So I’m in Lowes with my wife the other evening buying some flat black latex paint to finish my $20 prop entry.
I’m at the register buying my gallon can of Olympic premium paint for $15.41 cents when the cashier hands me a $5 rebate for the purchase.
I’m ecstatic because I’m working on a tight budget and the five dollar savings will really help and before I know it I have spent the last couple minutes explaining to the cashier why I’m so happy.
The cashier is very polite as she listens to me blabber on about building a Halloween prop and having to account for every penny, little did I notice the glaze develop over her eyes as she silently nodded along with everything I said.
On the way out to the car I looked at my wife and said, “She didn’t really care what I was saying did she?” My wife looked at me and said, “Not a bit.”
Then it struck me.
Every time I go into Lowes to pick up some prop building material I always find myself explaining to the employees why I’m buying the particular item whether it be drywall joint compound, PVC or cellulose fiber insulation. In all fairness I’m usually prompted by a comment such as “So are you putting up drywall?”
Rather than simply nodding I always find it necessary to explain that I’m using the joint compound to make Monster Mud which of course leads to an explanation of Monster Mud and all it’s glory.
The story is the same no matter what material I'm buying.
I like to think that I’m educating the staff of Lowes in the wonders of Halloween prop building but deep down I know my wife is right, nobody really cares, not even a little bit.