I was saddened today to learn via Yahoo News that three very important businesses may be going out of business in 2009:
Rite Aid, Krispy Kreme, and Six Flags.
And I am sad.
Of course the last time I entered a Rite Aid was before I knew I was pregnant with T.Rex to buy the Mucinex DM that haunted me all pregnancy with visions of club feet. And the last time I stopped by Krispy Kreme was for a pumpkin donut on October 1, the day they begin producing pumpkin donuts each year. And the last time I personally paid to visit Six Flags was during college, back when Dr. Crog had long hair and I wore cut-off jean shorts.
But that shouldn't matter! Just because *I* don't personally frequent these businesses does *not* mean they should close. I have occasional and desperate need of them.
When I am sick and need to make two right turns on the way home and forgot to stop at Walgreens first, I need Rite Aid. When I am pregnant and craving a pumpkin donut and it happens to be one of the two months in which they make pumpkin donuts, I need Krispy Kreme. And when I want to go laugh at rednecks and ride roller coasters once a decade, I seriously need Six Flags.
Huh. I begin to see why they might be in financial trouble.
My point is this: YOU need to patronize these three businesses so that they will be available on the off-chance that I might need to patronize them one day. It costs what it costs.
ps. Blockbuster is also on the chop list, so I am now overjoyed to know that voodoo really works. Anybody got some pins and tiny little copies of Stuart Little and The Notebook?