For sale: False Hope

This post from one of my favorite funny men reminded me....

(If you are easily offended, maybe don't click on the link.)

A while back my friend Courtney had posted about some great furniture she'd found on Craiglist. Of course, we don't live in the same state, and sadly, I have not had the same luck she has had.

Anyway, by looking around in Craigslist, I was reminded about Freecycle. I ended up finding a group in my town, so I signed up to get the email alerts. After a long time, I finally came across something I was interested in so I emailed back.

My husband was skeptical, but I assured him that I would;
1) Never go alone to pick something up and,
2) Never post something to give away.

I call the woman and make all the arrangements. To make a long story short, when we got there it wasn't quite how she had described it. But I could see the potential. As I am thinking of how I will redo it, the husbands are loading the truck, and my mouth spits out the words, "Wow. It is so pretty. I am really excited."

The look on my husband's face is priceless. He is loading up this broke-down dresser, and I am gushing like it is a handmade Amish heirloom. Even the other husband looked at me and said, "So, I assume you are going to refinish this."

Apparently I have a problem in this area. Big Daddy says I give people false hope.

For example, we were looking at houses, and had arrived at a house that was listed well below our range. Once we arrived it was apparent that they misrepresented what they actually had for sale.

I traipsed over dirty underwear, around tables with ashtrays brimming with cigarette butts, dishes overflowing the kitchen sink...I mean this house was nasty. And it was a mobile home. Not that I am above living in a mobile home, mind you, but I certainly would not list it as a two story, three bedroom, two bath.

But as the owner, who happened to be present, gave me the tour of her estate, I complimented this, that, and the other.

This was about four years ago and Big Daddy had yet to let me forget it.

And no, we did NOT purchase that home.

The point of all this is that I won't respond to Craigslist or Freescycle ads anymore. Some of them also give false hope.

Even in the personals.


Bridgett said...

You know, I'm the same way. I always try and find something positive to say to people...because they expect it.

So I guess I give false hope too. LOL


Fiona said...

Sounds like good manners to me! Or a little too much optimism.

Either way, those are nice qualities to have.

suzypwr said...

So whats wrong with seeing potential? Remind your husband that you probably felt the same way when you met HIM, lol...Glad to hear your grandma finally has a dx and is on her way to recovery!

Courtney said...

I think my CraigsList luck is due to the fact that the kind of stuff I like is rare around here, and most people don't like it. Danish modern isn't exactly a hot commodity in Indiana. I know it's hard with Freecycle, but I always try to get photos when I can when it comes to purchasing things - never make an offer on something sight unseen. And there's nothing wrong with being positive as long as it isn't putting you in a bad place.

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