Call me Jason

I’m not generally a great fan of Argos: I know it’s common practice nowadays especially with internet shopping but the idea of looking at stuff in a catalogue and filling in a form and going to the counter and having the stuff magically appear a few minutes later down a conveyor belt seems to me slightly dislocated experience; somewhere between a self-checkout and ‘The Generation Game’ but much less fun than either.  If I’m shopping for stuff I like to look at the stuff.  I like to pick it up and feel the width, the heft of it in my hand; I like to read the instructions and see if it really is what I want.  Yes, I know that all this information is there if you look for it – but that’s the thing; it’s information in the abstract, not experience in the concrete.  I can read about a strimmer weighing 2.2 kg but unless I pick it up in my hot and sticky hand I don’t know if it’s going to work for me.

But one mustn’t look a gift card in the mouth; and when a voucher for Argos comes your way, to Argos we will go – or at least to the website – to see what we can buy.  And so far I’ve purchased a push-along mower (slightly better than the electric on our lumpy lawn) a water-butt (terrific: I’ve wanted one for ages) and now a lawn edging implement and a permanent mug (or whatever those things are called that you’re supposed to use for drinks in order to avoid plastic.)  My thinking is that if I neaten the edges of the lawn it’ll be easier to maintain.  We’ll see.  The only things I’m lacking in order to make my gardening experience complete are a good hoe and a decent pair of wellies (and none of your pink flowery monstrosities, thank you very much: retailers seem to think that only men wear green wellies as they start at size seven.  Grrr.)

I am determined to cut down drastically on plastic, especially single-use plastic: I will reuse wherever possible and find alternatives whenever I can.

And that’s Tuesday.

Kirk out

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2 thoughts on “Call me Jason

  1. I too have been looking at lumpy lawn tools from Argos 😀 I’ve grown bored of doing my little lawn by hand with sheers and think perhaps an electric strimmer will do. I miss the Argos Catalogue days; as kids we would insist on having a catalogue each as soon and the latest one was out so we could decide what xmas presents we wanted or how we wanted our future homes to look like (come to think of it I don’t have any furniture from Argos…) Now I like being able to look up what I want online, compare, and check availability, and then just arrive at the counter with an item number… but no, not for things that you need to scrutinise in the flesh first… although people do: you can order it, they bring it down on the conveyor belt, and you can inspect, accept or reject, it seems like a bit of a faff though. I’ve been considering a water-butt too.

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