question and a movie

For Valentine’s Day, my Patient Husband and I did the most romantic thing we could think of, keeping in mind that we’re both geeks with a limited imagination and no sense of romance: we watched the MST3K version of Warrior of the Lost World.

Starring “the paper chase guy,” it has everything you’d want in a movie. It has scenery, dialogue, and credits. Well, it has aspects of everything you’d want in a movie. But most importantly it has Joel and the ‘bots making fun of it. And this time, we decided to up the geek factor by downloading it from iTunes.

To make it slightly more romantic, my Patient Husband took the iTunes gift card that had come in our Christmas stockings and tried to use that, only to be told it hadn’t been activated.

I said, “That stinks. Do you still have the receipt?”

He said, “You’re the one who bought it.”

I said, “I never bought us an iTunes gift card for Christmas.”

We stared at each other.

I turned to Kiddo#1, who was sitting right there. He looked baffled, not giggly, so it wasn’t as if he’d done it. I turned back to my Patient Husband. “It was in your stocking, right?”

Yes, it had been. And I’d figured that was his Santa-gift to “us” the same way the bottle of wine had been my Santa-gift to “us.” But no, he had thought it was from me, and I’d thought it was from him.

So, who gave it to us? Someone put it in his stocking, right?

I said, “Maybe it really was Santa Claus.”

No one touched those stockings. They were filled after the children went to bed on Christmas Eve, and the only one who might have picked it up for us, in theory, had no knowledge of it.

So…where did it come from?


  1. Jason Block

    Santa. Of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. lbdiamond

    Whoa…dude. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. cricketB

    Santa needs a techie helper.

  4. jaed

    Quantum mechanics tells us that there is a very small, but nonzero probability that a particle will spontaneously disappear in one place and reappear in another. It follows that there is a much, much smaller (but still nonzero!) probability that an entire object, such as an iTunes gift card, will spontaneously disappear in one place (such as a store rack, or Apple warehouse) and appear in another (such as your stocking).

  5. Angela

    Another vote for santa ๐Ÿ™‚