In conjunction with our trip to the salon yesterday afternoon for my hair cut, Jeff and I indulged in an evening of shopping downtown. We arrived in town early, so decided we’d go to Borders beforehand. On the way to Borders from where we parked, we passed by the Gap. Jeff suggested, and I concurred–since I’ve told him in the past that I’m not much of a fan of the Gap–that he would go later, while I was at my appointment.
When we left Borders and walked to the Grooming Lounge, I told Jeff that he could go on and I’d call him on the mobile when I was finished. He said that he’d come in for a bit first. I think he really just wanted his complimentary espresso. As we sat waiting for my appointment, though, I told him that if he waited for me there, I would go with him to the Gap afterwards. He did, and I did.
And now I have to publicly retract the negative things I’ve thought or said about that chain. We arrived to find they were having a terrific winter sale (some prices in the store were lower even than the ones on the online sales site). By the time we left, probably an hour later, I’d found a number of things I liked and ended up outspending Jeff by about $10. I bought two pair of khakis (one black and one “air force gray”), two nice long wool scarves (here’s one, in “cloud” and “sunshine”), two cute wool and wool-cotton knit winter caps (which I now tend to call, perhaps incorrectly, “toques.” As a kid, we called them “toboggans,” but in college I was told that this must be either a regionalism or a familyism, since a toboggan is only a sled. Yet now I see “toboggan hat” used on a number of Internet shopping sites, at least for the wool hats with pom-pons on the end. So, what do you call the wool close-fitting caps worn in winter, like the one in the picture?), two pair of funky striped socks, two pair of nice boxer briefs in olive and charcoal, and two heavy wool baseball caps in heather gray and olive.
Ok, there is one thing for which I’m still not too happy with the Gap. While I was originally drafting this entry, I logged onto gap.com to see what they called those wool caps (only to find out now that they call them simply “caps” and “hats”) and that new browser window froze when I clicked on the Gap’s Winter Sale link. I moved back to the first browser window and quickly copied the text I’d put in the field for this entry–just in case. A moment later I was feeling self-congratulatory, because the browser crashed. I opened a new blog entry screen and hit Ctrl-V. Nada. Somehow, though, even though I’d copied the text, it was gone anyway when the Gap page crashed the browser. So I had to recreate this entry, which was obviously much better the first time.