Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Well, holiday shopping is no different. Here are some ways to keep the mind and body occupied at all times:
• Play "Celebrity Look-Alikes" in your head. When I see someone I think looks like a celebrity, I announce him or her. (In my head, not out loud. I don't want to look crazy.) So if I see a man in his 40s with a clean--shaven head and glasses, I'd think to myself, "Ladies and gentlemen, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is joining us at the mall today."
Try it before you knock it.
• Scope out the cash registers. This is practical, and keeps you active. If you go into a big store where there isn't one clear cash--out area, like Sears or JCPenney, scope out all the cash registers before you buy. There is always one hidden behind the men's hosiery or some other out--of--the--way section. Once you have gathered your items, head straight for that register, and it will probably not be as crowded as the others.
• Try out stuff you don't need. While most people will be looking for gifts on a list, you can keep yourself loose by trying one of those massage chairs they always have at the mall. Or wrap yourself in one of those blankets with arms -- because nobody will notice you among the crowds, and you would never do something like that if you weren't being forced to be at the mall all day.
• Best yet, if you're at the Maine Mall, ride the carousel. Just to remind yourself what the holidays are supposed to be about -- joy.
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