I was enjoying so much success with my two pairs of beats and the iPod nano purchased on the Letgo app, that I decided to check out whether or not anyone was selling a Chicago Bears jersey. Lad had a Bears jersey on his very short list. Translation: I needed to score one of these, new or used.
Sure enough I stumbled upon a new-with-tags size XL Chicago Bears Trubisky jersey on Letgo. The tag said it was $100. The seller was asking $50. A deal! The seller was in Joliet, which is about 30 minutes away. Not terribly convenient, but I figured I would make him an offer of $40.
He countered back at $45. Done! It was Tuesday, a week before Christmas. Initially he responded quickly. He would be willing to meet me somewhere before 3:00 pm, because that's when he started work. I texted Coach and asked him if he could come home on Wednesday afternoon in order for me to meet Mr. Jersey. He dropped the ball and later that night when he got home, I reminded him. Yep. He could be home by 1:30.
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shots I COULD attach
included things like:
'Can you meet some time
(in all caps for effect):
REALLY NEED TO KNOW
IF I AM GETTING THIS BECAUSE
I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME'
Anyway, I won't bore you with multiple screenshots detailing my many messages to this elusive dude. While I waited to hear back from him, I looked at jerseys on line. Nothing in an XL. Coach, who doesn't trouble himself with gifts, weighed in with: 'If he gets back to you while I am at work, can you just pack the tots in the car and meet the guy?' Um, big NO. 'I am not dragging other people's kids to meet this guy who is obviously on drugs or something.'
There was a message mid day on Thruway that he could meet whenever I had free time. I messaged back IMMEDIATELY. No response. Finally around 6 hours later, Mr. Elusive sent me a message at 6:00 pm on Thursday to say he would be out my way at 7:00 pm on Thursday. In an hour.
Ed was home. He was in on my desperate attempt to secure the jersey. 'Should I say the gas station on the corner?'
'No,' he warned. 'Say the Starbucks. More mainstream people hang out there.' Done.