Does it seem to you that even MORE retail stores are going out of business than ever before?
Of course, there’s all the mall closings, which we know about: Sears, Penney’s, Macy’s going down like dinosaurs in a meteor crash. But now the trend seems to be reaching smaller specialty stores.
Drove over to the Tuesday Morning store about two miles from here and discovered, LO! An empty space where the shop used to be.
That’s too bad, because it was a cool little store. I think they consign things that don’t sell in a timely manner at larger retailers, so there’s a lot of nifty housewares in there, bedding, and even nice area rugs. Well….there was a lot.
I’d gone over there to try to buy a wall clock and a couple of pillows. My faithful old battery-run clock, the one that’s run for a good 20 years or more, fell off the garage wall and broke. Meanwhile, two very cheap pillows were needed for a little DIY project that’s under way.
The recent junket to the vet’s office through 110-degree heat reminded me that the damn Venza was NOT designed for dogs. Holy sh!t, what was I thinking when I bought that thing?
You can fold the back row of seats down, all right. Though they don’t lie flat(!), it’s good enough for government work. I guess. BUT…the result is a big gap behind the front seat, where the stupid back seats don’t fold flush against the front seats. The back seats do not scoot forward, so you can’t adjust them to close up the space. If I have to stop short with a dog in the back, the dog is going to fly forward and tumble into one of those holes. If the car is going very fast, the dog is going to get hurt; even below freeway speeds, enough momentum will break legs and sprain backs and break teeth.
With the seat backs up, the only remotely safe way to carry the dogs without wrestling them into cages, there’s no freaking air conditioning in the space the dogs have to occupy. Can you believe it? There’s only one tiny AC vent for back passengers!
How could I not have noticed that when I was test-driving it? How? Because I imagined Toyota’s designers have common sense. That seems to be something they took leave of sometime after they built the 2000 Sienna, which had four back AC vents. Stupidly, I imagined they would run AC vents at ceiling level for the Venza’s backseat passengers. WTF?
So the dogs cook when I have to drive them someplace in the summertime. The only way to protect them from the risk of overheating is to expose them to the risk of broken bones. Or worse.
M’hijito came up with an idea: Stuff pillows down into the hole. Excellent!
Conveniently, the two cheap pillows I’d bought at Tuesday Morning were wretchedly uncomfortable to sleep on, so I’d stashed them away. In that stash, too, were three very old and grungy pillows that could also be sacrificed for this project.
These worked to fill the space between the back and front seats, but they still left enough of a drop that a dog might get hurt or stuck if she fell in there. So I needed two more cheap uncomfortable pillows. Where better to get them than Tuesday Morning, source of the original cheap uncomfortable pillows?
So I was kinda shocked and annoyed to find the place GONE. Only alternatives — a Bed Bath & Beyond at the Colonnade and a Target way to hell and gone down by the Costco — are further away than I feel like driving in today’s heat. So what does that leave?