Tuesday, March 07, 2006

comment hard now!

With the advent of my birthday, I realize that I have hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise waiting to be obtained. I spent yesterday collecting all my gift certificates. I hear gift certificates often expire, which would be a horrible shame, especially for my people who got them for me. Hopefully I meet some cool store clerks in the very near future.

This Saturday (maybe next Saturday) I'm planning on going on the mother of all shopping sprees. I need YOU to tell me how you would spend one, some or all of the following:

$5.00 at Cold Stone Creamery
$5.00 at Blockbuster Video
$10.00 at Hollywood Video
$10.00 at McDonald's
$10.00 at Training Table Restaurant
1 (one) entree at Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory
$20.00 at Virgin Megastore
$25.00 at Deseret Book
$25.00 at Borders/Waldenbooks
$25.00 at Barnes & Noble

I also have a 10 minute session at Fastkart Indoor Speedway and a free carwash at Chevron Extramart.

I need your advice! I may not take your advice, but I at least need to get the spending ideas going. If you can't think of anything you think I should buy, try to tell me what you'd buy and why.



Blogger charlottalove said...

Cold Stone Creamery is easy. That fabulous cake batter icecream. Go big...get a bunch of it. I was going to suggest you put the leftover in your freezer but I remember you don't like venturing there...so share the icecream with anyone around.
$5.00 at Blockbuster Video: either Hotel Rwanda or March of the penguins. The latter is b/c it one an award last weekend and I think it looks funny. Hotel Rwanda b/c it won awards LAST time.
$10.00 at Hollywood Video: Whatever video you didn't get at Blockbuster.
$10.00 at McDonald's: Stand outside and see if you can sell it to someone else. Even if you only get $1, that's more real money than you started out with.
$10.00 at Training Table Restaurant: Cheese Fries and a heart-attack.
1 (one) entree at Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory: You realize you have to use all the food coupons the same day right? Therefore, cold stone for brunch, Training Table for lunch and Spagetti for dinner. That's why you have to sell the mcdonald coupon.
$20.00 at Virgin Megastore: I guess just get a virgin.
$25.00 at Deseret Book: a birthday present for your mom.
$25.00 at Borders/Waldenbooks: buy a book, get a gift receipt, take it back another day and go to your favorite music store.
$25.00 at Barnes & Noble: a lot of coffee. give it to the homeless in your area. save a little bit though because if they spill the drink, you are going to need a paperback to sop it up.

March 08, 2006 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this is J.R. Not anonymous just don't want to bother registering. Maybe later if I respond again in the future.

So, can I just start with Never take an X girlfriend's advice?
Cold Stone: OK so how boring is it to get Ice Cream at Cold Stone? Definitely ask what the soup of the day is.
Blockbuster: That's good for one new release/DVD and an old VHS. So, get Life Aquatic (R, I know, I know! But it's so funny!) and Metropolis the 80s soundtrack version.
Hollywood: Buy lots of Super Hot Tamales so that you have something to eat while watching the Blockbuster films.
McDonalds: 10 Hot Fudge Sundaes. Oddly enough McDonalds makes fantastic sundaes.
Training Table: Spoil yourself with the Hawaiian burger but take some friends and give them cheese fries.
Old Spaghetti Factory: I bet you could talk them into giving you an italian soda and then you get to keep the glass!
Vigin Megastore: $20 for a virgin is a steal in any country! Go brunette. Music-wise, you probably have most stuff I'd list here so how about both Norah jones albums. Fantastic.
Deseret Book: The Living Prophets CDs by Truman Madsen. Way good!
Borders/Waldenbooks: Do they sell software? Might I recommend Knights of the Old Republic. Definitely give in to the dark side.
Barnes & Noble: Buy Of Angels and Demons and read it while spending the rest of your money at the cafe, feeding and hydrating yourself.

March 09, 2006 11:16 AM  
Blogger Rhett said...

Alright... here ya go:

Coldstone: for sure the cake batter. I suggest adding the oreos. Its awesome! Or just buy waffle cones.

Blockbuster: try to buy another gift card.

Hollywood: try to barter for 4 old DVDs for $10.

Mcdonalds: $10 in fries.

Training table: cheese fries.

Spagetti Factory: just get the entree. Don't buy anything.

Virgin: since the "buy a virgin" joke is used, I say get some records or paraphenalia.

Deseret: 250 BsOM to give out or a nice relgious painting.

Borders: try to combine with Barnes card. Comics are good.

Barnes: comics. Or buy a classic and then go burn it in front of the store.

Use the go kart thing and for the car wash I say wash someone elses car for them.

March 09, 2006 5:16 PM  
Blogger Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

I've never met Charlotte, but I must say that in this case the much more funny advice of an ex-girlfriend ought to trump the advice of an ex-roomate (hi and sorry, JR). I particularly want to call attention to the importance of eating all the food in one day. With this in mind, however, I suggest two additional stipulations:

1) The McDonald's Gift Certificate be spent on the most highly caloric items possible, in order to keep things challenging.

2) You have to eat the whole ice-cream cake yourself.


March 10, 2006 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Your friends must really think you like food. Charlotte's post gave me the idea that you can sell whatever certificates you don't want on ebay. That way you can get the cash. Or re-gift them, which may be how you ended up with the McD's one in the first place.

Ammon doesn't understand how cold stone creamery works and apparently thinks that cake batter ice cream is an ice cream cake (or maybe he's dyslexic). But I second him on the Charlotte v. JR comment.

My only recommendation is a book I read over Christmas break: The Position by Meg Wolizer. Also The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen if you haven't already read it.

March 10, 2006 1:31 PM  
Blogger JR said...

Well that's the last time I post a comment. X Girlfriend over former roomate has some wiggle space but never X girlfriend over Groover. So why do Ammon and Fammon hate me so much? I guess I should have taken the hint when I tried to get together over a year ago and they stopped calling or emailing me back. Jon I hope you enjoyed your day of gift card madness and subsequently gained lots of weight.

March 18, 2006 8:10 PM  
Blogger JR said...

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March 18, 2006 8:11 PM  
Blogger Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

That's the last time I make a joke.

March 23, 2006 8:18 PM  

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