Watching the Panic


With my shopping done, and, in fact, most of the gifts already opened by my family and loved ones, my mission to find the last stocking stuffer was a pretty simple one. My mother loves Japanese Milky candies and the only place to get them is at T&T, the Asian grocery store which has a branch not too far from my house.

As I said, I had a clear game plan, but I think I was the only one. I made only two stops, and the second was mainly out of curiosity.  What I witnessed was a frenzied buying spectacle.  Clearly some last minute shoppers were desperately searching for gifts and their behaviour evoked scenes from several zombie apocalypse films I have seen.  There was no plan and they were just hoping to stumble upon a gift that they hadn’t already stumbled upon in the days and weeks leading up to this.  The panic in their eyes was unmistakable.

I know I shouldn’t mock too hard as I have been one of them and this year’s early completion is a fluke, or perhaps having learned my lesson years before, I no longer wanted to be part of the crowd desperately looking for something on the 24th of December.

After tiring of the spectacle, I decided to go and have a chicken Shawarma at a Pita place. I think I made the right choice.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Watching the Panic

  1. Best place to be, warm, inside, good food and entertainment through the window. 🙂

  2. Jinjer says:

    Oh man..I have been in both of those situations myself. The last minute panic-crazed shopper and the all items ticked off my list person watching smugly. LOL So much better to be the one sitting there thinking “SO glad that’s not me this year.”

    That sandwich looks amazing!!!! Wow!

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Hunida says:

    Mm, mm still need to try one of those shawarmas– looks so tasty! I’ve never been one panicking at the last minute becausethen everything is picked over, glad you weren’t this year, either. 😊

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