What Did He Buy?

Guest Post by Michael Chambers
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A friend of mine knew that I was a New England Patriots fan. In 1986, he decided that if he were to ever attend the Super Bowl, it would be then. The Patriots were playing the Bears. I don’t think he sought to buy the tickets to hold it over me, but he did purchase tickets from a scalper. That Super Bowl was in New Orleans and my friend laid out $2000 each for him and his wife. Scalping tickets was illegal so he bought two pens for $4000 and the tickets were a promotional item to get people to buy the pens. I don’t know if he ever got those pens but he did get the Super Bowl tickets and was off to New Orleans in January.

What is the point of this story? Well, my friend did not buy two pens for $4000. He bought two Super Bowl tickets for $4000. Duh!!! Yes, the scalper was engaging in illegal activities. Yes, my friend knew that he was not buying pens. Yes, the money was laundered so the overseers would not be able to prove what was patently obvious.
My friend came home thoroughly disappointed by the outcome of the game. He told me he spent $4000 for tickets, about $500 for two nights in a motel and about $500 for transportation to New Orleans and the Patriots got routed. He said he didn’t get his money’s worth because he did not cheer for anything after the first quarter and that the Chicago fans offered their sympathy to him because even they felt odd about the game’s outcome. What a waste of money, my friend complained.

My attitude was, just because you spent $4000 on two pens does not mean that the fates will write you a happy ending. So the next time you spend an outrageous amount of money, presumably for a piece of junk, don’t expect you will get your money’s worth.