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I recognize that things are going to change in life. The only constant in life is change blah blah blah. But that doesn't mean I don't find it annoying a lot.

And I mean, A LOT.

Today is Julia's birthday, and wanted to get her a nice bowl and fill it with chocolate covered peanuts. The peanuts were easy to get, so I dashed over to the local Pier One for a nifty bowl. I have several bowls that I like, a couple from there, so I figured it was an easy run.

The gaggle of teenaged girls going into the store at 8:50 at night should have clued me in that I should turn around and run. The "Everything 50% off!" should have screamed at me to freakin' run! There are few things I dislike more than the frenzy of cheap or free. People who would never buy some of the crap at the store, buy the crap. I don't get it. I don't like it. I can't stand it. Blech.

I didn't figure it out, though, and went into the store. Another "Blech."

Most of the shelves were bare. What remained was basically crap. No, no, real crap, not just the crap crap. Annoying.

It reminded me of the time Kris and I drove to San Jose to the Home Chef store for a rolling pin for Cal. We walked in, noticing the store had significantly more people in it than it normally did, only to realize most of the shelves were bare because they were closing the store down. That was the second Home Chef store closed (the other in downtown Palo Alto that burned down a few years back, to be rebuilt and reopen as the Apple store). The only reason I went to the San Jose store was because of the Palo Alto one burning down. But they're both closed now, and I'm left with the Williams-Sonoma or Draegers for my nifty kitchen gadgets and cookware (also known as expensive and even-more-expensive kitchen stores in my world).

I know that stores that don't have the clientele are going to close. But it's annoying that the stores I actually like and shop at are the ones doing the closing.