OK so I've lived in LA for thirteen years. I've moved twelve times since then. Well, 15 if I count the transitional places and that one time I moved to an adjacent smaller apartment to save money. That's a lot of moving. For the average person, it accounts for at least one visit to Home Depot per year. Obviously that's a lowball figure because it takes three or four visits per move.
What I've always loved about Home Depot is their 24-hour service. I think that's the first thing an Angelino would mention about the greatness of Home Depot. [am I right David? Robbie?] It's like a security blanket, knowing they are open all the time. Not that I've ever gone at 2:00 in the morning for anything. But it's just good to know I can.
I had a list of things we still need to get for the apartment. And Andi's bedroom rug is due to arrive. So I thought it would be smart to go when others are most likely sleeping.
Here's a clip from an actual IM between me and my roomie at 11 PM last night (as she says, "for posterity, you know?"):
Me: home depot? yeah? no? i can't decide if i wanna go...
Roomie: Are you SURE they're open?
Me: yes, they are open. 24 hours.
Roomie: Okay, I'm game if you are.
So at 11:15 PM we headed out with our lists, a chrome pole (don't ask) and Hunny in tow.
Pulling in, I was excited to see all the available parking spaces and the lights shimmering inside. The doors were wide open and I could see the aisles were clear.
The young security boy sitting in the chair greeted us with a smile and some words. I said hello and smiled back. He repeated his words, "We're closed." I thought he was joking. You know, that old Steven Wright joke, open 24 hours, but not in a row.
For a moment I think I stood without moving, a little dazed. Definitely confused. I even looked around to be sure I was at Home Depot, even though I knew I was.
Meanwhile, Andi's laughing her good laugh.
The boy rattled off the store hours. I thought maybe they only close on Sunday nights. But no! They close every night. Can you believe that? Every single night! I can't remember his exact words, but I do remember him saying something about it being a couple of years since they've been a 24-hour store. And apparently that wasn't good enough for me. I asked about other Home Depot locations. To his knowledge there are no longer any 24-hour stores. [GASP]
Now both he and Andi were having a grand ole amusing time. I was still in total disbelief. I was tempted to call all my friends who still believe Home Depot is open all the time. Actually, I'm gonna call David right now. (well, after I post this entry)
How? How did I totally miss the change in store hours in the last two years? I guess all the times I chose not to go there in the dark hours of the morning saved me from actually noticing any changes.
Well hey, we learned two things about our town last night. One: Home Depot closes every night - earlier on Sundays. Two: Wine and beer sections are open every night - even on Sundays.