As evidenced by my tone towards the end of the comments here, I was getting a mite testy at work yesterday. One of my coworkers, lor' bless him, noticed the vein bouncing in my forehead and said "Hey, I'm staying late anyway, why don't you go ahead and split early; I'll close for you tonight." So I completed the one or two things immediately on my plate and trudged outside to... light? It's still light outside? How can this be? I'm leaving the store on a weekday and it was still light outside... It felt disorientingly like playing hooky.
I motored over to the new Pinnacle complex over at Turkey Creek to scope out a tip on the World Market from a friend. It's a funky upscale strip mall in which they've taken the strip and wrapped it back around on itself so that it encloses the parking lot. It feels like driving into some gated community meets High Temple of Commerce. Mostly upscale stores and restaurants. With the top down on the Beemer, you could hear the upscale Muzak wafting through the air. I found World Market and... Nirvana! Imported chocolate! Imported beer! Snob food! Spices! Knicknacks! Tchotchkes! Beads! Trinkets! All kinds of imported stuff!
I only had time for a fast reconnaisance run, because I was trying to indulge in a fantasy of sitting on my porch, book in hand, while the sky was still light enough to read it, but I'll definitely be back.