July 18, 2009

I shouldn't be allowed out on weekends

... because I spend too much money. First stop today, the Verizon Wireless store. This morning I got it in my head that if I get a Mifi, I can tell my home cable/internet company to shove it. I use RCN at home, they are awful, I get overbilled all the time, it takes upwards of 45 minutes to get a customer service representative on the phone and when you get someone on the phone, boy are they some of the least helpful people in the world. Yes, in the world, I'm not even being facetious. I've worked with people who I do not speak the language of who are more helpful than these RCN customer service operators. RCN is a joke. Sadly all the Verizon stores in New York are out of mifi stock, so I placed my order for one and it'll arrive on Tuesday, whereupon I'll have 30 days to try it. I'm super-excited to have a wifi bubble everywhere I go! Will let you know how it works.

Then, as part of my effort to conform (okay, not really), I've decided to get some khaki/chino (I don't know the difference) shorts. So I went to The Gap. I don't understand The Gap. For decades they built their reputation on doing really solid, inexpensive, reliable basics (like khakis and shorts and T-shirts and button-downs). It was all going pretty well and all of a sudden they decide to become more fashionable -- of course, that's when it all went downhill. 40% dip in profits, blah blah blah, years ago. So, their solution? Instead of scaling back and doing what they do best (and what their customer expects (and probably wants) when they walk in the store, they go even more fashionable (but not really) -- by hiring a new creative director, doing collaborations with up and comers, etc. Hey guys, news flash, it's not working. Peasant skirts and wannabe-LA jersey dresses, ruching, who do you think you are? Anthropologie-lite? Today at The Gap, there was one pair of women's khaki shorts in the entire store, only in size 2 and 4. Everything else there I could have gotten a cheaper, cooler, better version of in any of the other masstige stores -- H&M, Forever 21, Club Monaco, Anthropologie. I think Gap should stick to what they do best and quit this self-imposed identity crisis they've gotten embroiled in over the last 10-ish years.

So I wandered over to J. Crew -- everything in that store is on sale + 20 percent off. And I got some khaki shorts. I haven't owned khaki shorts since I was 13. This will be an adventure.