After paying for the items, I was directed to the Do-It-Yourself Gift Wrapping station in one corner of the store, where I was greeted with:
- 2 huge rolls of wrapping paper to chose from (although they both held the same pattern of paper)
- Some purplish, lacy ribbon
- Various sized white gift boxes
- White tissue paper
- 2 tape dispensers (albeit one was empty)
- 2 pair of scissors
Here are snippets of conversations I overheard, since we were all there within a 6x6-foot shared space:
- The married couple:
She: "Make sure you wrap it like this one." (indicating the one she was wrapping)
He (returning after a few minutes of wrapping at the other end of the table): "Here you go."
She: "Why'd you wrap it that way? I told you to make sure it matched this one." <Heavy sigh.> "I just don't understand why you wrapped it that way when I told you to wrap it like this one."
- The two men after about two minutes of not speaking, with one guy wrapping and the other guy just watching him:
Guy wrapping: "Whew. I just never thought I'd be here in Raleigh wrapping a gift after working all day."
Guy watching: "Yeah, it's amazing what they'll make you do." (Presumably talking about wives.)
Guy wrapping (after a little silence): "You see that State game against Georgia Southern?"
Guy watching: "Yeah, that was sumpin', wadn't it?"
Guy watching (after a little silence): "This friend of mine's getting married. He wants his color to be gray."
Guy wrapping: "You mean for the tuxes?"
Guy watching: "Yeah."
- My conversation, which I started right after the tux comments:
Me: "I'm going to a wedding where the groom wants gray tuxes, too."
Guy watching looks up at me and nods in acknowledgement.
Me: But the other groom wants a very light brown.
Guy wrapping looks up.
Married couple scurries off.