Withering Glance: Perils of shopping alone

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 2:32 PM

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: It surely is one of the great American pastimes: bringing a trusted friend along when shopping for critical items, from a car to reading glasses.


RN: Especially eyewear. Holding the mirror a few inches from my face isn’t really a viable way to zero in on the ideal pair of Oliver Peoples.


CP: Wasn’t that why they invented the selfie?


RN: You’d think, but it’s also a matter of fit. Kind of like the way a person looks in a car. By the way, count your lucky stars the day I talked you out of buying that Plymouth Voyager. You’re welcome.


CP: How ’bout our friend John? After using the Luddite Defense to resist a smartphone for several years, he broke down last weekend.


RN: Did you feel that? I think the planet just stopped spinning on its axis.


CP: I exceeded posted speed limits driving him to the Sprint store and provided just heaps of helpful information.


RN: What are friends for?


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