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Black Friday Shopping

Scene: 9:30 pm.  A Pediatric Dentist and his wife turn in early because they are living the dream.  His cell phone rings.

PD: Hello?

Women with heavy German accent: Dr. Rencher?

PD: Yea?

Woman: I am Olga from the Hutterite colony Summerfest.  (name and colony made up)  Are you going Black Friday shopping?

PD: Uhm, maybe?

Woman: Could you buy me something?

PD: I guess… (said with intense confusion.)

Woman: Could you get me a steam iron at Sears?  It is normally $40 but is on sale for $20.

PD: OK (said with hesitation.)

Woman: I will be bringing my children Monday and I will pay for it then.  I promise to pay for it.

PD: I’m not worried.

Woman:  OK.  Thank you.  Goodbye.

PD turns to wife: I’ve never had that happen before.  Is this normal?

Wife: Yes.  In Germany, in the 1800’s when the Hutterites left, people would often ask their Pediatric Dentist to go Black Friday shopping for them.  And then they brought him a live chicken.

(Or perhaps the better question may be why my husband agreed to buy a steam iron for a random person because he’s their kids’ dentist.  If this gets out, we may be using the extra office space to open a personal shopping business.  We match your fillings with a nice hat and glove set.)


  1. Elena Aitken says:

    That’s crazy.
    Um…can I put in an order as well? No steam iron here though….but shoes…

    1. Marianne says:

      Yeah. I’ll be hitting Nordstroms so if you send color and size…

  2. Flora says:

    I think your husband is a super nice guy.

    1. Marianne says:

      He is. It was just a truly odd experience.

  3. Tracy Purdy says:

    That is seriously weird.

  4. Susie says:

    Did this really happen?

    1. Marianne says:

      It did. I told a couple friends and they’ve decided to call Kevin about some griddles and waffle makers they’ve been looking at.

  5. Kim Packer says:

    I am crying for laughing. That is hilarious.

    1. Marianne says:

      Some of the services have changed since you worked there…

  6. Kate McIvor says:


  7. Oh my goodness! I’m crying!! Bless Kevin’s heart and your sense of humor! By the way, you gotta let us know if the live chicken shows up in the office tomorrow! ::wink::

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