This morning I babysat for breakfast, and got four merry munchkins off to school. Three on two busses, and one I drove to private school.
Then I headed out on my brave mission to find the elusive Nintendo Wii.
I pulled into Gamestop and barely beat another woman into the store. We both knew we were in competition before our feet hit the pavement.
I flew thru the door and approached the counter with her hot on my heels.
"Did you get that shipment of Wii's yet?" I asked with my new Stephen King novel in hand. (I came prepared to wait.)
"We did. I have one left."
I was thrilled. I have been trying to get one of these god forsaken electronic whiz boxes for over a week. Yanno, ya do what ya gotta do to see the smile of happy children on X-mas morn.
But nothing is ever that easy, now is it?
Before I could quick draw my credit card, my nemesis, (clearly an Ivana Trump wannabe) starts in with her argument.
"I called ahead! I was in here last night! YOU SAID 10 am, and its only 9:13! My husband walked in the door before SHE DID! He was just waiting for me!
"This lady asked first. Sorry." The clerk shrugged.
Ivana was ready to go to the mat with me, and it was clear the men watching were titillated with expectation of the foreboding cat fight.
Sorry to disappoint, but I was just not in the mood.
"You can have it. I'll come back another time. Merry Christmas." I said as I backed away from the register and left the store. The looks on their faces were priceless. You would think they had never heard of the spirit of giving.
I'm not gonna tell this to my son, but you know what, even if he gets a rain check on Christmas, and we don't get the darned thing until later, well, so be it. The spirit of Christmas is much more important to me than frenzied consumerism. If my boy has to be patient so that I can avoid being manipulated by some corporate marketing scheme, well, I guess that's the price I will have to pay for my principles.
So, I goes on across to The Wallmart. (Yea, even I bend my principles on occasion) I figured they might have gotten a Friday morning shipment too.
No good deed goes unrewarded right?
I found a crowd of about twenty people in the electronics section like vultures, waiting for the boxes to be wheeled out from the back.
"Sorry. No Wii's came on the truck today folks."
I went out to my car, only to discover I was the victim of a parking lot hit and run.
Life lesson for today: No good deed goes unpunished.
My hubby said "I can't believe you let that woman intimidate you! That's not like you."
"I was not intimidated. It was a matter of principle."
"Oh, so it's all YOUR fault. If you would have been a prick, we would have a Wii and your car would not have gotten smashed up."
"You should blog about that."
"A Christmas lesson?"
"Yup. Be a prick cause good gals finish last." He Chided.
"By the way, our deductable is five hundred dollars." (Laughter stops.)
Merry flippin X-Mas everybody.