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So, yesterday, in honor of Dr. King (well, not exactly in honor of Dr. King, but I had a day off because it was Dr. King Day), I went to the mall.

     Those of you who know I am on an austerity budget, thanks to my husband, who pissed some retirement money away buying freaking WACHOVIA stock...dumbass...and my daughter (not her real name), who wants to go out of state to a very expensive private college, may be surprised that I am going to the mall.  Because honestly? Even if I have lots of money, I’m not crazy about the mall.  My ADHD kicks in and I go into sensory overload.  But I was on a mission.

     My teams.  All of them.  Winning.  And I needed an outfit.

    So, this is what I purchased:

** A Barack Obama tee shirt.  (Spencer’s gifts, on sale for $9.99)  Because we weren’t allowed to wear any items promoting one candidate or the other (or have any posters or even TALK about the candidates, which is patently ridiculous....they drew the line at bumper stickers, thank goodness, because I was NOT going to scrape that sucker off), I am willing to take that risk now. What can they do?  The man is now (or will be, today) President of the United States.  Go ahead.  Fire my ass.  I dare you.

** A Wake Forest University zip-up hoodie.  ($16.00 marked down from $24.99)  I actually attended Wake—I needed to take a semester of additional classes in order for my teaching license to transfer to North Carolina—so I guess that makes me a “walk-on alumni.”  And this week the basketball team is #1 in the AP poll.  The Deacs are 16-0, which is their best record yet.  And while I’m not a huge basketball fan, I will root, root, root for the home team.  (And it’s getting tiresome, being a Notre Dame fan.  Despite the fact that I married a Domer.)

** A terrible towel. (NOT on sale—$10.66—the Battle of Hastings.  Even though the guy behind the counter had no idea what I was talking about.  I guess I appear random to the general population.)  Because I went to college in Pittsburgh (undergrad) when they were the Super, Super, Super Steelers.  And I have the beer can to prove it.

So the plan was to wear my Obama tee shirt under the Wake sweatshirt and tie the Terrible Towel to my belt loop.  That way everybody can know that my teams are NUMBER ONE! And for a few days, I am not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.

And this morning, because we had a heavy frost, we have a snow day.  Figures.


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