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Love is Blinds by Jess K. '10

A short, fairly irrelevent entry, as told from the perspective of the 7+ people who saw me buy window blinds this morning

last night, in the hallway
ANGELA MONSTER: Allin and I are going to Economy Hardware tomorrow morning.
ME: Oh, can I come? I need to buy blinds.
ANGELA MONSTER: Sure, I’ll come wake you up at 11.

this morning, leaving the dorm
ANGELA MONSTER: (on the phone with Economy Hardware) Hi, I bought blinds the other day at your store and they’re the wrong size.. is it okay if I come by and exchange them? Even if I don’t have the receipt? Great, thanks.

walking with Allin and Angela through MIT to Mass Ave
VARIOUS FRAT BOYS: (thinking) I wonder if that kid is a freshman?..

walking with Allin and Angela down Mass Ave to Economy Hardware
ME: (watches Angela fumble with her two sets of poorly-sized 37″ blinds)

at Economy Hardware
ANGELA: Oh, are you buying 37″? That was the kind I was returning. I could’ve just given them to you.
ME: Oh, haha!

at the cashier
WOMAN AT THE CASHIER: That’ll be $12.59.

at the door of Economy Hardware
ME: …Do these boxes only come with one blind??

at the cashier
WOMAN AT THE CASHIER: That’ll be $12.59.. again.

on the way home
MINDY: Hey, Jess!
ME: Hey Mindy! Just bought some blinds..

walking through MIT to Burton Conner, where all the windows are differently sized
VARIOUS FRAT BOYS: (thinking)…those blinds are the wrong size.

at Burton Conner
ME: (discovers the blinds are the wrong size) …

walking through MIT to Mass Ave
DAYAN: Hey Jess.
ME: Hey, Dayan.
DAYAN: Where’re you off to?
ME: Just bought the wrong sized blinds.
VARIOUS FRAT BOYS: (thinking) Told you.

walking down Mass Ave to Economy Hardware)
KITTY: Hey, Jess!
ME: Hey Kitty! I just bought the wrong sized blinds..
KITTY: (thinking) She’s totally going to hit me in the head with those blinds, isn’t she?
ME: (thinking) I should probably quit holding these blinds like a shotgun..

at Economy Hardware
ME: I bought the wrong size.
ME: That’s what I said.
WOMAN AT THE CASHIER: Right, well, do you have your receipt?
ME: Nope.
ME: You said it was okay earlier!
ME: I was kidding! It was a joke! I brought it.. them. Both of them.
WOMAN AT THE CASHIER: Right. That was you.

on the way home
YING-FEI: Hey, Jess!
ME: Hey, Ying-fei.
YING-FEI: What’s up?
ME: You know.. blinds..

walking through MIT to Mass Ave
VARIOUS FRAT BOYS: (thinking) Seriously?
ME: (thinking) Seriously.

(thanks to Allin for installing my blinds)

19 responses to “Love is Blinds”

  1. lol says:


  2. Seriously? says:

    This made my day, sadly it’s hard to say it made yours! You are quiet the funniest blogger of all time, Jess! =)

  3. Ivan says:


    That was pretty funny, not trying to laugh at your expense are anything.

    This economy hardware store, is it frequently used by MIT students?

    When you said that all the windows are of different sizes, does that also include dorms that have more than one window (are there dorms at Burton Conner with more than one window)?

  4. Ahana says:

    ‘various frat boys’ LOL! Awesome:)

  5. Ahana says:

    ‘various frat boys’ LOL! Awesome:)

  6. Keri says:

    Way to kill our washing machine, Karen.

    Don’t return the blinds! My window is 37″.

    Or maybe it isn’t.

    Actually, never mind.

  7. Chris B. '12 says:

    God Karen, Why do you always have to mess up our laundry machines. Isn’t this he second time?

  8. Helen says:

    I’d probably just prop a sheet over the window.

  9. Shannon says:

    This is the story of my life here thus far. Only, I fail at getting groceries.

  10. Karen says:

    I failed at laundry yesterday – I didn’t read the directions and put the laundry detergent in the wrong spot, so I tried to scoop it out and eventually gave up and used the ‘colors’ setting. The next person to use the ‘whites’ setting on machine 3 in the Senior Haus laundry room is kind of screwed.

  11. Karen says:

    Excuse me, Chris, I learned my lesson. And I only messed up one machine. And I told you. So you have been officially warned. Just use the colors setting and it’s all good.

  12. Jess says:

    lol! nice. could have happened to anyone though!

  13. Barack Obama says:

    Haha…stupid joke!

  14. Christina says:

    I didn’t understand any of this.

    I feel like if we could decipher what type of humor/intelligence is required to understand this post we would know, finally, what sort of humor/intelligence I am lacking.

  15. Rebecca says:

    Oh My Word…now i am worried about possibly moving halfway across the country and finding i am unable to do random things i thought i was proficient at….doing laundry, buying blinds, etc. LOL =D i never knew it was such an ordeal!

  16. Helen says:

    @ Christina: You’re not being sarcastic, are you?

    I don’t think you really need to be that intelligent to “decipher” this blog.
    It’s more a random humour type of blog, where she’s talking about the mishaps of blind shopping.

  17. Anonymous says:

    hey! In one of your older posts you mentioned changing time for 9 am physics…. well, I HAVE THAT 9 am physics and HATE it!
    What website do I use to change it?

  18. Jess says:

    @Anon – should be able to use either stellar, or the 8.01 website.

  19. Maya says:

    You’d think MIT students would be smart enough to get the right size blinds. I guess some aren’t. raspberry