There is at least one reason why we don't love the Japanese tree lilac. The whiteness of the flowers is short-lived, after which they turn a sickly brown and persist way past the time when the party should be over. Not sure of this second reason: there seem to be many more specimens in Nichols Arboretum than a sane person would have deliberately planted. Syringa reticulata isn't something I would like to see spread into native plant communities.
I need new jeans. I would like to buy them from Sam's Store which has been in business on State Street as long as I've lived in the area (at least 40 years). But they never have my size on the shelf, and then the salesman always goes into the basement to check the stock down there, but they always come up short. It's an incentive to order on-line, but I'd rather help maintain a vibrant downtown. July update: I can't find my size on-line either, the reason being that my preferred style has been withdrawn from production.