I went to the "lifestyle center" (read: upscale strip mall that fancies itself more than a strip mall) that is about half a mile from my house today at around 3 p.m. I wanted to check out the buy one-get one free sweater sale at the Gap. The place was less crowded than an average Saturday afternoon, probably because the "game" was on t.v. (People here live and die by LSU football.) Then, tempting the fates, I went to Walmart at 8 p.m. I'd foolishly run out of cat food and diet coke and I needed motor oil for the mower. (Where else can you get all three?) Again, it was practically empty. I guess people get up early or something, but that's not my style. The added bonus was that apparently Walmart thought there would be a lot of shoppers in the evenings because there was an abundance of checkers and absolutely no line in about half of them. I was in and out in 30 minutes and did my grocery shopping for the week. The guy who checked me out said it was busy earlier, but thank goodness, not the mad house like hat resulted in that poor temp worker's death in NY.