In sports, you don’t mess with a hot streak. You keep doing the same things in hopes that they help you extend the streak. If you’re Steven Seagal, you keep making the same movie over and over. In real life, it doesn’t work the same. However, every now and again, if you’re paying attention, you’ll find yourself in a hot streak. This happened to me on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m hoping it extends all the way to Saturday.
Wednesday morning, day after Christmas, we decide to get up fairly early and take advantage of the early openings and after Christmas sales at several stores. We were figuring that a decent number of folks would treat the 26th like a second Black Friday. Luckily, we were wrong.
We showed up at Target a little after 8 a.m. and purchased some new HD electronics that they were practically giving away. Mom scored with the after holiday price slashing on wrapping paper, etc. And I’m not kidding here but 90 percent of the people in the store were women doing the same thing as Mom. From there we went to the mall and were nearly the first ones there. Using the same skills Sgt. Highway taught Recon Platoon in Heartbreak Ridge, we adapted, overcame and improvised. We made a beeline to the cellphone store and activated Riley’s new phone. BOOM! Done! Of course this new phone costs me $25 more a month on my plan. Anyway, while that occurred she shopped and found herself some deals on new sweater Uggs and some jeans. The jeans are way, way, way too expensive. Totally refused to buy her these despite nagging that approached new cell phone nagging levels. So she tricked us. She actually used some of the wisdom and lessons we have imparted to her. She saved her money, asked for and then saved gift cards until she had enough money to buy both without any help from us. I was both pleased and disgusted. Kinda like how you feel after enjoying a Tom Cruise movie.
I mean you feel pretty good that she showed the perseverance and patience to save and plan. That’s good. Too bad the Baby Boomers didn’t have the same talents. But you also feel pretty disgusted that she spent that perseverance and patience on boots made out of sweaters and ludicrously overpriced jeans that just look like somebody took a bedazzler and big heavy stitching to them.
Its weird what becomes cool. Cowboy boots and Jordache jeans back in the late 70’s. Shredded up faded jeans in the late 80’s. Now bedazzled jeans that really just look like Rob Halford’s leather pants he wore while fronting Judas Priest. Except they’re jeans. Whatever.
Anyway, all of us were able to exercise our various gift cards and Christmas cash successfully. New TV’s. Check. Rye’s cell phone activated. Check. Beating all the lines and waiting at the mall. Freaking check. We evidently were the only folks who knew about the early opening hours. We went through the stores faster than Carl Lewis in ’84 Summer Olympics. Awe. Some.
Then Thursday morning I call Direct TV to upgrade two of our standard receivers to high definition receivers. When I’m done with the phone call I’ve upgraded to two HD-DVR’s that will be networked together with our existing HD-DVR and I lowered my monthly bill by $30. A savings which pays for Rye’s new phone. Oh and the new HD-DVR’s will be installed on a day I can be home all morning. And its before the first round of the NFL playoffs. No cost for the install either. Which left me with the dilemma how to store and/or get rid of the two old TVs. Hmmm. Local garbage collector doesn’t take old electronics. Or the dehumidifier from 70’s that’s been in our basement for, well, ever. Or the old computer monitor we still have. Or the other old TV that’s packed away.
But there’s a place just a mile from my office that does. And they are open on New Year’s Eve. All I have to do is bring them all down. Furthermore I brought one of the three old TVs that we have into my office to replace the vintage Reagan-era TV in there now. And I successfully programed it without incident. So I went to Target and got a new phone with an answering machine built in to replace the phone and answering machine I’ve had since Clinton’s first term. Bill, not Hillary. Also got a new clock radio to replace the one that I’ve had since college. No, we don’t use our cell phones as alarm clocks. Sorry. Some things just need to be turned off at night. Remembered to get my sister a birthday card too.
BOOM! Hot. Streak.
So yesterday morning I did what anybody would do after experiencing a two day hot streak like that. I bought a powerball ticket. Then this morning I went bought a Hot Lotto ticket.
Expecting big things Saturday night!