Wednesday, August 16, 2006

$50 Gift Certificate

Two years ago when I got my cell phone, I got a $50 gift certificate for Sharper Image. Today I had a doctor's appointment downtown, so I decided it was time to use the gift certificate before it disintegrated.

But there was nothing at Sharper Image. Nothing. Pillows that astronauts use, huge unwieldy vibrators, CD spinners, remote control dogs that were not cute. I left. After lunch, on the way back to the parking garage, I played the abyss game. I told myself that either I had to use the gift certificate today, or fall into the abyss.

Here's what I ended up with: a 10 piece silicone Flexi-Cake set in a battered box, marked down from $49.95 to $29.95. Then I grabbed 2 Stretchy Centipedes and 3 Puffer Balls out of the toy section so that I would spend almost exactly $50.

But back to the cake set. The box says: Also great for popsicles, ice-cream, and Jell-O!!! But has either of my readers ever really baked using these rubbery things? Do they not melt in a glob at the bottom of your oven?