For our wedding Anniversary this year I got my wife something really expensive. It was a necklace. At the end of a simple cotton cord was suspended a small glass vial in which was sealed nearly ½ cc of actual gasoline! She’s not going to wear it in public, of course. That would just be an open invitation for some lowlife to try to pilfer it. I’m not terribly concerned about it being stolen, because I had it insured with Lloyd’s of London, but I don’t want my wife to be injured in the mugging process.
I also served her an expensive meal of fried rice and Vienna sausages that I had cooked on our wood stove. We ate it by candlelight. We haven’t splurged like that for a long time. You should have seen the glow in her eye when I told her the candles were to create a romantic ambience. It was only a little white lie. Unfortunately the mood was broken when she suggested we snuggle up on the couch afterwards and watch a chick flick. It was then that I had to admit that in order to afford the gasoline necklace I hadn’t been able to pay the light bill. We played a game of tick tack toe instead.
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