walked by.
These department store employees did not even give me a sideways glance. They went about their activities. So, I enjoyed my relaxation.
Yes, there were several customers who gave me a startled look. However, out of sheer politeness they looked away once we made eye-contact. Now, I was feeling self-conscious.
No, it wasn’t that women were surrounding me. That was expected in a Women’s Clothing department. Nor was it the surprising stares by women who were shopping. That was somewhat unique since few things actually can distract a woman from her shopping.
I was in my cowboy gear. My manliness was clear. What was unusual and capturing attention was that I was lying on a chair lounge that was bright pink.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography