Let me begin by saying holy crap these things are expensive. But I was determined to do my part to save the world so I decided to ignore the glaring price tag and continue with my mission…only maybe I’d start with just the downstairs first. So, list in hand I began gathering my merchandise. I needed 17 indoor floods and 28 regular light bulbs. Sheesh!!! I packed my cart full and headed to the cashier. I winced as she hit the total button and a whopping $180.34 popped up. I grudgingly handed her my credit card as I tried to rationalize almost $200 in light bulbs. I guess it’s a small price to pay for saving the earth but man oh man.
As I headed out of the store I decided to call my sister to vent about how much I personally am contributing to the higher cause. As I ranted and raved about the price of the bulbs I packed them into my car, shut the liftgate and returned my cart. Now I’m not one you would call “handy” and I certainly don’t always make the “correct” choices at Lowe’s so I decided to run by my hubby’s work to make sure I had purchased the right bulbs.
He rolled his eyes at me as I explained to him he needed to double-check to make sure I had gotten the correct bulbs but he went out to the car nonetheless while I decided to grab a soda. He returned about 5 minutes later holding a Lowe’s bag that was FULL of broken lightbulbs.
“Were these like this when you bought them?!” He asked.
“Of course not! I wouldn’t buy $200 worth of broken bulbs!!!!” I retorted.
“Then what do you suppose happened?” He asked.
I was totally confused as I began replaying the last 30 minutes frame by frame in my head. Everything seemed in place until I got to the point when I was angrily talking to my sister about how expensive the light bulbs were and was trying to close the liftgate on my car. I was passionately engaged in my argument that this “going green thing” seemed to be just a conspiracy to get me to pay triple the price for stupid light bulbs. At this point I remembered the liftgate wouldn’t close and adding to my frustration I had to bang it about 5 or 6 times before the damned thing would finally latch….
And thus, I ended up with a $200 bag of shattered energy saving bulbs.