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Monday, January 22, 2007

Shopping Spree

Written by Kodi Wolf at 4:40 PM

Yesterday, I went on a shopping spree with my wife, Corene. It wasn't really planned. I just wanted to try on some clothes and see if dress pants might be a good new style for me, since they look nice and are kind of upscale, but cost half as much as a pair of Levi's jeans, which is my usual attire. I was also wanting a few nice dress shirts for when Corene and I have romantic dinners with our new china we got over the holidays.

Anyway, I found the dress pants (plain/flat fronts; the pleated ones made me look fat), and I figured out the best waist size and length (34/30). I really liked them, and they were only $10, so I didn't feel too bad about spending the money, even though we're kind of on a budget in order to save up for a vacation with my family this summer, among other things.

Then I saw a nice dress shirt in a deep red, which is one of my favorite colors and it had been marked down to $11, so that ended up in the cart. Then I saw some cargo pants. Tried those on, they fit and were only $11, so I grabbed a tan pair and a dark green pair. Corene liked them so much, she got a tan pair for herself. Corene also talked me into getting a long-sleeve plum-colored corduroy button-up shirt, which was only $10, and then got a dark taupe one for herself.

By this time, Corene was ready to go, so we went off to finish the rest of our shopping, but on the way back towards the cash registers, I saw some cool sueded dress shirts in neat patterns in dark purple, dark navy, burgundy, black, and tan that had been marked down. I just had to try them on, so off to the fitting rooms we went again. Since I already had chosen a red dress shirt, and I had a black silk one at home, I decided on just the purple ($7) and blue ($10). Of course, while I was messing with the dress shirts, Corene was at the next kiosk over finding a new winter jacket for herself, since she'd been needing one for a while. It was only $29, which was a hell of a deal for the kind of jacket (down-filled lining, two layers that zip apart to wear the bits separately or together), and she'd only gotten the pants and shirt so far, so I figured what the hell.

Then I saw some suit jackets and tried them on. I figured out I'm somewhere in between a 38 and 40 short. The glazed look on Corene's face when she saw me in it almost made me get it, but it was $60 and it really was a frivolous buy, so I left it on the rack. However, Corene now says she wants to take me to a real suit store and get me one.

The total damage came to just under $130 with tax. Not bad for 4 pairs of pants, 5 shirts, and a winter jacket.

Anyway, before all that, I did actually work on the site and came up with a few more Mambo tips.

  • To add a menu to a page, go to Site Modules, choose the menu (sub-tip: menus are Type mod_mainmenu, in case I want to create more by copying a current menu), then choose the page I want to have it appear on by selecting the page in the box on the right side of the page.

  • To add an item to a menu, if I'm in a Content, Category, or Section Item, I can use the Link to Menu box on the right side of the page, or I can go directly to the menu and add the item by going through the New steps.