June 07, 2005

The Case of the Cursed Birthday

Shelby's birthday is coming up soon (the 15th, for those of you who'd like to send cards and e-mails), and I've been keeping a mental list of possible birthday presents. Last Sunday I drove around town, running down the items on my list one by one, only to be rebuffed at every turn -- "we don't have that size right now" (the only sizes they did have were children's small, children's medium, and adult XXXL). "I'm sorry, that's out of stock until mid-to-late July." "We don't have any of those, either."

After having taken a few rainchecks, I went back home, dejected -- here we are, living in Orange County, materialist paradise, and I was a bad shopper. But I knew that Shelby wouldn't go completely giftless, as I'd made an Amazon.com order a few days before.

Well, this morning I got an e-mail from Amazon, telling me that the books I'd ordered for our house had already shipped, and the book I'd ordered for myself was also coming right along -- but that everything I'd ordered for Shelby's birthday was delayed for another week or two. Maybe more.

This birthday is cursed, I tell you -- cursed!

Shelby has made it known that she'd like to go to the Lazy Dog Cafe for a birthday dinner, but I'm not sure I want to jinx a favorite eatery like that -- at the rate we're going, we'll pull into the parking lot to find the place on fire.

Posted by Kevin at June 7, 2005 10:46 AM