Why I don’t shop at Value Village

~ I wanted a new, perhaps wackily brightly coloured, sport-coat for the Mount Benson / Legion show tomorrow night. So I went to Value Village. They only had jackets similar to the jackets I already own (and a bunch of unwearable atrocities) so I went to the books hoping for a Chandler or a Hammet. 

This where I ran into the ex-girlfriend of my old highschool friend A. About ten years ago, they moved to Vancouver and became junkies. When he came back, the one time I had coffee with him, he implied she’d become a junkie prostitute when he wouldn’t let her use his supply anymore. That was a nice story. Then he tried to get me to drive him somewhere to “meet some guy” and I figured it was time to not spend anymore time re-initiating this friendship. Anyway, that was about eight years ago and since then I hear he’s cleaned up his act a bit — sells pot in Parksville for a living. 

So, his ex is talking to me at V V. She looks like she’s probably not a junkie anymore but you can tell she used to be from her still near-skeletal frame and raspy voice. She tells me about her 3 year old kid, and how she’s painting murals in Ladysmith but I’m thinking about how weird it is junkies/ex-junkies all have this same strange body language. Strange that it’s always the same. It’s not like a twitchy-shiftiness you might associate with someone who’s “cracked-out” but a lot of exaggerated movements and an almost unnatural exuberance. I can’t really describe it. Seems like it would be an interesting topic for a sociologist to study. 

After about ten awkward minutes of prying questions, I’m only half paying attention to because I’m trying to devise an escape, she asks if I want to have coffee sometime.  To which I stammer, “Er, well…” and she says, “I shouldn’t be so blunt. I don’t know, you could be married.” To which I say, “Yeah. Well, uh, nice seeing you.” And we left it at that. And I got the hell out of there.

Sagittarius Horoscope for week of February 22, 2007
 
In a couple of weeks it will make sense to aggressively insert your vivid presence into the thick of the action. There will be dizzying opportunities to chase down and intoxicating connections to forge. But it’s premature to get riled up about all that yet. For the foreseeable future, Sagittarius, take your inspiration from Franz Kafka, who gave the following advice in his book *The Great Wall of China*: “You need not do anything. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, just wait. You need not even wait, just learn to be quiet, still, and solitary. And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” 
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24 Responses to Why I don’t shop at Value Village

  1. ms_dirtnap says:

    Is this R and Z you are referring to?? I had some fantasy that he was in Saskatchewan or somewhere, running a gallery for someone.
    H totally brings on those big, loose movements, everywhere except where they should be (I’m referring here to the constipation that results from junk).

  2. ms_dirtnap says:

    Is this R and Z you are referring to?? I had some fantasy that he was in Saskatchewan or somewhere, running a gallery for someone.
    H totally brings on those big, loose movements, everywhere except where they should be (I’m referring here to the constipation that results from junk).

  3. mrdapper says:

    Not R and Z. Though I did hear Z was doinf internet porn. I was talking about A and A (I think her name starts with an A).

  4. i know what you mean – i have two ex-junkie friends who don’t have that exuberance, and another ex-junkie friend who totally does. the ones who who don’t both smoke a decent amount of pot.

  5. i know what you mean – i have two ex-junkie friends who don’t have that exuberance, and another ex-junkie friend who totally does. the ones who who don’t both smoke a decent amount of pot.

  6. ninjaj says:

    Speaking of junkies, did you get the mail I sent you?

  7. ninjaj says:

    Speaking of junkies, did you get the mail I sent you?

  8. mrdapper says:

    It’s true, now that I think about it, I can think of a couple ex-junkies I know who are pretty mellow.

  9. mrdapper says:

    unless you mean the valentine. yes, thank you very much!

  10. nathandrama says:

    i totally know exactly what you mean about the junkie body language. and it weirdly never goes away even if the get clean. unless they get really healthy. i do know at least one person who has been clean from the junk for like 20ish years and they don’t have it anymore. but all the more recently clean ones i know do.

    • mrdapper says:

      I always wonder if it’s something they pick up from other users (the way say hip-hop has its own body language), something the drug does neurologically, or if it’s something about the people who are drawn to the drug in the first place.

  11. nathandrama says:

    i totally know exactly what you mean about the junkie body language. and it weirdly never goes away even if the get clean. unless they get really healthy. i do know at least one person who has been clean from the junk for like 20ish years and they don’t have it anymore. but all the more recently clean ones i know do.

  12. mrdapper says:

    I always wonder if it’s something they pick up from other users (the way say hip-hop has its own body language), something the drug does neurologically, or if it’s something about the people who are drawn to the drug in the first place.

  13. carnivorissa says:

    are we talking about crack?
    i’ve herd that they have connected parkinsons to heavy drug use. that connection was with ecstacy and meth. im not sure about other drugs.

  14. carnivorissa says:

    are we talking about crack?
    i’ve herd that they have connected parkinsons to heavy drug use. that connection was with ecstacy and meth. im not sure about other drugs.

  15. carnivorissa says:

    other reasons not to shop at Value Village:
    -shitty treatment of employees including humiliation, degridation and unsafe and phsically stressfull work environments.
    -they donate less than the meager 10% of their total revenue that they boast to donate to charity.(the manditory amount for charitable organizations is 4%)
    -filling the pockets of yet another large AMERICAN corporation.
    -overpriced goods.
    -severe amounts of waste.
    -no concideration of human rights.

  16. carnivorissa says:

    other reasons not to shop at Value Village:
    -shitty treatment of employees including humiliation, degridation and unsafe and phsically stressfull work environments.
    -they donate less than the meager 10% of their total revenue that they boast to donate to charity.(the manditory amount for charitable organizations is 4%)
    -filling the pockets of yet another large AMERICAN corporation.
    -overpriced goods.
    -severe amounts of waste.
    -no concideration of human rights.

  17. mrdapper says:

    we’re talking about heroin.

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