My son’s birthday party is coming up soon so I called the floral
shop at the Dubuque Hy-Vee to order the balloons because a party just isn’t a party without balloons. The women who took my order was very quick to tell me that the prices have increased due to the “helium shortage.” I had not heard about the helium shortage, she was very nice and explained that due to the short, rather warm winter we had last year, the amount of helium that was produced was lessened and therefore we are now in a “helium drought.”
Hospitals now get dibs on it from the manufacturers as they need
it to run different equipment such as MRI machines. She told me that one of the grocery store vendors is completely out of it for the year but another vendor is still supplying it to them. I was worried at first that buying balloons meant I was talking away from the hospitals but she assured me that it didn’t work that way. The cost for a regular old latex balloon is now $2.00.
I looked into it further and it’s true. This shortage will affect many football games, parades, parties, weddings and other special events. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a tradition dating back to the 1940’s where they release red balloons when the team scores the first touchdown
on September 1st each year. Typically they release 4 to 6 thousand, this year they are cutting the number in half. Keep this in mind when you do your future party planning as the shortage isn’t expected to end anytime
So back to the party, do you think the kids would mind sharing a balloon? They could pass it around and take turns holding the string. But seriously, after hearing about the shortage I had to order the
balloons for the party….what if this is the last year we can afford balloons? Or what if this is the last year helium filled balloons are even available? I better video tape the part where we suck the helium out of them and talk in funny voices. I’m getting sentimental now, it even makes me think of the song 99 Luftballons, remember that one?
What would our world be like with no balloons? http://www.kansascity.com/2012/08/17/3769880/helium-shortage-is-on-and-prices.html
On Sunday we went to a Family Reunion and a favorite food loved
by everyone is chicken from the Pizza Ranch. I know, you would think that a place called Pizza Ranch would have excellent pizza but they don’t, it’s the chicken that keeps folks coming back for more. I ordered twenty pieces of chicken to take to the picnic. I had a coupon for ten pieces of chicken for ten bucks. I presented the coupon to the person behind the counter and she made several attempts to enter it in before calling her supervisor.
The supervisor immediately found the problem, “I’m sorry, you ordered twenty pieces of chicken not ten. You can only use the coupon if you
order ten pieces of chicken.” She then smiled at me and handed my coupon back. I bit my tongue, grabbed my chicken and left after paying full price. I didn’t want to be late for the reunion. Looking back I should have canceled the order and then reordered only ten pieces and then had my husband do the same. I’m still mad about it.
Last year my order was 45 minutes late so I got online and emailed my complaint. I received no reply. I then phoned and complained and received no reply. You know the food has to be really dam good if people are willing to put up with bad service just to eat the dam chicken.
Have a wonderful day!