My Knives

by Jen on January 20, 2011

I don’t buy into the theory that college kids are poor.  I was student loan RICH at the beginning of every semester.  Yeah, maybe that meant I was eating black beans and ketchup by the time December rolled around, but for at least 2 months, 3 times a year, I was loaded.  And it was fun.  
My memory is crap, so I don’t really recall how much money I’d “get” each semester, but I do know that when a nerdy knife salesman knocked on my door one late Kansas eve, he walked out of my apartment with nearly ALLL my student loan money.  Nope, I wasn’t robbed.  I wasn’t swindled, and I wasn’t drunk.  I watched his 20 minute presentation showing me all the fancy capabilities of his knife collection and ended up writing a check for about $650 without even flinching.  Seriously, this guy was good.  Or, I was bad.  Either way, he wasn’t even out the door for 2 minutes before the cold sweats of buyers remorse started to form and the realization of beans and ketchup in my future started to make me feel nauseous.  I contemplated chasing after him and trying to wrestle the check out of his hands, but figured assaulting a guy carrying $650 worth of cutting tools might be an even worse mistake than  buying $650 worth of cutting tools!  Holy crap.  What was I thinking???  What college kid, living in an apartment the size of a cereal box buys ANYTHING from a door to door salesman?!?!?  Not my brightest move.
A week later, a box of knives arrived at my door.  They were sexy, and as the salesman promised, I wasn’t disappointed.  Broke as a joke maybe… but not disappointed.  Had I been able to afford any food after that purchase, I would have really enjoyed chopping the shit out of something.  It wasn’t until the Spring semester financial aid checks were disbursed that I was able to eat again.  (In my weight battle, this was one of my skinnier years.)  🙂
In the end, those knives have actually been one of the greatest purchases of my life.  I don’t regret them – just sort of regret the impulse and the timing of it all.  I do a boatload of cooking, chopping, and carving, so those blades have met their match over the course of the last 10-ish years and have proven time and time again to be the bomb.  So maybe, the smartest dumb decision I’ve ever made???

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s ever bought something from a door to door salesman……  Please.

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1 Megan January 20, 2011 at 5:23 am

i buy stupid magazine subscriptions every.single.time. some young kid or pregnant teen comes to my door selling them so they can go to college. what can I say…I am a giving person.or a total sucker.

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2 Mike Shepherd January 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

The last person I buy anything from is the one who knocks at my door. Especially during dinner time.

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3 kimberly rae January 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm

lol i didnt even know door to door salesmen were real people!!! at least it paid off in the end!

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4 Jennifer Bruno January 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Yeah, I would pretty much buy anything. Just normally, "anything" doesn't cost $650. 🙂 I'm a sucker for life.Kim- YESSS! Just some dude with a special knife totin' backpack walkin' the streets and making millions!

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5 Meara January 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

Those are gorgeous knives! I just got my first real set of knives from my in-laws, and I'm loving them! Meara at Not Twenty-Seven Yet

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6 Lauren January 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

No one has asked the important question: DO they actually cut through tin cans? :)I always buy things from neighborhood children, like boyscout popcorn or wrapping paper. Don't even get me started on how much I spend on Girl Scout cookies…

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7 Kaitlin (ahmymarried February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I have Cutco knives. We got them from my husband cousin. I love them. I also have a Kitchen Aid. 🙂

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