The Richmond Register

Viewpoints

December 7, 2012

The joys of online Christmas shopping

Points East

PAINT LICK — I’m sure that I have done stories similar to this one over the 33 years that I’ve been writing my Points East column, so bear with me.

I’m in a rather affable Christmas mood, just now, and I have decided that this is one of the years that I’m really going to enjoy the season instead of emulating Mr. Scrooge.  Part of the reason for my current, amiable state of mind has to do with the fact that I have all my shopping done and paid for without ever having left the house.  

I’ve done it all online. And yes, you can and should buy local stuff on the Internet.

For instance, my good friend and  hunting/fishing buddy, ever since we ran together at Letcher High 45 years ago, Terry Fields, owns Top Drawer Gallery in Berea, which I consider the best, top-quality, authentic, central Appalachian handcrafts outlet under one roof in the region. You may find more stuff at some other places, but you will seldom find better.

 Visit the website, www.topdrawergallery.com. Browse around, hit the contact-us button, then talk to Jerilu (Terry’s wife, and oh so much prettier than the male species of the family).

Jerilu will tell you how to have it sent to your door or to your daughter in Texas in plenty time for Christmas, and she’ll also tell you about hundreds of other  items not shown on the site.   

The point is, you ought to try an Internet search on any retail outlet in your community or any other place, for that matter.

A good place to start would be the chamber of commerce or retail stores in name that town.

Be prepared to be amazed.

On line shopping is doubly attractive to me.

In the first place, I absolutely hate standing in line, elbowing my way through crowded aisles, never being able to find someone to tell me where something is, body odor and forgetting where I parked.

Invariably, if I am in a long line and finally get up almost to the front, an argument will start between a customer and the check-out clerk over whether a  pair of pantyhose is $3.29 or $3.49, and this can go on for like five minutes before the clerk says she’s gonna have to call a manager.

I have, on more than one occasion, tossed a dollar to the clerk and told her to let me pay the difference if she will just get this lady out of the way so that I can check out before the end of the decade. It works.

Of course the second reason I find online shopping so appealing has to do with the physical limitations that Mr. Parkinson and a stroke have laid on me.

I couldn’t fight store traffic now if I wanted to. But, I can still wobble to the door when the UPS lady or the mailman honk to get my attention to take delivery of my online purchases.  

What could be simpler and more expedient than that?

I suppose the drivers could come in, help me open the packages, inspect the goods and take back anything that was damaged. But so far, everything I’ve ordered has been in perfect condition and I’ve made roughly 25 purchases.

Poor Loretta has made just one online purchase, and it has been a total disaster.   

She ordered a big name-brand, state-of-the-art, computerized, slow-cooker from one of the oldest and best known retailers in the world and put it on her credit card.  

Two days later she met the UPS lady at the door. The package was addressed to her. It was from Sears, but Lo took one glance and knew it couldn’t possibly be the item she had ordered. It was way too small. The UPS lady said she could send it back, and that’s what she did.

But here’s betting that this incident will not be satisfactorily resolved until well after Christmas.

And here’s knowing that my sweet wife will be driving many, many miles and standing in line for many, many hours over the next three weeks.

Not me. I’ll be at home curled up with a good book because I’ve already done all my shopping and never once lost my temper.

Text Only
Viewpoints
  • 06.29 CrystalFarewell.jpg Starting over at Head Start

    All I ever wanted to be was a journalist. Having worked on my high school and college newspapers, I knew it was the career for me.
    I love talking to people, listening to their stories, being creative every day and experiencing new things. But as you know, news happens outside the hours of 9 to 5, and my job here at the Register rarely stayed within that time frame.

    June 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ike Adams They don’t make strawberries as they did back in the old days

    I’m not inclined to go through my archives at the moment, but it almost feels like the column I’m about to write has almost become an annual thing over the years.
    At least I know for sure that that this is not the first time that memories of picking strawberries there on Blair Branch on hot days in June has triggered this keyboard about this time of year.
    I grew up on a little subsistence, hillside farm deep in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, among the coalfields near the Virginia line.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ike Adams Baby boomers have let technology rob their grandchildren of the joys of youth

    When I was growing up, it was not uncommon to see fathers and sons along creek banks fishing together or in the woods hunting squirrels or pitching horse shoes or even shooting marbles late in the afternoon in the cool hours before dark.
    Dads were teaching kids to play the games they grew up with. Little girls, learned from mothers,how to skip rope, play with jacks or play hopscotch.

    June 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronnie-Ellis.jpg No Lincoln or Douglas in this debate

    Remember the famous slap-down in the 1988 vice presidential debate when Republican Dan Quayle compared his youth and limited government experience to those of John Kennedy’s when Kennedy ran for president?
    His Democratic opponent, Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, acidly replied: “I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

    June 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronnie-Ellis.jpg Senate campaign already in full bloom

    Any hope for a respite in the U.S. Senate campaign following Tuesday’s primary disappeared immediately.
    Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes came out swinging in victory speeches which sounded like campaign kickoffs.
    McConnell commended Matt Bevin on “a tough (primary) race” and appealed to Bevin supporters to unite behind his re-election bid. That will be hard for Bevin and those who backed him.

    May 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Waters.JPG ‘Taxpayer-eaters’ meet ‘self-serving politician-eaters’

    What some candidates could gain in this year’s election – beyond just winning office – is a stark reminder of how wrong political leaders were when declaring last year they had adequately addressed Kentucky’s public-pension crisis.
    Instead, legislators with serious courage deficiencies failed to agree on reforms beyond what they believe are “politically feasible.”

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ike Adams Step Out, Step up for Diabetes Association

    Six weeks ago when I wrote here announcing the 2014 Edition of Team TKO’s American Diabetes Association, Step Out Walk Team, several dozen of you readers sent generous donations to sponsor grandson Tyler Kane Ochs (TKO) and me in the walk that takes place, rain or shine, in the mud or not, at Keeneland on the morning of May 31.
    Another several dozen of you either called, emailed or dropped a card in regular mail and asked that I remind you again “after the holidays” (Easter and Mother’s Day).

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ronnie-Ellis.jpg Hitting the campaign trail

    The most watched race in the country ? the battle for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Mitch McConnell ? has so far produced a bevy of charges and not much substance.
    We haven’t seen that much of McConnell or his likely Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes out on the campaign trail.
    McConnell’s primary opponent Matt Bevin has been much more active and visible, but his performance hasn’t enhanced his chances.

    May 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • The case of the scary black cat

    If Margie didn’t believe that black cats were the harbinger of bad luck, she certainly believed it when a black cat brushed against her leg while she was leaning over a large trash can burning garbage one late afternoon.
    Startled by the sudden appearance of the feline, Margie opened her mouth wide and let out a blood-curdling scream that could have awakened Count Dracula himself.

    May 10, 2014

  • Ike Adams Basking in the spring sunshine

    If you had asked me, as recently as two weeks ago, to make a list of things I expected to see on the first Monday in May of 2014, two of the things that I actually did see would not have been on the list, even if you’d required that it contain at least 500 items.
    I’d have been a bit skeptical about Ralph’s purple asparagus and his gorgeous snowball bush, both of which came through most admirably. And I would have had my doubts about the poppies that have been in our back yard for several generations and the bearded German Iris that Jeanette Todd gave us more than two decades ago. It faithfully stuns us there at the corner of the front porch every spring, but there they were, basking in absolute glory as the sun set Monday afternoon.

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results