Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The lowdown on the hoedown at the markdown 

What with K-Mart and Sears merging, I think I'll shop at the mighty WalMart instead. John tells me it's a good place to pick up women, at least in Germany.

Going to Wal-mart to buy a few things, even if you end up throwing them in the garbage, might be cheaper than going to a dimly lit bar. Also, shopping for a date this way might involve some interesting signaling strategies as people send signals by the items they place in their carts, such as:

  • Look at me. I buy lots of neat things and can provide for you.
  • I'm a very clean person, and I know how to do housework.
  • I like to look good for my partner, and I save money doing so by shopping at Wal-mart.
  • I don't mind watching chick/guy flicks.
I'm not in need of female companionship, but it's important to file these things away. It's also good to file away observations like "economists think funny," and "economists are so cheap they'd rather buy Swiffers at WalMart than a martini at the bar to meet members of the opposite sex." (or the same sex, not that there's anything wrong with that...)