You Can Take Your DIY Store

Coming off a lovely evening with my friend Rachel at the Hollywood Bowl for The Sound of Music last night, I thought I might write about "a few of my favorite things." But it's Monday after all, so screw that. Instead, I'd like to mention something that I detest. Even as wholly un-American as it may make me sound. I hate DIY stores.

It's the large hardware stores that drive me insane. First, when I step through the door, the smell floors me. Whether it's Home Depot or Lowe's or whatever-other-awful-store, there is a pungent odor (which varies department to department) that I can not handle. I do have a hypersensitive sense of smell, so this may bother me more than the average person.

Besides the olfactory assault I feel in the local DIY shop, I'm not very fond of how filthy they are. I always feel dirty after shopping there. I don't mind so much if I'm having a slacker type of day, but stopping in after showering in preparation for going out later is no fun.

What gets me even more is that I don't like DIY as a concept when it comes to home repair or beautification. Don't get me wrong. I'm not 100% against the entire DIY ethic, or I wouldn't have just self-published a book. However, I do not enjoy fixing up my house, which should be quite obvious if you ever see it, or gardening. I've attempting the gardening thing and really like the idea of it, but...maybe I'm just too damn lazy and that's the problem.

This post totally makes me sound like an autistic person with OCD. I don't have autism and am only slightly obsessive-compulsive.


SJ said...

Do Americans do it themselves?

Anonymous said...

I can't stand those places either...very cold in a sense, unclean and so forth..Of course Chad loves them lol

K. Marie said...

Nah, if you were autistic/OCD you'd be standing in the electronics section sorting the little bins of sockets, not wimpering in the corner about your nausea and the scent that won't come out of your hair.

Brenda Griffith said...

Loved Vera, finally went and looked at the Flickr site. Got so incensed at the comment by interfud that I reported him (yes, I'm sexist) for abuse and asked for his flickr account to be suspended. Personal tirade: cannot tolerate... things who post stupid profanity on blogs, photo sites, etc. Want to cull them all. No, I am not a psycho bitch, I am just a bit, stressed.

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