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Parent's 50th wedding anniversary.

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7:57 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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LMBO!
(was he serious?)
8:20 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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LMBO!
(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 July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can I be your dad ;)
9:35 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can I be your dad

You want clubs too? :)

9:44 pm on July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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On the bright side...You still have a mom and dad, many don't.
2:42 am on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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 July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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what about dear old mum? - Shes the caddy!
5:17 pm on July 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"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!