So, waddya think, money grows on trees?
A little humorous New Year’s Eve tale for the Friday Fictioneer.
Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.
This week it’s:
New Year’s Eve with the Steinfelds
My stomach acid feels like what that fireworks display looks like.
You’re kidding me.
I just paid $1,000.00 for us to eat at this swanky restaurant, dockside, viewing the best fireworks in the entire state, and you’re telling me that it reminds you of your stomach acid?
I’ve had too much spicy food – and champagne also does that to me.
I can’t believe I just wasted a grand.
It wasn’t wasted. You enjoyed it.
Not when you didn’t.
Your happiness shouldn’t depend on mine.
A thousand dollars says it does.
Next time take me to a damn movie.
Just a guess, but this isn’t Rob and Laura Petrie, right? Some serious, if not costly co-dependence going on in this small slice of domestic “tranquility.”
Happy New Year and shalom,
Happy new year to you, too.
A costly co-depedence in the Petries’ house would have been breaking dishes…
I couldn’t resist.
hahahahahahahahah. Well said. Glad you didn’t resist. I think we should share a birthday this year.
Works for me, may we both make it to then (and beyond)….
To infinity and beyond? 🙂
Yes, I know it’s comedy but you highlighted some ultimate questions in your piece: how do we value things, whose responsible for our happiness, what’s the correlation of money to happiness, what makes us happy. It sounds as though your couple isn’t on the same page on some of these issues.
I like the: what makes us happy – which is the crux of everything – and how we accept the happiness (or unhappiness) of others.
I think it’s vital to realize that ultimately each person is responsible for hie/her own happiness. You can’t make them happy. You can give them the best opportunities to be happy, but they have to choose to be happy.
Yes, I was only referring to our acceptance of other’s happiness or unhappiness (the old saw: accepting life on life’s terms)
I know; I was just thinking out loud. 🙂
to both of you
Well this looks like a great way to see the New Year in. 🙂 I’m on the side of the one who forked out a thousand dollars, even though I can identify with GERD sufferer. Made me grin and wince at the same time.
Thanks for commenting. Happy new year. Love the hat, Sandra
Sometimes the best laid plans will crash and burn spectacularly!
a thousand dollars says they will… (smaile)
A thousand bucks to buy happiness? Somebody undervalued things.
Should have spent more?
To “buy” it? Deffo! Your best bet however is to get it from someone else. Then it can be surprisingly cheap and easy to acquire.
maybe Ebay? How about Craigslist?
Craigslist is your best bet! Though the happiness you get from there may be short lived and leave a rash. Happy hunting.
eww. I hate rashes
The Steinfelds remind me of my marriage except that instead of the $1,000, type in twenty-five bucks. Funny and perceptive piece!
So when you wife complains that the movie which you spent $25.00 on gave her GERD and you complain back about having spent $25.00, then she complains that next time take me…. (where? Ha!)
I suspect that she’ll be taking you to divorce court.
This reads like a story that has been going on for a long time between those two… no matter the amount of money spent. I’ve been with couples like that, and can only wonder why. Good piece, Randy… beneath the surface, it was not humorous.
most, is not all, humor has conflict or tension beneath it, wouldn’t you agree?
With a doubt.
Oops… Left out the ‘with’…
hehehe, sometimes simple is better….
As so many people like to say,
“Ain’t that the truth!”
very real feeling. I enjoyed their dialogue. “your happiness shouldn’t depend on mine.” –great line.
Thanks – and ain’t it the truth.
LOL, a tale of when “less is more.” Throwing money at a situation doesn’t insure happiness. Well done.
oooh – your comments remind of the Beatles song, “Can’t Buy Me Love”
On the bright side; a girl with such ‘simple’ tastes (no pun intended) would be a great saving on the hip pocket….! 😉
Happy New Year, Randy…. 🙂
I agree with that.
Are you available for a movie some time, perhaps?
As long as you’ve the ‘air fare’ you’re on…! 😉
air fare to the fair haired… mmm.
I may take you up on that 😉
Realistic dialog. Funny how we want to share good times with somebody and it just isn’t as much fun if we don’t. Some real truth here. Ron
love the bickering. very well done.
Randy, I can only say, “You really know how to impress a gal!”
Aw, come one, I’m sure you can say more if you try…
Shame they didn’t know about their other half’s likes and dislikes enough. Like when your partner buys you a kind of chocolates that you hate, or whatever. Worse than not getting a present at all.
Sometimes we think it’s something we’ll like, and when one of us doesn’t like it, the other gets disappointed and that brings the first one down, too. It’s only natural. Most people get over it. But a grand is a lot to get over – at least to me it would be. But then, the piece was meant to be humorous – for a grand if it upset you that much (it’s not like I did it on purpose), you should of just taken me to a damn movie.
But when a partner buys you something that he knows you dislike – that is something else entirely. That’s revenge, divorce, or a ritualistic murder.
Oh I love this couple!
I could watch them forever. Cute and funny!
They’re on reruns – I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Roseanne, Dick Van Dyke, The Simpsons, Alvin and the Chipmonks.
Quite an entertaining couple. Money can’t buy happiness or maybe they didn’t look into another’s interest!
If she wasn’t such a ditz she would have either taken some Ant-acids before and/or with dinner and/or skipped the champagne.
I told her not to drink it – and I offered her the tablets but noooo…. she knows betterrrrrrrrrr….
That was depressing. lol Sorry but to me it was.