i don't want to do it today.
i don't want to do anything today.
well i wouldn't mind going shopping but i can't spend any more money.
but here is a shopping update: sunday's expedition in search of the perfect watch was successful! first i went into nordstrom where they were having their half-yearly sale but the swiss army watch i fell in love with was sadly not a part of this sale and about twice as much as i wanted to spend.
so i went on to macy's but stopped at the watchstation and urban outfitters on the way. the watchstation had a different kind of swiss army watch that i didn't like quite as much. they had a very small selection of watches for a store with "watch" in the name; far too much of the floorspace was devoted to being a "sunglasshut."
urban outfitters had no watches but i always go in there looking for pants and shirts so i went in but did not feel compelled to buy anything. there were some ridiculously expensive levis that i found mildly attractive. really it costs way too much to be on the cutting edge of denim fashion.
and what is it with denim anyway? downstairs at macy's, in the young men's department (ok so i'm not that young. do you really think i'm going to start wearing dockers now?), the choices are pretty much blue denim jeans or khaki cargo pants. can't anyone think of anything else to design? take the gray ultra light polyester and cotton caterpillar pants i have on now for instance. i could own a hundred pairs of these but have never seen them since that one lucky day i stumbled upon them at urban outfitters and decided to take a chance on something that was not black.
well so you might have guessed that i didn't find any clothes at macy's. i did ponder getting a pair of black 501s because they were on sale and are the only button fly black jeans available that i know of. silvertabs used to be button fly and that's one reason i became so loyal to them but then they switched to the zipper for reasons unknown. probably a marketing decision based on abstruse demographics.
but macy's is still my favorite men's store if only for sheer volume: four floors of nothing but men's clothing. men's watches however are kept across the street back behind ladies' jewelry and cosmetics so i joined a few worried looking men trying to find our way through the lancome reps.
finally made it to the watch counter which is actually about six counters and hundreds of watches and thought to myself why didn't i just start here. they don't sell swiss army watches though and for some reason the silver link bracelet style seems to be taking the watch world by storm and here i wanted cloth or leather. i was despairing of finding anything else i liked and wondering if i could find that swiss army watch on ebay when i resignedly trod to the only counter i hadn't looked in yet and there was my watch. not the swiss army watch but another watch that was big and round with a black cloth band and black face. and it wasn't too expensive.
i bought it. it's a dkny so i feel really "with it."
and now i wonder if i have successfully wasted enough time that i can put off laundry for tomorrow.
 i realize that macy's is a bad citizen -- they threatened to leave san francisco if they weren't given certain preferential tax exemptions. but until someone takes up the slack in men's clothing i don't know where else i can go. old navy/gap/banana republic are the red meat of my shopping life: i go there once a year at most and feel guilty about it for months.