“Why not? I told you if you got the job, you got the lens. Buy it.”
“The good version of the lens is too expensive. So, I’m looking at others. I’m in information overload.”
“Which lens is it again?” Garbanzo was on his laptop doing work while sitting on the couch.
I told him which one. He is the king of finding the deals. I wasn’t having luck – but maybe he would.
“What about this lens? I just sent you the link.”
“It’s okay, but not what I’m looking for. But that price is totally right. Oh, my other zoom is about as good as that one.”
“Oh, well, I’ll see what I can find.”
Fast forward a couple days. Garbanzo and I are chatting while he had a break at school.
“I think I’m going to get this fish-eye lens instead.”
“What’s with the ummmm??”
“welll…..the other lens should be here in a day or two”
He sends me the link.
“You got me THAT one?! Holy fuck!! I was going to buy the cheaper version of that lens.”
“Hey. I promised you a lens when you got a job Just trying to be honest and follow through. Plus you wouldn’t have bought it yourself – I know you. So I bought it the other night while you were researching it.”
“Is that okay?”
“It is way too expensive.”
“I bought it used – it’s yours. Plus, I knew you wouldn’t buy it.”
“God, you know me too well.”
“Yes. Yes, I do. Is that okay?”
“Yes, thank you.”
“You can give me my thank-you blow job later.”
Yes, this is how things work in our house. I mention that I’m thinking about buying something. Garbanzo gets sick of hearing me “think about it” and just buys it for me. Meanwhile Garbanzo decides to buy something, buys it, then tells me when I ask what has just arrived. It’s all about balance.