Make My Day
SHOPPING DAYCARE FOR GUYS
by Erik Deckers
American Reporter Humor Writer
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- You know, sometimes you just have to envy England. Not only are they famous for their warm, sunny climate - oh wait, sorry... Not only are they renowned for their superb gourmet food like black pudding or - um, sorry. Let me try again... . Not only are they known for their exciting spectator sports like cricket and lawn bowling - dang it!
Okay, here it is. England is known for its shopping. That's all,
just shopping (and the Queen). Anyone who knows anything about English
retail knows that Harrod's is the best place to shop.
Harrod's is a huge world famous department store on Brompton
Road in London, and it's known for its quality and selection. Think of
Neiman-Marcus but without all the pretentious, snotty crap.
So Harrod's management was probably a little disappointed to
find out that competing store Marks & Spencer has finally figured out
a way to get men to willingly come into their stores.
According to a story in The (Glasgow) Herald, the department
store chain unveiled new playpens - also called a creche, which is
British for "playpen" - for men in six of its stores in England,
Scotland, and Wales. The creches are designed to entertain men while
their wives and girlfriends spend the day shopping.
They have electric slot-car racing track, remote control bikes,
and walkie-talkies. They also have sofas and televisions with videos
like "The Best of Monty Python" and "Football's Greatest Ever Matches."
However, "football" is really soccer, not American football. But you
take what you can get.
There were a few important items missing, like me, for instance.
I could easily spend hours in a place like this, while my wife battles
the rampaging hordes of shoppers. When we go shopping, we usually split
up and I spend most of my time at the bookstore. However, as nice as
bookstores are, they just don't have electric slot-car racing or sofas
and sofas. At least not the ones I visit.
We need these shopping daycare rooms for men - Guys actually -
in this country. And we need to add a few things to make it complete. So
if I am ever asked to design a men's creche (pronounced kresh), there
are a few crucial items that I would add.
- Beer - Not just any old beer though. My rule is that if it
appears on the sides of race cars, has the word "Lite" in it, or is
enjoyed in large quantities by people named "Billy Ray," I don't drink
it. I want hearty, manly beers with flavor. Hearty, manly flavor. Some
Guy wannabes think that drinking beer that rhymes with Spud or Swiller
Lite makes them manly.
That is wrong. Drinking beer that is thick, heavy, and takes
longer than a bottle of ketchup to pour is manly. Drinking watered-down
water is not manly. So, my shopping creche must contain good beer.
Anyone who asks for those others will be immediately thrown out.
- Satellite dish - I don't want a satellite dish that gets every
station. I only want one that gets Guy stations. That means no Home
Shopping Network, no E! Entertainment Television, and certainly no
Lifetime Network ("the network for women who hate men"). This satellite
dish would only get woodworking shows, home improvement shows, and
football. And if football wasn't on, there would be DVDs of every pro
and college game. I would also allow basketball, unless NFL Europe was
- A "No Children Allowed" sign - Don't get me wrong, I love my
children. Other men love their children too. But if our kids come, then
we have to actually watch them and make sure they don't break anything.
This could cause us to miss the biggest play of the game. Or spill our
beer. So instead, they would have their own creche, much like this one,
but without the beer.
- Food - This should probably be at the top of the list, but beer
and tv are a little more important. Man does not live by bread alone,
which is why God created TV and beer, which is like bread, but only
runnier. But instead of plain bread, we would also have pizzas,
sandwiches, and steaks. We would also have a nearly-empty platter of
vegetables, so if our wives came in, they'll think we've been eating
- Laptops and wireless Internet access - Very useful for shopping
online for your wife/girlfriend while they're out in the mall. It's also
useful for checking your email, looking up the stats on your favorite
football team, or Instant Messaging the guy on the other end of the
couch to hand you a beer.
- Dozens of roses - Let's face it, Guys, you're going to be in a
heap of trouble when your wife realizes how much fun you've been having
in here, while she's been out there, fighting the crowds and buying
Christmas presents for your family. Grab a dozen roses on your way out
to show her how much you love her, and how important she is. And tell
her that - sigh - if you have to, you could probably come back again
Kickoff is at 1:00.
Copyright 2005 Joe Shea The American Reporter. All Rights Reserved.