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December 22, 2011

The pig that popped my Christmas

Jeffersonville — My son has been asking for one thing this Christmas — a Pop the Pig game.

It’s like Hungry, Hungry Hippos; only instead of a hippo and marbles, it’s a pig dressed as a chef that you feed small plastic burgers. The more bites the pig takes, the bigger its belly grows ... until it pops.

On my one day reserved for knocking out all my shopping duties, I visited four different toy departments and was told four different times they were out of stock. When I thought to have Amazon.com send one to my house, it was going to cost more than three times its $19.99 off-the-shelf price. I couldn’t do it.

Today, I happened to be poking around online and found that a nearby store’s website had a “limited supply” listed in stock. I called to confirm and was told they had three on the shelf.

“Ha!” I thought to myself, “I got one.”

I was so excited that I jumped in my car to spend my lunch hour speed walking down toy aisles. I was going to call my husband and gloat; but, then thought it best not to waste time making phone calls.

Having searched for the game just days earlier, I already knew where to look. My eyes scanned the games for ages 3+ from the top row to the bottom. It had to be there. Less than 30 minutes ago, they told me there were three in stock. And then I saw it, or better, where it was supposed to be. The Pop the Pig sticker was on the shelf, but the spot was empty.

I panicked. I started moving other games around to see if one had gotten pushed behind the numerous Whack-a-Mole and Crocodile Dentist boxes. I moved over to the age 12-and-up board games to see if one of my Pop the Pigs was hiding beside a Trivial Pursuit or Pictionary box.

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