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Poway Salvation Army Light FixtureThis weekend I am attending an Ugly Sweater Party where the theme essentially is to find the ugliest sweater possible and wear that to the party. I saw a rather terrible sweatshirt at Rite Aid, but I thought maybe there might be something at the local thrift store that would be even more hideous and possibly cheaper.

I stopped at the Salvation Army Thrift store in Poway and they didn’t seem to have much selection of sweaters or even sweatshirts. They certainly had an abundance of ugly clothes but not the type I was looking for. About the most hideous sweatshirt I could find was a red sweatshirt that had this horrible print of a field of sunflowers on it. It would have been perfect, except for the fact it was a size small sweatshirt. It was completely revolting and probably would win the contest, but it’s too small to wear. I know I’ve lost weight this year, going down from wearing 3XL down to a plain XL, but small is still too small for me.

In my disappointment I turned to leave but ended up finding the light fixture pictured at the top of this blog entry. It looks identical to the lighting fixtures that were originally installed in the home my parents just sold less than a month ago. It’s quite possible this light fixture in the thrift store was one of the light fixtures that had once hung in the home I lived in. My folks had replaced those light fixtures several years ago and I know that when my mom does get rid of things, she usually donates them to the Salvation Army. She usually calls them up and they come to collect the stuff, where it goes beyond there, is anyone’s guess. I just found it strange to be in the Poway Salvation Army Thrift store and unexpectedly see a fixture that possibly once belonged to my parents.

In any case, it was a rather strange thing to feel a sense of Déjà Vu running into this fixture. Those lighting fixtures had been out of sight and out of mind for years. Could it possibly be one of the ones from my folks old house? And why would I see one just a few weeks after my folks move from that house that once housed those fixtures? It’s funny how things like that can happen. In any case, it was something to see that was out of the ordinary that gave me some memories of my folk’s previous house, since I wasn’t walking away with an ugly sweater for the party.

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