Glancing through a catalog this morning, prompted the feeling that I am very ‘old and decrepit’.  I’ll admit that the “wim & wigger and witality;” of youth has long since abandoned my frame; but the possibility that;  “I am on the downhill slope of an exciting life hit me like a ton of bricks.”

What grasped my attention was the goods advertised in the catalog.  I could not help but compare these prices with the cost in general, of everyday, ‘run-of-the-mill,’ clothing that I usually purchase in my neighborhood shops.  “Higher; plus S & H.”

I’m sorry, but I cannot bring myself to pay $36.00 to $55.00 for an average shirt or $89.50 for a pair of trousers. And, oh-my-gosh’, there was even a pair of “Flip-Flops listed for $38.00”.

Call me an “Old Fogy,” if you must: but I vividly remember selling shirts for $1.89, trousers for $4.95, and shoes for $6.95, while working part-time, in a local Department Store as a teenager. It’s important to note that this was quality, brand name, merchandise and not seconds.

I can even remember buying suits for $35.00 after my Lovely Roommate and I were married.  Thank goodness for today’s Discount Stores and Warehouse Clubs.  Without them:I would be required to “Go downtown with those two nice Policemen”, due to improper attire.

Another draw-back of catalog shopping is the fact that the, small, medium, & large, sizes mean nothing, when attempting to fit them on an ‘out of shape, bulging body’, that is hovering on the far side of Medicare.

The cost of returning the merchandise that does not fit:  Or is of poor quality or costlier; than the catalog displays; and that we can buy the same item for, atUncle Sam’s Bottom Dollar.”

It is obvious that I will continue to garner stares and snickers when I appear in public wearing an entire wardrobe that cost less than the Flip-Flops in the catalog. “Granted:”  You will quickly realize that  this is the least of my worries; since, everyone is aware that a ‘pleasing personality’ is far more important than ‘good looks’.  Therefore; it is very obvious that I possess; “Both of those characteristics”.  

“I rest  my  case.”  Jay Henry