Today, we are celebrating the day of birth of one Peter Wells Romenesko aka one of the most impossible people to buy a gift for, only because he has a tendency to buy himself the things that he wants.
Wednesday, January 19
Finally. I FINALLY thought of something to get Peter for his birthday. A Jordy Nelson Packer jersey. Peter’s favorite Packer. THE PERFECT GIFT. So I tell my sister Jenna (screw respecting people’s privacy) about it. She agrees. What a great gift.
ONE HOUR after I tell Jenna about this gift, I get an email from Peter. Please read the following correspondence (and I went back into my archives… This is all real conversation, kids):
promenesko: I need to go get a Packer jersey. We can wear jeans tomorrow and Friday if we are wearing jerseys.
svanderstappen: You’re going to go buy a Packer jersey tonight just so you can wear jeans for the next two days?
promenesko: It was inevitable.
svanderstappen: Whose jersey are you going to get? Jordy?
promenesko: I doubt they sell his, but if so it’s mine.
svanderstappen: I can’t believe you’re going to get it today.
promenesko: I’m going to be the only person in the office without a jersey. Even the Patriots fan has a Packer jersey!
svanderstappen: YOU’RE RUINING YOUR BIRTHDAY.
promenesko: Well. I can’t find any that I’ll be able to get for tomorrow. So now you ruined my birthday.
svanderstappen: THEY HAVE THEM AT THE PACKER PRO SHOP.
promenesko: They have 2XL at the Pro Shop. That’s huge!
svanderstappen: I’M UPSET BECAUSE NOW I’VE GONE AND RUINED YOUR BIRTHDAY BECAUSE I THOUGHT YOU WERE RUINING YOUR BIRTHDAY.
Not one of my finer moments.
So now, I am upset because I’ve ruined Peter’s birthday and I am back right where I started not knowing what to get him.
February 10, 2011
I broke down, went to the Packer Pro Shop and bought Peter the Jordy Nelson jersey. Even though he bought himself a Clay Matthews jersey. They didn’t have any jerseys left, so I got a custom-made one (it looks the exact same as a regular jersey, but it costs more. Awesome.). FYI: You can’t return custom-made jerseys.
February 11, 2011
Peter and I are heading to Lake Geneva for the weekend. After work, I went right to his apartment so that we could leave ASAP. There is a box from UPS at his apartment. I ask him what’s inside…
Sara: So, what did you get in the mail?
Sara: … Who’s that for?
Peter: … Doug …
Sara: You got that for Doug? Not for yourself?
Peter: … Well… I DID get two…
Sara: I am SO mad at you. You can’t buy things for yourself when your birthday is less than a week away!!
Peter: Oh my God, did you get me this shirt?
Sara: NO. I am not telling you what I got you, but I am SO mad because you are RUINING your BIRTHDAY.
Peter: What? Well if you didn’t get me this shirt, how am I ruining it? What did you get me?
Sara: I’M NOT TELLING YOU BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO RUIN YOUR BIRTHDAY.
Peter: Fine. Don’t tell me.
2 seconds later
Sara: I GOT YOU A JORDY NELSON JERSEY FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY.
Peter: … You did?
Sara: YES. AND YOU CANNOT RETURN IT BECAUSE IT IS CUSTOM-MADE.
Peter: You got me a custom-made Jordy Nelson jersey for my birthday? That’s awesome! Sar. A shirt is different than a jersey.
Sara: I KNOW BUT YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY JORDY NELSON STUFF BEFORE.
Peter: I’ll still wear the jersey.
Sara: WELL NOW I’M MAD BECAUSE I REALLY RUINED YOUR BIRTHDAY.
Please take note that we are about to get into a car for 3 hours.
*About 2 minutes into the car ride*
Sara: … Please don’t tell anyone that I ruined your birthday.
Peter: I won’t.
Thanks for putting up with me. For the record I DID get you another present yesterday because I felt guilty about ruining the good gift. But I won’t tell you what it is – I’ll let you open it and be surprised!