Sunday, March 8, 2009

Channeling my Betsy Ross...

I was going to talk today about our shopping experience in Dubai, the shopping mecca of the Middle East. I've decided instead to talk about my shopping experience today, here in America.

I came home last week to find that my American flag had tattered. One should never fly a tattered flag, so off I went to get a new one. The first store I came to was Target. After searching fruitlessly for a time, I asked one of the helpful gals in red. She tells me they don't carry flags, except around the Fourth of July. Really? Is Target only patriotic around the Fourth of July? It's no wonder there are rumors about being owned by the French! sheesh.

I walked next door to Office Depot. Offices fly the American flag, right? They have everything one would need to open an office. Apparently, except for the American flag. They sell coffee makers, leather chairs, computers and desks. No flags. The very snarky helpful lady told me Office Max wouldn't have flags, either.

For crying out loud?! Where does one have to go to get an American flag? AMERICA - people!!

I mean really! This house has an American flag:

This house has an American flag:

This is the Governor Rick Perry's house (before it caught on fire).

And even this guy has a flag for his house!

I'm asking myself what the big deal is? Would retailers really take a loss to stock just a few of these symbols of American pride? Is it too much to ask to go to a store, here in America, and be able to purchase, stimulate the economy, if you will, an AMERICAN flag?? I'm baffled, people.

Thank goodness for American What did people do before the internet?? They went to their local store and purchased one from a friendly salesperson and were told to have a nice day. Or they did this.

1 comment:

  1. OH! OH! OH!

    I'm like, your very first, non-family commenter! How did I get so lucky! Where do I start!!!! I found you via katydidnot. I came to look because, hello, Austin. Sadly, I know little of Austin other than having been a follower of the yellow band guy LONG before he thought of inventing yellow bands. Oh, and the food. Yeah, that would be the other reason for Austin. OK, so on to an actual comment . .

    I'm not surprised you can not find an American Flag. It's sad to see, sad to think about, but worse to come to realize we can not find a flag in our local little world. I think the difference you see, is that long before the internet, local mom n' pop stores carried these. Heck, they even displayed them in front of their stores. Other than perhaps on the sleeve of the security guy at Target, I've never seen one in front of Target, WalMart, Office Depot, Home Depot, OfficeMax, or any other depot, max, or any other mega barn we all seem to be driven to these days.

    Sadly, I think most of us have no idea where to buy a flag until you find you need a flag. How did we not realize we were so unpatriotic as to not know where to find a flag. I'm sure our grandparents knew exactly where to get a flag! The dillution is in process, and we hardly even know it! Thank you for pointing it out. Thank you for buying a flag.


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