Saturday, March 14, 2015

To buy or not to buy?

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, trolls and narcissistic millenials, pervy old men and gamer misfits: I need your help, for I am in crisis mode.

I cannot decide whether or not to buy this year's official Boston Marathon jacket.

When I first qualified back in November 2013, I thought it was a given.  I knew I was going to buy the jacket and wear it proudly amongst the running hordes come April 2015.  While there is plenty of Boston gear to buy, the jacket is the one must-have; the status symbol to alert others that you belong to a special club.

But then I got a look at this year's edition, curiously dubbed "Night Flash":

I was not crazy about the color scheme.  But who cares, right?  It's not about what it looks like, it's about what it represents!  And we'll all look ugly together!

But then I saw the price: $110, not including tax and shipping costs.  That's when I started to have second thoughts.

On the one hand, Boston is going to be an expensive weekend, and why tack on another big ticket item when there are plenty of other, cheaper souvenirs to be had?  With a baby at home, I'm trying to think more frugally than ever, and this seems like an unnecessary expenditure.

On the other hand, this could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime event.  I have no idea if I will ever qualify for Boston again.  Even if I do run it again, I will never have another chance at my first, and the jacket would be a great way to commemorate it.  And I have no doubt I would love the feeling of strutting around Boston while wearing it.

Just call me Natalie Imbruglia, because I am torn.

So what do you think, denizens of the internet?  Yay or nay?


  1. I am guessing there are many souvenir options. Or perhaps the Jacket, if nothing else, is an item your son can tease you about when he is a teen and or adult. " Nice Jacket Dad, did you where that at the Disco? "

    1. Ha, love that. I'm sure I will tease him a lot more than he teases me, though.

  2. If it's available only to qualifiers, as I think is the case, buy it.

  3. Go for it. If cash is a big issue, go ask your internet friends for a little fundraiser, sending them picture postcards from Boston in return.
    Keep running!

  4. Last year's creamsicle jacket with white letters that no one can read was worse. You HAVE TO BUY IT. And also, you have to buy the "My Dad's Faster than Your Dad" shirt for your son. He will grow into it, and it will make you smile when he wears it.

    Tom K.


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