Just three weeks ago I was lying on an operating room table getting my plumbing in order. A shock and surprise when I found out I needed immediate surgery for what was a high risk problem. I'm happy to say it's behind me. I spent one week in the hospital recovering, and have been home for the last 2 weeks. I'm not yet 100 percent, but am feeling better each and every day.
So, what does this have to do with the subject of "eye candy"? I don't really know, except it's a catchy phrase used to describe things ones sees that look good. My wife and I visited a local sporting goods store this past week and I was pleasantly impressed with the eye candy they had. Maybe it's being restricted these past three weeks from getting into the outdoors, or maybe just cabin fever, but I was amazed and impressed with all the goodies I saw during this visit.
A good sporting goods or outdoors store will have goods that cover a wide range of outdoor activities. Unlike electronic stores which focus primarily with those activities done inside, the sporting goods store may offer the consumer goods that cover the gamut of outdoor activities. From outdoor exercise to bicycling, hunting and fishing to camping and hiking, baseball, soccer, football, and on and on.
Some stores are more narrow in their focus, primarily in the out-of-door activities that focus on hunting and fishing, with a few other activities that may be somewhat linked (camping and hiking for example). Stores like Academy really cover the scope, and even include some items for inside activities, but are primarily focused on the outside activities.
Okay, so why the big to do about eye candy and sporting goods stores? Guess it's because I'm sensitive to where I want to spend my time and energy, either buying or window shopping. I guess it's also where I'd rather be with my children and grandchildren, looking over and choosing those items that support my greatest passion: the outdoors. Being stuck inside, as I've been for the majority of the past three weeks, have heightened my need to get back to a "normal"routine; working and being active in the out of doors. My visit with my wife this past week to a sporting goods store re-activated that need. As I look out my window I see my bird feeders are empty, the yard needs some cleaning up, and it's time to begin to prepare for the upcoming seasons. Being able to get out and reconnect with all the goods related to my passion has given me a renewed excitement about my ability to once again get out and do what I love the most: spend time in the out of doors.
Time for me to begin my planning on what I am going to get done first. Have a great spring, get out to take a look at the "eye candy" in your favorite store and get your family involved.