Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Married.With Closet Organizer, Stepladder and Drill

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Married.With Closet Organizer, Stepladder and Drill

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George B. was in line to return a dimmer switch at a West County Builders Square, when a woman butted ahead of him at the courtesy counter.

This was not courteous, but George was not surprised.

The woman was a twenty-something yuppie. "She was tan, fit, with long blond hair tied back in a Vic Tanny ponytail, athletic shorts over bicycle shorts, sleeveless shirt over an athletic bra." And an overall attitude that only losers wait in line. George was surprised when she said this: "Excuse me, can I have the Bridal Registry list for the Figby-Formant wedding?" "The clerk turned to a big, three-ring binder marked Bridal Registry, looked up a page and Xeroxed it for the woman." George was stunned. "Come on. This is West County. Okay, maybe the so uthern portion of West County. But this young woman had just asked for a Bridal Registry list from Builders Square. "I said to the clerk, `Excuse me, did that young woman ask for a Bridal Registry?' " Now the clerk looked surprised a at George's ignorance. "Oh, yes," she said. "It's a big thing here. People getting married today want closet organizers, lighting fixtures and lawn mowers instead of fine china and silver they hardly ever use." George felt out of it. When he and his wife married 21 years ago, they received dozens of useless gifts. George believed this was good. It spurred the couple to succeed. They worked hard to buy a big house with enough closets to store all the gifts they never use. "We have a big cabinet of useless wedding presents, bowls, platters and silver. I haven't used the silver chafing dish in fifteen years." Of course not. You can't put silver in the dishwasher. I bet there's a fondue pot in that cabinet, too. "There is. And a crepe maker, two electric fry pans, and a big blue enamel turkey roasting pan. …

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