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Parent's 50th wedding anniversary.
There's no pleasing...

 7:57 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on January 6th, but wanted to actually celebrate a little before.

Father calls me up to see if I can help with organizing a trip ( they want to go to New York City ) - being the good (only) son they have... I said sure, plus I'll pick up the tab... consider it part of your Christmas gift.

So far I have them booked as follows:

Round-trip flight from their city to New York
Limo from the airport to the hotel, and then back to the airport
3 Nights at the Waldorf-Astoria Towers
2 Tickets to the Christmas Spectacular @ Radio City Music Hall ( great seats )
Dinner for 2 at NOBU, with Orchids at the table.
Limo transportation from hotel to show, dinner, and back to hotel.

... and the response I get from dear ol' Dad - "sounds great, when can I get my new golf clubs?"



 8:11 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

(was he serious?)


 8:20 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

(was he serious?)

Yep... and even told me which one's he wanted down to the model number, and where I could purchase them. I simply said we'll see, and hung-up... astounded.


 8:26 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

You've obviously been far too good a son for much too long. Now your parents are spoiled rotten and it's all your fault. ;)


 9:03 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can I be your dad ;)


 9:35 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can I be your dad

You want clubs too? :)


 9:44 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Give dad the clubs. Feel free to sticky me about the trip details and confirmation numbers and let dear old dad remain more interested in winter golf.

- the brother ya never knew ya had :)


 9:56 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Okay... perhaps I don't have a problem with spending money ( just ask Brett about my last 2 Pubcon 'donations' )... but I was quite baffled by Dad's response after working so hard with my AMEX concierge. ( I'd rather pay extra to let someone else deal with it ).

It's either amazing or a sign as to how most Centurion or Platinum card holders don't take advantage of the service... or is it because AMEX takes advantage of you? I haven't figured that one out yet.

... or maybe it's just Dad that's taking advantage? ;)


 10:52 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I bet you he thought you were pulling his leg and he wanted to make sure he was going to at least get some clubs out of the deal.


 2:12 am on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

On the bright side...You still have a mom and dad, many don't.


 2:42 am on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, bulldog, that was the thought I had when I read the topic headline on foo. My folks did see their 50th together, however, and it was grand.


 3:25 am on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

See the trouble is, you didn't start Parent Training early enough. I started with mine the instant they tried fobbing off school uniform items as 'birthday presents'.

I was four, and they still didn't get away with it.

Or, we can do a parent swap! If I send so much as one lousy birthday card I get moaned at for 'wasting money'.

PS:My companion here says he'll send your Dad the clubs, if he can have the tickets, and extras. That way, everyones happy!


 7:37 am on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

But if the trip is a xmas gift aren't the golf clubs for his 50th?

Oh and BTW, what about dear old mum? ;)


 4:48 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

what about dear old mum? - Shes the caddy!


 5:17 pm on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

"sounds great, when can I get my new golf clubs?"

Response 1: When you use your own credit card to buy them, the sales clerk will give your clubs along with your receipt.

Response 2: Actually, I bought you the clubs first. But then you called me about the trip, so I decided to give that to you instead and keep the clubs for myself. And boy are they NICE!

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