It’s Shopping Time!


It can be an empty fridge; it can be just being bored; or maybe tiredness of finding the same clothing in the closet; the thing is…it’s shopping time!

When I was a child, one of the games we had was to make a small hole in a box (like a shoe box) and from a set distance trying to get little crystal marbles in the box by giving them a little impulse, just enough to get them rolling to, and inside the box through the little hole.

Now, when remembering those times, I feel I was playing “Publicity Expert”

Like a superior being, watching from above, finding a way to make those little marbles roll to, and enter the store to shop.

But the rolls have inverted…now I am the marble slowly rolling to, and inside the box. How the hell did they do that?

I suppose to be the superior being with amazing capabilities, controlling the game of my life? How did I become the tool they use, to make me do whatever they want?

Practice makes perfect, or at least better. I got good enough at getting those little marbles inside the box. Now I am the marble being good enough at getting inside the store!


A society of marbles, slowly rolling by the gentle impulse given by…

Is there anybody out there?

Is there anybody controlling this thing?

Are we, small marbles, being gently pushed? Or are we just “suggested”, so we fall. Like inclining the surface on which the marbles stand, and letting them roll on their own to their happy demise.

Like a crystal marble that prides itself in its shiny composition, yet is externally controlled by unknown forces, denying with it its own power to float in space, magnificent, unmovable, amazing.

When I was a child I used to play getting little crystal marbles through a small hole in a box. Little I knew I was witnessing society from the eyes of a publicity expert in the world of adult life.


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6 Responses to It’s Shopping Time!

  1. Sara says:


    You really set my head marbles clinking together with this post!

    I’m not a big shopper. As a matter of fact, I actually dislike shopping, but your point is well taken.

    We are guided to buy and the marketing people do a good job of making us want to shop.They make the incline easy to roll down and that’s part of the draw. It doesn’t help that credit card are very easy to get and so, people feel free to spend willy nilly, Instead of getting what they need; they buy what they want.

    Still, on the other side, the publicity experts keep the retail business in business. Where I live we have a mall that will be closing soon because it doesn’t have the business to keep going. I sigh when I think about this and wonder how people will be out of work.

    I suppose, just like your marble game, it’s a case of balance:~)

    This is a good “thinking post:~)
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    It is a case of balance; the problem seems to be when there’s more and more shopping, then the need for more retailers is created. If people become more careful with their spending (as it is happening nowadays because of the economy), then the excess of retailers has to go, with the unfortunate problem of people getting out of work: a very complicated situation that is no so easy to fix with just a couple of laws or incentives.

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  2. Great comparison. I like to think that more often I’m one of the marbles that doesn’t make it through the hole. It’s like the publicity experts are trying to get me in that store, but I just don’t fall for their stuff. Much of the time this is the case, but I’m sure there are times when they get me, and other times when I’m a willing participant because I have an actual need. I think a lot of people have been taking closer looks at their spending over the last couple of years, and I bet the marketers are having a hard time convincing people to spend.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    With more people reducing their spending it’ll be like making the hole smaller, or sending the marbles from a bigger distance; a more complicated task but after some time they will imprive their game. At the other hand, stores are reducing prices, which would be like making the hole bigger again, or reducing the distance.

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  3. Joy says:

    I love how your mind works!
    Maybe, just maybe..we are each piece of this game at different times in life: the Being in control, the marble in the box, the box, and the store..hmmm…?
    It is a *game*..and games may be one of community, or played solo..and are probably most fun or we wouldn’t invest so much time and energy into playing:)
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Joy,

    If we are different pieces at different times, then we have the chance to experience the whole throughout time, and find what we like and enjoy the most. Perhaps the process of growth…if we see beyond the material, everyday elements of living.

    Thank you for your comments :)

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