husqui Posted November 29, 2002 Share Posted November 29, 2002 $8.50. That’s all it was suppose to cost. Eight dollars and fifty cents…. I was contemplating a couple of day hikes/cache hunts the other day and as I was going through my equipment checklist, I realized that two of my Nalgene water bottles were on the verge of cracking. So I decided to buy a new one, just in case, and off I went to my favorite outdoors store. Water bottle, water bottle, all I need is a water bottle. That was my chant. As I made my way through the aisles, my eyes steered towards the trekking poles. I’m just going to look, I told myself. But dang, I do need a new pair as I now only carry half of my original REI poles as one shaft finally broke after over 5 years of use. A quick check of the model I wanted showed a $95 price tag --- want it, but can’t and shouldn’t do it. Not yet anyway, maybe it will go sale sometime soon. Whew, there you go, I passed my first test. But alas, it was downhill from there. Socks, I just remembered, I need a pair of hiking socks. Okay, so I ended up getting 2 pairs. But close by there was a sign --- Gramicci fleece wear on sale! Hey, it is getting colder and I just could not turn down my favorite outdoor clothing label. And then right there were some REI polartec jackets on sale. I do owe my niece a birthday present; after all, she is my godchild. And I just took her and my sister caching up in the mountains the other day, and she was freezing. Yeah, that’s it, I am going to get her that jacket for her overdue birthday present. Ah, yes, I just remembered that I’ve been meaning to get a camera case. Found it, perfect! I can strap this on to the front of my backpack for quick access during those photo opps while geocaching. Uh-oh, what’s that? Great, they got those cool, lightweight Petzl Zipka headlamps on sale! Gotta have it. Oh wow, that is quite a first aid kit. I really should replace the bulky “chest” that I’ve had for seven years…..hey, this is a must-have item! Are those nutrition bars over there? I was geocaching last weekend and I traded stuff for the Balance Bar that somebody left in the ammo box. Boy, I wolfed that thing down and it sure tasted good especially after 1.5 miles of uphill hiking. Yeah, I think I’ll get myself a couple of those. Oh, and I gotta get some for the brats (um, er, the huskies, that is). I have to give them something more nutritious than biscuits ---- there it is, Zukes Power Bones! Now I’m waiting in line at the cash register. Seems like I’m missing something, what the heck is it? Ooops, almost forgot --- where’s that water bottle? Needless to say, I am now poorer by $186.33. All because of a water bottle that I decided to buy from REI. Is it wrong for me to hate them? You decide…. I apologize for the long post but I just needed to blow off some steam. Thank you for listening. Quote Link to comment
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