Last night my soon-to-be sister-in-law and I picked Mel up after work to take her to Media Play. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was being released at midnight and Mel had reserved it months ago. Media Play was mobbed by the time we got there, apparently there had even been a release party earlier that evening. By the time the book selling actually started at 12:01 a.m. the lines for the cashier stations snaked through merchandise aisles almost to the rear of the store.
At a first printing of more than eight million copies in the US alone, there is serious money being made on this book. I’d read an article in Time this week about its release. A side-bar article talked about J.K. Rowling’s wealth; going from being a welfare mother to being richer than the Queen of England by fifty million, or was that billion(?), dollars. Mel says, “Good for her, she earned it. What did the Queen ever do?”
I shopped the bargain DVDs and bought a few (Reefer Madness – I’ve never seen it!- and Quills), then joined Mel and SIL in line. After standing there a bit, Mel instructed me to go get some doughnuts. We had been discussing getting Krispy Kreme doughnuts on the way to get the book. SIL had never tried them and Mel was going fishing with a friend in the morning and thought it would be good to have some. So, SIL and I left to go down the street for doughnuts.
We went through the drive-thru and bought a dozen. The drive-thru exits around the back of the store and as we drove around the back we noticed a crate full of boxed doughnuts, probably ten dozen packed in dozen-sized window boxes. Doughnuts had been left outside. We parked for a moment and discussed the unattended doughnuts.
They wouldn’t have been left outside if they weren’t garbage, right? They look perfectly fine though, so maybe they’re not garbage. But if not, were they forgotten? Had someone been loading them for distribution (a local convenience chain recently started carrying them) and left them? How long ago? Could they be stale now, having become garbage?
Finally, our curiousity and the lure of abandoned doughnuts got the better of us. I backed up, hopped out of the car and grabbed a box from the crate. As I drove off, SIL poked her finger in one of the glazed doughnuts and pronounced them fresh. Whee! We just stole a dozen doughnuts… or as SIL put it, “We got a two-fer.” (As in, two-for-one.)
We got back to Media Play and waited in line with Mel for a few more minutes, entertaining her with our doughnut caper, before she finally got her copy of the book.
This is what nearly-40 year old women do for entertainment on a Friday night: Buy childrens books and steal doughnuts. Silly, huh?