long story still somewhat long:
i've saved my birthday money to buy a nice pair of shoes
(we are on a pretty tight budget) (and i rarely buy new shoes)
i debated for a few months which pair to buy: the ones i'd been wanting for 11 years (chacos) or the ones i'd been wanting for the past 2 that seemed more practical (keens)
both were each the exact amount of money i had saved
i kept luke up at night making lists in my head of pros and cons
i finally made my decision (i'd go with the chacos)
but the day we finally went to get them it was "keen day"!
i couldn't make a decision, we went home, debated more
i decided i'd get the keens! i went back the same afternoon.
i talked with clayton, an employee there. i told him the entire story (with maybe even more detail)
and i told him i'd get the keens. but he said he thought i'd prefer the chacos!
we debated. i tried them on. and walked around with one on each foot. went up the fake mountain.
we realized the chaco's he'd brought me were discontinued. he checked their price: they were almost half off!!!
we danced around. he gave ruby a high-five.
and then we looked at each other and both sort of mentioned at the same time that i was saving so much that i might as well look at the clearance area.
we went over, and both grabbed the same pair of shoes at the same moment.
(not the same ones i'd been looking for, but a pair i loved immediately)
the two pairs together would cost just $10 over what i had saved in birthday money.
that is when clayton pulled out his wallet.
and gave me a special "$10 off your purchase" card.
i said "no!" he said "yes!"
and then, because i ended up buying keens on keen-day, they told me i had to choose a keen bag, for free.
and that is how i left playmakers with both a pair of chacos and a pair of keens, packed away in my handy keen bag, without over-spending.
i've always liked playmakers (where else can you get clearance smartwool socks all year round?) but now i am so their biggest fan.