Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Langley, BC, Canada
So, I go to Marks in Langley in search of Nikwax and I wander up and down and all around the store and find nothing.
I ask a girl I find organizing the sock display (she's about 15 years old and working over a sizeable wad of chewing gum), "I'm looking for Nikwax; do you have any in stock?"
"Nikwhat?" she asks before returning her concentration to the wad of gum occupying her left cheek.
"It's for waterproofing garments, kind of like Scotchguard," I explain.
"Garments?" she says.
"Clothes, like raingear," I clarify.
"Ummmmmmm, all our raingear is over there. And some rubber stuff," she says.
So I walk over to the rubber section (where I've already been) and just like the first time I was there, find nothing.
I return to the checkout, where there is another girl working (she looks to be fifteen-and-a-half), and hope that her six extra months of experience will pay off. She's not chewing gum, so I'm hopeful.
I ask the same question I asked the gum chewer and get a blank stare. I explain what Nikwax is and she says she'll ask the manager. So the manager comes over (he's at least old enought to vote) and she asks him do they sell any..."What is it? Nik-something?"
"Nikwax," I repeat. "It's for waterproofing jackets, like raingear. You can wash it into the garment."
"Hmph," he grunts. "Sounds familiar. I think we used to, like, sell it. I don't know what's up with that.... Hmmmm," and he stares up at the ceiling like God is going to aid me on my quest for a bottle of Nikwax.
So I thanked them for their troubles and went on my way.
I'll take my quest to Three Vets next week.
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