Johnny Carruthers (chocolatescifi) wrote,
Johnny Carruthers

Really Getting An Early Start This Year

As I have mentioned from time to time, once summer arrives, I start eagerly anticipating the start of the back-to-school sales. One reason, of course, is that I really dislike hot weather, and seeing the various school supplies on the shelves reassures me that it won't be long before autumn arrives. Another reason -- probably the more important one as far as this blog is concerned -- is that the appearance of school supplies means that it's almost time to start the countdown to the start of Candy Season.

In years past, it has usually been at least a few days past Independence Day before I would get my first glimpse of anything resembling a back-to-school display. But I went by Staples earlier this afternoon, and when I walked through the door, I was greeted by quite the surprise. They were already setting up the display for the back-to-school backpacks.

My first thought was, Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish, what the hell is going on here? This was at least three weeks earlier than I would have anticipated seeing this in my wildest dreams.

The display wasn't fully in place yet. Based on what I remember from previous years, I would estimate that it contained somewhere between one third and one half of what it will hold when fully stocked. But still, the summer solstice hasn't even happened yet. It's usually not until somewhere around Independence Day that I see anything resembling a back-to-school display anywhere.

I didn't really notice anything else resembling a setup for back-to-school while I was there. Then again, nothing else is quite as noticeable as the backpack display; at least not in a store like Staples.

Granted, I will be glad to see the start of Candy Season once again, and I am hoping that when we see the Halloween merchandise appearing on the shelves, there will be some new candy products to review. But this is way too early to start the countdown to Candy Season.

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