Wednesday, February 15, 2006

More-than-usual excitement at Target

I can't believe I forgot to blog about the unprecedented excitement that took place at our local Target the other day.

First of all, let me stress that I was there on a legitimate mission. I was in charge of "Bunco night" for the ladies retreat at our church and I was trying to find a bell to ring to begin and end rounds. Do you know how hard it is to find a bell? The only one I could find at Target was on the bicycle aisle. It was a Disney Princess bicycle bell.

So I was standing there trying to decide if I should buy it or not when a woman walked into the aisle. She was holding a shirt that was still on the hanger. She seemed tense and was looking over the shelf behind me very anxiously. Then she suddenly hurried away.

Meanwhile, I decided against the bicycle bell and was looking elsewhere in the store when I decided I really did want to get the bicycle bell. So back I went to the bicycle aisle. That's when I spotted her again. This time she was looking anxiously around and appeared to be talking into the shirt on the hanger. When she saw me, she suddenly stopped and walked away. "Surely it's not..." I thought. Then, as she was walking away, I saw her stick a walkie-talkie in the back of her jeans. She had been hiding it under the shirt. That's when I knew! I had spotted a plain-clothes cop. Then I saw the hoodlums a couple of aisles over that she had been watching.

Don't you think my Target addiction has reached a new level when I know who the plain-clothes cops are? Is it weird that I found this so exciting? I was there today (hair color -- another legitimate mission) and I looked for her but didn't see her. I was going to wink and whisper "I know who you are." OK, probably not.

In honor of this milestone, and inspired by fellow blogger Kyle Martin, I have written some Target haiku:

Target, I love you
The red bullseye is my friend
Wal-Mart really sucks.

And you wonder why I'm a published writer!


  • At Wed Feb 15, 07:33:00 PM, Blogger Alissa said…

    Hey Deana, yes, Hobbs is where I was bor...1979. I still have family there and in Monument and in Midland, TX. I have run across people all through my life who were born or lived in Hobbs, it just doesn't strike me as a good hub city? You?

    BTW...on a related note...I used to attend church with our local Wal-mart's plain clothes security guard. I would always want to talk to him on my trips there, but felt like it would give him away in some way. (Sorry little town isn't big enough for the likes of you, I guess.)

  • At Wed Feb 15, 08:09:00 PM, Blogger Alissa said…

    I should have made a point to go by the hospital when we were back there 2 summers ago...never thought about it. I did go by the elementary school and my old day care and all...but not the site of my birth. Too bad.

    I am just surprised at how big the town is now. With all the casinos coming, who knows how big it will get. My grandmother who is close to 80 and still living there is just appalled. LOL She was upset when we were there because she no longer knew every person mentioned in the newspaper any more. It is far from the "ghost town" that I heard rumors it would become.

  • At Thu Feb 16, 06:40:00 AM, Blogger songbirdintl said…

    Your Target posts crack me up! Thanks for giving me a laugh this morning. This will give new meaning and adventure to my next Target excursion!

  • At Thu Feb 16, 09:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My husband was in the Mall the other day and saw a man handcuffed being led away. He said the guy was giving people "the bird" that were watching this. My response? "You always see the good stuff when you are out" He looked at me like I was crazy! This was also Day 9 of sick kids so maybe I was crazy!


  • At Thu Feb 16, 12:40:00 PM, Blogger "Snapshot" said…

    Plain clothes store security are the best. I used to work at a large department store and in the break room, everyone would always be gathered round the plain clothes officers hearing their latest stories.Best story was when one of them was watching a guy in the lingerie department. The guy was stuffing underwear, bras, etc. in his big coat. When the officer stopped him he of course said he didn't have anything in his coat. The officer grabbed him by the collar and shoved him up against the wall. Underwear and bras came falling out to the ground. Oops!

  • At Thu Feb 16, 08:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Carrie you crack me up!

  • At Fri Feb 17, 07:31:00 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    This post cracks me up (and Carrie too)! We are FINALLY getting a Target in March close by. I have been doomed to Wal Mart for 8 months now. It's depressing to go in there when I know you're having so much more fun!


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