Hey, have you heard? Hick went to Vegas for 10 days! And all I got was this lousy NOT-T-SHIRT! Oh, I'm not complaining. No siree, Bob! That would be so uncharacteristic of me! No, I'm not complaining. Just pointing out that sometimes, some people might want to re-think what they're complaining about.
"Oh, I got you something in Vegas," said Hick on Sunday evening. He and The Pony were looking at fixer-upper houses on The Pony's laptop at the kitchen table, as I got Hick's supper ready.
"It's not a $3 pink change purse, is it? Because I don't need any more of those."
"No. It's a good present."
"Did it really come from Vegas? Or was it from a truck stop somewhere along the way?"
"It came from Vegas! I got it in a gift shop."
"A real gift shop? In a casino?"
"No. Not gift shop. I said thrift shop! It cost me $12."
Hick set my gift on the table. It had been in his collection of items he'd put on HIS side of the kitchen table.
"I knew you wouldn't wear a t-shirt. So I got you a snow globe. From Vegas."
"Oh. Yeah. It really DOES have snow in it. Glitter snow." Said The Pony, giving it a shake. "Um. Uh. Wait a minute. Does it...uh. The sign is broken off."
"Oh. It DID break? I wondered if I could get it here without breaking it."
Seriously? Did Hick drive A-Cad off-road all the way home? How would it break, riding in a car? Albeit a car traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph work zone.
"I don't know if it was like that, or it came off when I turned it over to shake it."
"The sign was okay when I bought it."
"In the thrift store. For $12. I'm not so sure that was a bargain. Even if it wasn't broken. Doesn't sound very thrifty to me."
"I just thought it was something you would like."
"I DO like it. Maybe there was a big earthquake, and that landmark Vegas sign fell down."
Looks like Hick can't catch a break with his out-of-state sweaving, but The Pony caught an ankle break right here at work, doing what he was supposed to do, and I caught a break in my special snow globe gift from the thrift shop.
Compared to the $6 orange juice and the $7.98 lettuce, this thrift gift was not a bargain.