I don't visit Williams-Sonoma very much. The main reason is that I have a local gourmet kitchen tools store near me. The owner greets me by name when I walk in, She knows my likes and dislikes, and she carries - and is knowledgeable about - almost everything I could want or need in the kitchen. So if Heather carries it, I buy it from her.
I was in the Apple Store last night - I'm finally breaking down and upgrading to Leopard. The Williams-Sonoma store is right next door so my Sweet Lady Wife and I decided to drop in and browse.
We spent several minutes there and as usual I was drawn to the cookbook section. I don't know what it is about cookbooks but if there is a display of them I seem to be magnetically drawn to it. I ended up picking out two cookbooks to the tune of about seventy five bucks. We took them to the cash register and waited. and waited. and waited. and waited.
We spent several minutes standing there at the counter while the three clerks all seem to find almost anything to do but wait on us.
Then we spent several minutes standing there at the counter while one of the clerks waited on someone else.
Then we spent a minute or so standing there in disbelief as the clerk finished with that customer, turned and found something else to do.
My wife and I looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders, abandoned our prospective purchases there on the counter and walked away.