My dad’s pretty sharp but I didn’t know he was into bait and switch.
With his birthday rapidly approaching, he is beginning his annual “I know what I want for my birthday” conversation. Tonight when I asked him “what?” he told me a Sleep Number mattress. In truth we have this conversation about every 2 weeks. And every 2 weeks I tell him that I don’t think investing in a $2000 mattress at his age is a good use of his money. He is easily seduced by tv ads that convince him something is the best and that he needs it, like the best hearing aid, the best watch, etc. Later, unable to sleep myself, I googled “sleep number mattress review” and was directed to www.sleeplikethedead.com. Weird enough? I already worry every morning when I check on Pops if he’ll be breathing.
This website had an extensive report card for various Sleep Number models. But overall it only got an A- for sleeping on your back (which dad does) and longevity (which seems irrelevant). Everything else was graded below that including some D’s. Now I have good reasoning for denying Dad’s request, although I didn’t at the time, other than I told him I didn’t think he could afford it. Dad looked disappointed and then asked, “Can I afford a pedicure?”