Christmas vacation started on Wednesday for me, so I went out to buy things for myself [1].

Whenever I need pants, it never fails to visit the Gap at either Conestoga or Fairview Park. The sale/clearance section at the back of the store[2] always has pants in my size range. I’m practically a “square”, with my preferred size being 32×30, but I’ll consider anything from a 30×30 through 32×32.

The odd thing is that in the GTA, those sizes are always the first to go. By the time pants make it to the clearance section, only the “short-fat” (e.g. 42×30) and “tall-skinny” (e.g. 26×34) sizes are left. Not so in K-W, the square sizes are the ones left in the bargain bin. So around these parts I’m practically always guaranteed to get a decent pair of pants for $20-$30. Woohoo!

Speaking of pant sizing, I saw this tip on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: Too lazy to try on a pair of pants? Button it up, lay it flat, grasp the edges of the waist, then wrap it around your neck. If the two edges meet exactly, the pants should fit. I don’t really see the point for boy pants though, since they’re always labelled with the exact measurements. What they need is a shortcut like that for girl pants. I don’t understand the whole single number sizing system. How can a single number convey sufficient information about the size? At the very minimum, don’t you need length and width? Also, when the number has no units, how can there be a standard across stores? Case and point: a size 0 at Banana Republic is like a size 4 at Gap, which I guess indicates that rich girls are generally fatter than middle class girls. <shrug>

[1] I’m pretty much done buying presents for other people, except for my parents, who are truly a pain to shop for. They usually want things that are practical, which is fine. But the first thing they ask when opening a present is, “How much did it cost?” If it’s above some threshold they choose to be fair value for the item, they’ll complain that it cost too much and won’t enjoy using it, even if it’s nice. Hello?! Who cares, you didn’t pay for it! Which is also kind of funny because it applies to food as well. They don’t enjoy nice (i.e. expensive) restaurants, even if the food is outstanding. The more expensive something is, the worse it tastes.

[2] Historically, the sale/clearance section has always at the back for clothing stores, the same way necessities like milk and eggs are always at the back of supermarkets. But for some reason the Gap and Mexx stores at Fairview Park have moved their sale/clearance sections to the front of the store. Is this a new trend? If so, I don’t understand it.

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