Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marriage 201, Lecture 291: Seek and destroy

Me: Another thing* we can give to the refugee family is all those beer glasses.

SH: What?

Me: Come on. We have two dozen Lakefront Brewery glasses sitting in the basement. Wouldn't you rather they were being used?

Another photo from the parade by where I read to the little kids.

SH: But what if we want to use them some day?

Me: When?

SH: Suppose we want to have a party? People could drink beer from them.

Me: I have known you for four years. We have never had a party**. Every time I suggest having a party***, you don't want to.

SH: You just don't like having stuff. Don't you get any pleasure from having possessions?

Me: From giveaway glasses from a brewery? No.

* I have seven sets of old sheets staged on the guest room bed right now, ready to take to church for the Burmese refugee family the church will be sponsoring. Seven. Seven sets of sheets that we can give away. We have enough sheets to keep, too, including sheets that have never been opened. Enough for the guest room bed, our bed, and the pull-out sofabed in the basement. Apparently, neither SH nor I are capable of throwing away old sheets, although I think only two of the seven giveaways are mine.

** Actually, this is not true. We have had a party. But it was my party at my house in Memphis shortly after I met SH. It was a successful party despite the lack of beer glasses. Indeed, all the parties I threw in Memphis -- and there were a few -- were successful (my two party fears: 1. nobody will come, 2. There won't be enough food) despite the fact that I HAD NO LAKEFRONT BREWERY BEER GLASSES.

*** I wanted to have a housewarming party. I wanted a mid-winter party. I wanted a Peace Corps potluck. Noooooo! Even when we had our families here for our wedding, which meant nine guests here over 14 days, including three nights of meals for 11, we did not use the extra Lakefront Brewery glasses. Yes. Extra. We have seven that are in our cabinet right now that we use for water and I use for diet Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper.


Jan said...

Why do men get so attached to that crap? He's not alone; I have an entire cabinet being wasted on giveaway beer glasses and shot glasses he collected from various strip clubs when he was much younger (and apparently had a lot more stamina).

At least the golf balls from every bleeding golf course he's ever played are displayed on a rack.

class-factotum said...

Jan, we also have the shot glasses. Not mine. I don't drink. Why waste calories on alcohol when there is butter? or chocolate?

And we have the corks from the wine bottles.

And the commemorative t-shirts.

And the hats.


Maureen@IslandRoar said...

Get those nice big plastic beer cups (I know, environmental disaster; sue me)and give the mugs away!
Who wants to wash glasses after a party, right?

Anonymous said...

What if some or all of the seven glasses you do use got knocked off the counter by Shirley and broke? Then you'd need to tap into the supply in the basement...


Melissa said...

I will admit that I tend to be more of the "saver" in this household. I do purge once in a while, though.

One example of something that we had kept for years and is now finally being used is our roaster that we got as a wedding gift nearly 11 years ago. It sat unused for 10 years, and then one day I got the urge to make a roast (don't know why -- hadn't made a roast at all during the first 10 years of our marriage). Pulled out the roaster to make the roast, and it turned out! I've used it several times since.

Sorry, I know this doesn't help your argument with SH...

Lindy said...

If I'm counting right and you're not exaggerating, you have (24 plus seven) 31 beer glasses!!Milwaukee has three nice household "consignment shops" where you could sell your beer glasses in sets of eight.

class-factotum said...

Lindy, I would love to sell them. SH, wouldn't you like to make money and buy more beer? BTW, I counted. We have four upstairs and I think two dozen downstairs because there are two boxes of those glasses boxes with the dividers.

class-factotum said...

PS Maureen - I KNOW! Why wash dishes when you can discard them?