The wait begins |

The wait begins

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Three men sit relaxed on a brown leather couch outside Dunlap’s department store at the Glenwood Springs Mall.Behind them, high school choir members do an a capella version of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” On their left, children smile for the camera as they sit perched on Santa’s lap.One of the men, Dave Martinez, is wearing a black cowboy hat. His hands are clasped behind his head, one leg resting on the other.His nephew and brother-in-law wait patiently next to him on the brown leather couch for their female family members to return.For these three men, shopping isn’t so bad.Even on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

“I go sometimes, and sometimes I stay home,” said Dave Martinez, of Eagle.Martinez’s nephew, Michael Rael, is waiting for his mom, the shopper in the family. Rael said he doesn’t spend as much time Christmas shopping as his mom. He usually waits until the last minute – never starting as early as the day after Thanksgiving – to buy.”I usually wait outside after looking inside briefly,” said Rael, of the San Luis Valley.Rael’s dad, Mike, is along for the ride to spend time with his family – and keep the peace on the home front.”My wife likes it, but I don’t like it. But I don’t mind. I’m just trying to keep the wife happy,” he said, with a subtle smirk. “If it weren’t for the wives, these stores would go broke. They control the country.”After 40 years of marriage, Mike Rael knows the Christmas shopping drill.

“She controls the purse strings,” he said, with a chuckle. “They control the country.”Several feet way, Dennis DeLong relaxed in a brown leather chair as his wife searched the racks of a women’s clothing store. Like Mike Rael, he had no problem going shopping with his spouse on Black Friday.”Actually I would be in there with my wife but I have a leg injury,” said DeLong, of Pueblo. “I don’t mind shopping much.”A man can learn a thing or two about shopping when he’s married for 26 years.”Most guys don’t like it, but it doesn’t bother me,” said DeLong, who’s visiting family in Rifle for the Thanksgiving holiday.DeLong and Mike Rael offered the same advice for men playing the waiting game as their wives and girlfriends shop.

“Just be patient,” DeLong said. “It’s not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”After all, in just 29 short days, the wait will be worth it.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext.

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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