Brookstone is selling live frogs…amungst other things…

So I was walking past Brookstone the other day.  I was going to look for a really cool night light that I left in Los Angeles when I moved, and I saw this in their display window, and stared in horror:

http://www.brookstone.com/Frog-O-Sphere-frogs.html?bkiid=hmpg|mn_flash|633156P|new|s1

This disturbed me.  When I lived in LA some Targets were selling live frogs, well…most of them were dead that were on display.  It was a bit creepy.  I guess Brookstone decided to really perfect it a few years later and re-market.

So I enter the Brookstone looking for this night light and the young annoying salesguy approaches me:

“I saw you looking at our display..here are the frogs.”

“Uh…no thanks,I don’t really have time or energy for pet frogs at this point in my life.”

“Let me tell you something…you do.  You don’t even need to feed them.” He started to go off on a tangent about why I should buy frogs from them, and I stopped him.

“I’m sorry, but no offense, I’m too old to have pet frogs!”  His face fell into sadness, along with another salesguy in his late 40’s.  I had a feeling they had purchased pet frogs with their employee discount.  I walked around the store and was ambushed  by several other employees asking if I was looking for a gift for someone.  I didn’t even bother to look for the night light.  I saw an “insomnia machine”, that seemed intriguing until I noticed it’s $200 price tag.  No thanks Brookstone!

Someone I work with has a pet mouse.  This person is in their late 20’s.  I do not mean to offend those of you who have pets such as these, but I would not be caught with a “elementary school” pet at this point in my life.  Anything smaller than a housecat doesn’t appeal to me.  I think if I walked into a guy’s apartment and saw a gerbil in his living room in a cage with a wheel…I’d be a little turned off and sceeved out, and I’d probably start thinking about Richard Gere.

On a bittersweet note…there ARE still nice guys out there…of course you don’t always end up with them. For the FIRST time ever, I had a guy on the rebound be HONEST with me.

I had been spending some quality time with a male friend of mine.  We were mainly friends, but of course at times were more than just that.  This male friend and I have known each other for well over a year.  We both had weird timing with relationships.  He was in one…I wasn’t…I was in one…then he wasn’t.  Then we both were getting over our ex’s, and spent some quality friend time together.  I wasn’t really sure what was happening, but I was really excited to get to know him better and spend time with him.  All the while, I knew he missed his ex.  He told me.  He kept me posted. He was 100% honest, and he’s basically told me they’re getting back together.  I’m bummed!  Sure I am…but you know what.  We’re still friends.  He was honest about the whole thing.  I have so much respect for him for that. I knew from the get go what his deal was.  He never hid anything.  Of course I don’t want things to work out with his ex, but you know what…ultimately if that’s what will make him happy…maybe that’s what I do want.  Of course I miss getting the “hi pal” text messages I got from him before they got back together, and I probably won’t be spending that much time with him now that she’s back in the picture.  I got the respect I wanted.  He’s an upstanding guy, and if things don’t work out with him and his ex, I’d be more apt to give him a shot because of his honesty. I have no respect for liars.

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