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11-20-2015 Journal–More Pre-Christmas Shopping!   Leave a comment

I’m posting a little later than I like today. I was stolen away by my better-half for a day of errands and Christmas shopping.  I wasn’t thrilled but I’m trying to work on improving my Christmas spirit  this year so I’ve been smiling and nodding a lot. That was my first mistake.

For those of you unfamiliar with Maine the “Holy Land” of shopping is the town of Freeport located approximately 10 miles north of Portland along the coast. It’s a small town composed primarily of an endless supply of outlet stores from damn near every retailer you can name.  It’s always been a tradition for us and most Mainers to do some of our Christmas shopping there and to spend more than a little time doing it.

This year was the first time we’ve actually gone to Freeport before Thanksgiving and Black Friday (Thank God).  The stores weren’t too crowded and finding parking was a snap for a change.  Our first stop was my favorite place called Mexicali Blues.  It’s actually a modern day version of what once was  considered a “head shop” minus the bongs and roach clips. 

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If you like extremely bright colors and off-the-wall apparel, this is the place.  I never miss a chance to visit and I always buy something interesting. Today I picked up a few wild and crazy stocking stuffers for some of the family members.  I just love the place.

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Smoke a fat doobie, sit on the sofa, and contemplate on this bird. That’s sure to get your head and your Christmas season kick-started.  If you choose to do that I’d recommend a huge bag of Lays wavy potato chips and lots of wine.

Another stop that is always mandatory in Freeport is a visit to L.L. Bean.  The crowds were small and the better-half was able to take her time (like always) and buy a few small things for the family. 

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I waited until the appropriate time to start complaining.  I was hungry, I needed coffee, my feet hurt, and anything else I could think of.  Being subtle with the better-half is a losing battle. I just have to blurt things out until she gets tired of hearing me. Sometimes it takes a while but it always works eventually. 

We made it home in record time and I was able to put anther day of shopping hell behind me. I guarantee you I’ll be hiding for the rest of the holiday season in places the better-half won’t look.  Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

09-25-2014 Journal Entry-Shopping Day!   Leave a comment

I’m not entirely sure how to handle all this beautiful weather. I suppose this is what used to be called an “Indian Summer”.  I don’t know why it’s so damn nice but I certainly intend to enjoy it.

The better-half and I decided to make a day of it after her early morning doctors appointment.  She received loads of good news about her health which put us both in a great mood.  As we were leaving the doctors office I had a brainstorm that was totally not something I would ever do. I spontaneously headed north from Portland to take her shopping in Freeport, Maine, known for it’s endless supply of outlet stores and L.L.Bean.

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Freeport is a place I’ve always tried to avoid but I figured what the hell.  I gave her control of our day and followed along like the good little boy that I am.  We visited a thrift shop and a number of ridiculous tourist traps looking at all things Moose.  Not only are the gifts a little lame the prices are ridiculous.  I remember a time when visiting outlets meant cheaper than normal prices and  it’s too bad that tradition has slowly faded away.

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‘One of My Favorites’

We made the obligatory stop at L.L. Bean’s to look around a bit.  It’s quite the place to visit but if you intend to shop there bring lots of credit cards.  It’ll be a cold day in hell when I spend $90.00 for a pair of jeans or $350.00 for a plain brown leather bomber jacket.  Insanity from the front door all the way through the huge building. I decided not to spend any money there and just cruised around the buildings and grounds snapping a few pictures.

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As lunch time rolled around I was starving.  We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that specializes in seafood and chowder.  The better-half settled for clam chowder while I dug into a plate of fish & chips.  It was incredibly good and that lunch stop became the best part of our day.  We left feeling good and ready for a quick walk through town and then a long and leisurely ride home.

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The remainder of the day was kind of blah. The weather was sunny but the day was what could be called "in between".  The trees have started to change color but aren’t quite there yet for those vivid colors everyone loves.  While it’s sunny it’s also very chilly verging on uncomfortable. We’ll have to try this trip again in a few weeks when the foliage is worth photographing.  Her are a few blah photos from that ride home.

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Just another day here in paradise.  Hanging around waiting for the leaves to change and the snow to fly.