Nothing like small-town shopping

Chief Concerns


Scott Burroughs is chief of the Port Aransas Police Department.

Scott Burroughs is chief of the Port Aransas Police Department.

Can you believe that it is only four days until Christmas? Most of you who follow this column know that I am a world-class procrastinator. Putting off the inevitable is just one of my many faults; but I know that I work better under pressure, even if it is self-imposed. So, for the first 60 or so years of my life I put off Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve or maybe the 23rd of December if I felt particularly motivated.

I would prepare myself to go face the hordes of last-minute shoppers as I got ready to begin my annual shopping quest. I wondered what direction fate would lead as I searched the almost empty shelves for the perfect gifts for my trophy wife. I found comfort knowing that my journey would lead to the tool department in at least one or two big box stores, even though I knew in my heart of hearts that she probably didn’t want another cordless drill.

I suspect that many of you share the procrastination gene. After all, the fact that you are reading this column means that you probably choose to live at least part of your life on “Island Time.”

But this year was different. My spousal unit has been out of town helping my island daughter babysit our 17-month-old granddaughter while mom recovered from major surgery. So, when the day after Thanksgiving rolled around, instead of spending the holiday with my bride, I decided to go to the office. After all, I have to keep her in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed. As I was driving past one of her favorite boutiques (she has about 10 here in town) I thought I would stop in and see what all the hoopla was about this thing they call Black Friday.

I was very surprised to find I was the only customer in the store. I began snooping around until Gina walked out and said, “Good morning, are you looking for something in particular?” I told her I was on a quest to find something for my trophy wife, and she said, “Oh yeah, she is in here all the time, I know exactly what she likes.”

For the next 45 minutes I had my own personal shopper as we walked from room to room, rack to rack, shelf to shelf. Even though there were no power tools, the place was overflowing with perfect Christmas gifts. When she finished ringing up my purchases, she told me that they had a special sale and discounted the merchandise by 35 percent.

“Wow,” I said, “what a great deal,” and she even offered to gift wrap the presents for me. I told her that I was surprised that with such great service that they were not overrun. She laughed out loud and told me, “Well, we don’t actually open for another two hours, but I unlocked early in case any of my regulars showed up.”

I love living in a small town.

From all of the men and women of the Port Aransas Police Department ,we hope that your holidays are full of surprises and we wish you and your families a very merry Christmas.

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