Buying anything is a challenge. From week to week different things are unavailable. This week I couldn’t get whipped cream. None. El zippo! (Full disclosure – they had one container of fat free but what’s the point! You may as well use Styrofoam.) Most prices are up astronomically. My eating patterns are changing as a result.
I bought my car and the house before it was on the market. I was able to learn of our house through our realtor before it was listed. That worked for both us and the seller. Neither of us wanted to do loads of open houses with the virus raging. Selling went easy too. Three days, seven showing and it was done. I only had to Clorox the place twice as my realtor stacked the showings together. The house deal was pre-vaccine.
The car was “in transit” on the website. Yes, I had to cruise the websites because dealership lots are empty. It hadn’t reached the dealership and I bought it sight unseen (and undriven).
Furniture is crazy. You get a date for delivery which is pretty far out. Then it gets extended and extended. You start to forget what it looks like and wonder if you really need it.
We are getting kitchen work done. We started planning this project in January. We had trouble finding a kitchen place that was interested. We went through six different companies before we did. Installation was for October. It’s been delayed until November. We may be doing takeout for the holidays. This is not a supply issue as everything is in except the cabinets which should come in this month. All appliances and fixtures have been in since June. Contractor backlog?
Everyone has a theory – computer chips, lazy workers, supply chain shortages. It’s not as simple as that. Some of the infrastructure parts of the labor market haven’t returned to normal yet. Things like available day care or having someone manage on-line schooling for kids. You can’t work from home and manage a child’s schooling at the same time. Something suffers. At this point most kids are back in the classroom but it’s a crap shoot. They revert to on-line when there is a breakout in the school.
My new dining room table came yesterday (after five months of waiting and one postponement) and consider myself lucky. I still like it!
As if this isn’t enough proof that all is weird, last week I met someone who said they don’t believe there is a virus, that it’s all a hoax. I rolled my eyes and walked on as they ranted about big pharma and a spying government. I’m a pretty boring person. Anyone watching me would succumb to boredom. Next time I clean the kitty litter box I’ll smile for the camera!
I used to work for a guy who said (far too often) “it is what it is.” That was never more true than now.