When Internet and I first met I had the feeling we would be friends. Here was a place I could find stuff out for assignments and contact my flesh and blood friends. Over the years, Internet and I have grown up together, developed new interests, new connections, new ways of doing things - like shopping.
For a while I worried about buying things online, would my identity be stolen, would things arrive, would I become some sad, sorry statistic that my IT savvy friends laugh about? But eventually I got into the groove and now I do a vast amount of my shopping with my good friend Internet. Last year nearly everyone's Christmas presents came from the cyber realm as does things as random as my perfume and wine supplies.
But it is my wardrobe that is benefiting most from this friendship. I've become a bit disillusioned by the high prices, limited range and poor quality that I find in so many Australian shops. I think I've bought one item of clothing in an actual bricks and mortar store this year, despite many hours of wandering them. Instead online shopping has captured me.
One of the things about an online purchase, however, is the delayed gratification. You browse, mull, select and pay, then ... nothing happens. Not for a little while at least - well other than the credit card bill arriving. But then, almost like a surprise, the mail arrives and with it a parcel and even though I know that I paid for the contents, it is like a present.
Today a present arrived in the form of a parcel from ASOS. It had two dresses that will be perfect as the spring weather warms up and a fantastic skirt for tango. My good old friend Internet, you really are the best!