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Slippery Slope, For Five Hundred

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

So I got a haircut about a week or so ago.  Some may regard this as a most noteworthy incident in and of itself.  However, my hair was getting into the “hang just far enough down to poke at the edges of my eyes and drive me insane” phase, so it was unavoidable.

I wasn’t exactly expecting to spend almost $500 dollars, though.

You see, there’s only one place I know for sure I can get a haircut in Champaign-Urbana — the mall.  While they are rather close to my previous employer (The Store That Shall Not Be Named), they do a good job and I’d probably spend the same amount of time searching for another place as I do taking the Gold West bus line to the Red North.  My tipping habits did make the haircut itself more expensive than it would be for most other people, but altogether that’s only thirty, thirty-five dollars.  Spread over six months, I can handle it no problem.

It was after I’d arrived at the mall, but before getting the haircut, that I thought to myself that I’d just check in at GameStop and ask them if they had a Wii in stock.  Well, truth be told…I’d thought that ever since it had become clear I needed to go to the mall, but!  I thought it again at that point.  Wii’s are still in high demand, and they’d been sold out at the GameStop on Green Street, Meijer’s, Wal-Mart…they’re just not found at retailers.  So it was all in good fun — I’d ask, they’d say they were out, and I’d be on my merry way to cooler hair (as it applies to temperature, at any rate).

As it turned out, they had three of them.  They’d had five ten minutes previously, but two had already sold by the time I’d asked.  Faced with a retail price of $250 and the prospect of finally being able to play my copy of Super Smash Brothers Brawl, there was little deliberation in the matter.  And of course, I’d need at least another controller, Brawl being multiplayer and all.  And I’d need a change of pace from SSBB at some point, so as long as I was there, I might as well grab a couple other titles.

So there you have it, the $500 question.  And if you ask me, it was worth every cent.  Brawl is crazy awesome like a fox.

To the max.