The gift of life is probably the only thing anyone's ever given me that could top THIS bad boy. Hoop bought it for me last night. He spent all day researching and pricing the models before deciding on an upgrade of the one I'd been pining after. I didn't know how to react when he told me. I'm not used to anyone giving me such a wonderful and thoughtful gift.
I'm not the kind of girl who cries over jewelry. I don't buy expensive clothes or require fancy dinners. Yet every guy I've ever been with has just assumed I fit into that box, never taking the time to find out what really makes me happy. Hoop said something so insightful last night as I balked at the price of my gift, "I know you. This camera is important to you. You're looking forward to the pictures you'll take on our vacation almost as much as the actual trip. We're getting you this camera!"
The first place we went to wasn't selling the camera at the discounted price, as they'd advertised on their website. But Hoop was not to be deterred. We began our camera hunt at 5:30 and didn't stop looking until 8:45. After three hours of searching every store in a ten mile radius, Hoop and I entered Circuit City with little to no hope. And maybe we would have left disappointed, had it not been for the two greatest sales people I've ever met.
Hoop: What can you tell us about these cameras?
Sales Guy Doug: They're crap. *Tosses camera over his shoulder*
Tink: What about those?
Sales Guy Doug: If you buy one of those, I'm going to laugh at you.
Sales Guy Alex: You might as well just hand us the money right now.
Tink: What about that one?
Sales Guy Doug: My Ex loved that one!
Sales Guy Alex: And she was an idiot.
Hoop: We had our eye set on that one.
Sales Guy Alex: That one's screen cracks really easily. You accidentally leave it in the car for an hour and it's done.
Tink: Oh no. Really?
Sales Guy Doug: Unless you wrap it in something.
Sales Guy Alex: And as long as that something isn't black. Black is bad... No offense Doug.
Sales Guy Doug: None taken Alex. This one over here is pretty similar to the one you like.
Tink: I don't feel comfortable buying anything until I've researched it.
Sales Guy Doug: You're going to trust the opinion of someone online, who you've never met and have no idea is legit?
Sales Guy Alex: Most of those comments are made by the retailer or manufacturer anyway. They're not going to tell you the truth.
Sales Guy Doug: In fact, you shouldn't even trust OUR opinion.
Sales Guy Alex: But we don't make commission. So we don't really care what the hell you buy. *Throws another camera*
Hoop: Then I think we're going to get...this one?
Sales Guy Doug: *Nods head* Good choice!
Hoop: Well I know one thing's for sure.
Tink: What's that?
Hoop: I'm never getting a floor-model ANYTHING ever again. *Steps over cameras on the floor*
By the time we left we got a $50 discount on the camera, a free memory card, free promotional posters for X-Men 3, two free CDs and a case of, "Did that really just happen?!"
DOT: Twisted Tink is back! So make sure you stop by and check out why she's just "Hanging Around."