Christmas time is not when I need unexpected expenses.
So when the roof of my refrigerator melted during our annual holiday neighborhood party, I was happy when the ensuing LG fight resulted in a free replacement fridge with very little threatening, crying and cursing on my part. I am out the $159 service call to discern the electrical smell is nothing to worry about and know it won’t burn my house down.
And when my 5’10” 14 year old daughter whacked her head on the chandelier for the umpteenth time resulting in flames shooting from the bulb to the ceiling, we are glad nobody got hurt and the house again didn’t burn down. We’re out a $79 ceiling fixture once I can find one somewhere else than Lowe’s, because now I must add that racist establishment to places I will not patronize. (Am I the only one that holds a grudge? Will my $79 really matter?)
But here’s what I’m really miffed at.
Boy, the 12 year old sports obsessed sweatball, loves college sports. So the Sandusky scumbag at Penn State lead to us shelving all his PSU sweatshirts, and long discussions about doing the right thing when you know there’s a bad guy in your midst and choose to turn a blind eye. Even though “but mom, it’s PENN STATE!” and his favorite cousins he calls Daddy Lion and Mommy Lion because they are proud Nittany Lions, both full-scholarship athletes that attended Penn State and now live happily ever after with 3 little lion cubs of their own.
And then we had to shelve the Syracuse shirts; especially as our upstate New York connection is quite strong and for many, many years he wanted to grow up and be the Orangeman in the dome. Not a player, not a coach, the mascot.
So even though the Santa list is long, we promised him new sweatshirts because he could no longer advertise for these schools in full regalia. We hit the shelves and purchases four sweatshirts: Adidas, Nike, Yankees and UCONN.
PSU and SU owes me $160.00 plus tax
And TJ Maxx, my favorite place for overrated sports clothing, is currently filled with SU and Penn State options. Seems to me there will be plenty of kids in the outskirts of Uganda sporting clothing of disgraced colleges, or wherever manufacturers send warehouses of misprinted championship clothing and whatnot.
Roughly $40 each, so I would like PSU and Syracuse to please send me a check as soon as possible, because innocent until proven guilty doesn’t fly when you’ve got a little boy wondering why he can no longer wear the shirts of his dreams.
Shame on you all.