4 years ago, in a sudden flash of genius that was part brilliance part madness, I had the seemingly brilliant idea of giving my husband 6 pieces of paper with the words "one free pass" printed on each of them. It seemed liked a really good idea at the time as he is very hard to buy gifts for. However, one key flaw of my idea is that I had not specified the terms and conditions of the offer. I foolishly though that my husband would use the tickets for things like a night out with his wife, or a home cooked meal (clearly not cooked by his wife), a back rub etc. However, Marko had only one type of free pass he wanted, and he used all the tickets for that one thing.
Another major error was not collecting the tickets after use. After the 17th appearance of a rather worn looking ticket, I began to suspect he was reusing the same ticket over and over again. Cunning man.
Finally, I had forgotten the all important issue of an expiry date. No 'special offer' is offered for an unlimited period of time - that is hardly special is it.
My mistakes of the past came back to haunt me last night. While scratching around his cupboard looking for something, Marko found the well-used last remaining free pass and stuck it up on the light switch.
We had a good laugh about it, what an industrious chap he is.
Which made it even harder for me to explain to him that unfortunately the offer was only valid while I was in my thirties. It had unfortunately expired Nov 2008 on my 40th birthday.
Which goes to show, it really is so important to read the fine print on everything nowadays.