The droves of Christmas shoppers scurrying through the stores at holiday time are a interesting sight to see — entire families packed into their Audi wagons head to the city where shopping is supreme. It almost jogs my memory of the cartoon The Jetsons, where well dressed, high-brow people often become manic if their ‘shopping mind’ takes over. I can not say I do not find it irresistible, the holidays. It brings all sorts of recent sights and sounds. And there’s order; the Chaos theory suggests there is no real lack of ‘order.’ ‘Chaos’ actually applies to specific laws, mainly the laws of ‘shopping’ in this case. I know Edward Lore didn’t have shopping in mind when he discovered chaos theory, but the fact that it follows the 2 main components of the theory, I figure, makes it fit.
1. Chaos is actual order underneath, hmm…so every shopper has an agenda or is within the mall for a reason. 2. Simple and small behaviors or events could cause large complex behaviors or events … hmmm … well that could be the butterfly effect … if a shopper shops in San Francisco, the effect is Christmas shopping in India? Okay, do not laugh, there’s truth to that. I was in India two years ago during Christmas time and there have been Santas and reindeer where there shouldn’t be. It was so surreal; here I am in the course of Bombay, slums to my left, Santas to my right. Odd? I think so.
On a detour from my gym, which is located right in the center of the shopping mess, I decided to take a bit of stroll to see just how busy the stores were. Understanding I’d get caught between motivated serious shoppers at times, I decided my detour to my car was worth it, if to not gauge how serious shoppers were, at the least a mental picture of ‘the holiday shopper.’ I used to be clearly at a loss to navigate without proper assistance, maybe I could grab that brand dressed group of women, bright lipstick, tight jeans, big hair … ummm … no they probably weren’t city folk and didn’t know ‘the real’ deals. I walked by an unctuous gum-pusher, free hits of Wrigleys’ new gum, goo in the middle. Yum? Could she help me, she looked hip enough, like she knew something, so I asked. “Where should I’m going for the ‘real’ deals? Have you done any shopping around here?’ I said with a smile. Bingo, she pointed me to Ferragamo, who is coincidentally having a huge sale for Christmas. OMG, am I getting sucked into the ‘shopping mind’ created by greasy car salesmen types who appropriate my desire to own. I’m sure I need that $3,000 purse that is product of pony and just went on sale to a cool $2,000. Oh don’t judge, you love ponies too.