I may have mentioned in the past that there’s a particular cake stand out there that I really, really, really want.
I mean, really want.
Now, I know, no one really needs a cake stand, no one has to have one, but this one, this very special cake stand was “the one”.
It was a must have.
pissed and moaned whined about not getting it since the beginning of time. It was always on my Christmas/Birthday list, and even on this past birthday, the very special one where I turned the big 60, I didn’t get it.
I didn’t get it for Valentine’s Day, Easter, my birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and I didn’t get it for Christmas.
I, of course, was depending on someone else to buy it, being too cheap to spend $250 for a single dish.
And $250 is what they go for in antique shops, collectible sites, and most of the time on ebay.
You may wonder what’s so special about this cake stand. No, my grandmother didn’t have one that my evil cousin got in the will, none of my siblings took one from Mother’s house, she didn’t have one. There’s no sentimental value. I just like it, OK? It’s pretty, weighs 10 pounds, and was made sometime between 1932 and 1977 by the Fostoria Glass Company. The pattern is American. Not early American, just American.
And again, I just like it.
I don’t need a reason.
It makes me happy!
Well, after Christmas with some fresh Christmas Cash from Mother, I jumped on ebay just to see what was out there.
Sure enough, there was one UP for bid. No one had bothered, so I bid the minimum – did I mention that I’m tight?
The minimum bid was $90. I sat there a while as the price inched UP and when it hit $100, I dropped out, thinking that it would go over the top and out of my league.
The following day, there was another one. I jumped in again.
I stopped at $99.95. Since it was just too late, I logged off, gave UP, and went to bed, knowing for sure that some other cake plate coveter would out bid me and walk away with the prize.
Imagine my surprise the next morning when I opened my email to find a congratulatory message from the lovely people at ebay telling me I’d won the auction at $99.99.
That’s right, not $99.95, but $99.99.
As I worked my way through the twitter and facebook and other junk messages, I saw what I thought was a repeat congratulatory email from, again, the lovely folks at ebay telling me I’d won the auction at $99.95.
I was, like Vinny Barbarino, ‘so confused’.
Then I realized there were two different sellers.
Then I realized that I’d bought two different cake plates.
That’s right, I bought two!
Each seller sent me an email letting me know when my coveted cake stand would arrive. I was pumped. Oh, I don’t need one of them, much less two, but what the heck? Was I supposed to break one of those wonderful ebay people’s heart?
I think not!
So, as luck would have it, while at work last week, I was telling this story to a friend of mine who often is blog inspiring, no sooner had I said, “I don’t know what I’ll do with two.”, she whipped out her purse, slapped a hundred dollar bill in my hand and said, “Let me know what the shipping is.”
So, I’m back to one, that’s right one cake stand.
And to celebrate, I made a cake, a square one.
Now, I know you’re all thinking, “Now that he has the coveted square cake stand, what’s he gonna’ whine about now?”
Oh, don’t worry, I’ll find something!
After all, there may be cake, but there’s still no world peace!