Last minute shopping for Santa.
Conor’s family, bunkbeds check, dresser check, gardening book for dad and glitter otter box phone cover for mom, no problem! BMX bike for big brother and karaoke machine for sis, piece of cake. What’s left, let’s see, Conor wants a 1,329 piece Lego Millennium Falcon, featuring detachable cockpit, dual spring-loaded shooters and detailed interior, I saw one at the store last night no problem. Or so I thought! Let the games begin, I’ll pick it up from one of the stores while out shopping today, 6 stores later nope, “Sorry sold our last two yesterday!”, “I thought we had one but I guess we sold it!” Store after store same answer “just sold the last one !” Several times I called a store and was told they have it only to arrive to find they were holding the Death Star or an Xwing Fighter for me, really Death Star really, Xwing Fighter Really.
I know I’ll, call the Lego stores surely they have them, their answer, “Your’re kidding right, it’s two weeks before Christmas only an idiot would wait until now! But not to worry we can order one for you and have it here January 30th of next year”. Reluctantly, I called to tell the Kaiser staff Santa may not be able to come through on this wish, but lo and behold one the Kaiser doctor’s, dentists, friends, cousin bought two of them in Elk Grove this morning and there were several still ……
I never finished the conversation, I hung up and called the store, the phone rang and rang and rang (15 rings later) until finally a voice came on the line, “What department?”, Toys, I blurted out without allowing him to finish, “Hold please.” One hour later (actually a few minutes that just seemed like an hour) the same voice comes on and says, “What department?” I calmly explain my situation and plead for him to just check on the Milleneum Falcon, his answer, “hold please!” after several more “What department, hold please, it happened, an angelic, happy female voice comes on the phone and says, “women’s department, how can I help you? “, fighting back emotion I explain my predicament and plead with her to check to see if they have the 1,329 piece Lego Millennium Falcon featuring detachable cockpit, dual spring-loaded shooters and detailed interior, she happily replied I’ll be right back! Seconds turned into minutes, minutes turned into hours, hours turned into (it was only a minute or two but again it seemed like an eternity). “Yes, we have a couple of them, would you like me to hold one for you? Yes, I replied as I grabbed the keys to my sleigh, she told me they can only hold it for one hour. No problem I can make it 56 minutes. I slid into a parking slot and was out of the car in a flash and running to the front door, I sidestep a rogue cart rolling through the parking lot and then lunged around a woman who stopped right in front of the front doors. l made my way through the crowd and arrived in the women’s department. I didn’t see any boxes or bags anywhere near the counter but there was an elderly woman standing there smiling who asked if she could help me. I told her I was here for the 1,329 piece Lego Millennium Falcon, with a smile on her face she replied as she was giving me the box, “featuring a detachable cockpit, dual spring-loaded shooters and detailed interior? Anything for you Santa.” I paid for it. went outside. put the box in my sleigh and off I went on my merry way.