Boomerang Christmas Card, Part 1

Won Over By Reality

by Tim Bayer

Tim Bayer

WEBSTER NY—(Weekly Hubris)—12/6/10—Quick back-story: My friend, Kevin, has always taken delight in poking fun at my frugal lifestyle. I was invited to Kevin and Kim’s wedding and, as a wedding gift, instead of actually buying something, I shot and produced their wedding video. (It turned out to be the right choice anyway, as they loved the result.)

To keep the frugal stereotype alive, instead of purchasing a wedding card, I grabbed the Christmas card pictured below . . .

Boomerang Christmas Card, 01
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. . . and inscribed it as follows:

Boomerang Christmas Card, 2
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Joke over—or so I thought.

Apparently, my frugal ways had had an influence on Kevin and Kim. At Christmas, the card found its way back to Cherry Hill Lane. The every-other-year, back and forth continued until December 2005, when my search for the card produced nothing! I was HORRIFIED. I was upset at having lost the card and, of course, it wouldn’t be frugal actually to buy a new card. (I’m nothing if not consistent!) Depression began to set in.

Then, the magic of Christmas struck.

In early December, I opened my mailbox and, inside, was an envelope from Kevin and Kim—the card was not lost! The reason I hadn’t found it was that it had spent the year with Kevin and Kim. WhooHoooo! Here is the inscription when I got it back:

Boomerang Christmas Card, 3
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In December 2006, a quick Google Maps search of Kevin’s address produced an aerial photo. A little Photoshop work, and Kevin and Kim received the following warning inside “The Card”:

Reindeer Target
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In 2007, the card boomeranged back to Webster—but it had been desecrated! The edge of the card had been bent over so it would fit in a standard, legal sized envelope. I laughed out loud when I saw the card and read the cramped inscription on its edge (“Like I’m gonna spend $ for two envelopes!”)


Boomerang Christmas card, 4
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The reason for the legal-sized envelope was because Kevin and Kim used a legal-sized envelope to send out the family Christmas post-card picture. The family picture duly accompanied my trusty wedding/Christmas card:

Kevin & Kim, family Christmas card 2007
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It is interesting to me that, despite popular belief, frugal can be contagious!

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Tim Bayer, Webmaster, and Assistant Editor of Weekly Hubris, was born and brought up in Webster, New York. He attended St. Bonaventure University, earning a BS in Computer Science, and then worked in the hi-tech world. In 2002 he turned his creative energies to product development and video production with the release of his first independently produced products. When the demand for web site design and freelance writing increased, he once again switched skill sets . . . to writing and web work. An avid or, to be more accurate, rabid, disc golfer, he may often be found chasing plastic while in pursuit of the perfect round on a disc golf course, or designing and developing disc golf products for He says he tries to find the humor hidden in everyday experiences, because, “life is too important to be taken seriously.” (Author photo by Tim Bayer. Author Head Shot Augment: René Laanen.)