A few weeks back, I came across an old wallet in my closet. Looking through it for money (does anybody else do this?); I found an old Joseph-Beth gift card. I think CityBeat gave it to me one year as a Christmas gift. It’s not one of those new plastic gift cards that look like a credit card. It’s made of thick cardboard with a barcode on the back. It’s got to be at least four years old.
I remembered it being for fifty bucks and I remembered going to Joseph-Beth and using a portion of the money on the card to buy books. I looked at the back of the card. The cashier had written that I still had $15.31 left on it.
I had no idea if after all these years if the card would still be good, so I called them. I gave the person I was talking to the numbers listed right under the barcode. Within only a few seconds, I found out that $15.31 was still there waiting for me.
My friends Jan and Jim and myself headed out to the Joseph-Beth in Norwood this past Saturday. I was all excited about it. In my head, there were books that I wanted to get but didn’t really want to spend the money on. Now, I didn’t have to. I could use the gift card.
To make a long story short, I looked and looked and looked for the books I wanted—even asked for help from a Joseph-Beth employee—and didn’t find any of them. I felt disappointed and defeated.
I ended up going to the bargain bin and getting a couple of books by writers I’m not familiar with. The cashier gave my gift card a funny look, guess their new ones are now made of plastic, but she entered it into the computer cash register, and sure enough that $15.31 was still good.
Within walking distance from Joseph-Beth is a Longhorn Steakhouse. After shopping, Jan and Jim and I decided to get a late lunch, so we walked over. It’s been years since I’ve been to Longhorn and I’m glad to see they no longer have all those stuffed, dead animals on the wall. The removal of that horrible sight made the food taste better.
Anyway, it was great to hang out with Jan and Jim and I’ve still got $4.68 left on that Joseph-Beth gift card—not enough money to purchase a book at full price. I guess the next time I go there, I’ll be heading back to the bargain bin.
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