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Sunday, November 27, 2011

MAGPIE TALES - I'M BACK!


This is a true story.

Way, way back in time . . so long ago that I can now remember the story . . . I needed a couch for my new, dusty, crusty apartment.  But I had little funds and so I found myself at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.  And there I found a couch.  A big, red, velvety couch.  They had it listed at $11.  I offered six.  They accepted and I took my couch home.

Later, I exhultantly called my Roman Catholic girlfriend and said "I've got a couch!"  I then told her the story about the purchase.

I expected her to be thrilled with my bargaining power.  She had criticized me in the past for paying whatever price was demanded, usually far in excess of what I should have been paying.  So I was thrilled.  And I expected her to be thrilled.

Instead, she said something like "you did what?"  I replied that they had asked for $11 and I bargained them down to $6.  "Wasn't that great?", I implored.

Her reply.  "You cheated the St. Vincent de Paul charity organization out of five dollars?"

Ice hung on her words.

I had failed again.

Later, I came home one night and found a bat flying around my apartment.  Apparently it came free with the couch.

But that's another story.

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20 comments:

Tess Kincaid said...

We got our first couch at a thrift store, too. $15 and we didn't dicker. No bat, though.

Stephen Hayes said...

My first couch was a sofa bed I financed at Levitz. I had it all through college and it nearly broke my back.

JANU said...

Buy one get one free?

Lowandslow said...

And that's how you were introduced to the thought process of women, right? What did Paul Harvey call it? "The rest of the story." ;)

S

Berowne said...

Interesting story, well written...

Lucy said...

Loved it! Interesting to see the same pic popping up around the web with such different writing attached.

Jarart said...

Pretty funny story. I would not have liked to find a bat flying around the house and probably would have to move.

chiccoreal said...

Moaning about a couch? Moaning on a couch is better! Tch Tch!

Trellissimo said...

Haha! Great story! Could I say i was batty about it? !!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

chiccoreal - Tsk, Tsk!

For the bat lovers, I think I've told that story before but I shall give it another go, maybe later today.

Helen said...

Wonderful story!!

Brian Miller said...

a bat...i want to hear that story...

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Helen - Good to hear from you again.

Brian - Be patient, it's coming up.

Carrie Burtt said...

You are a spend thrift....love this Bruce! :-)

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Carrie - Lordy, please don't tell my wife!

The Bug said...

Ha! That's funny. You know my (short) couch story...

Thérèse said...

Love the story! We too have a story about a "past couch" but I will never find such a picture to illustrate the anecdote!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

A free bat! Now that was a damn good bargain!

Anna :o]

Anonymous said...

strange story.
i'm wondering what happened to the bat

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

The bat is featured in the next day's posting on this blog: http://oddballobservations.blogspot.com/2011/11/batman.html