Friday, May 23, 2008

coffee

I have to take issue with something.
Dave Ramsey... love him. usually.

But, today... I got an email from him (not because we're personal friends but because we've paid to take his FPU class)... and he had the NERVE to say that coffee is not a necessity. it is a luxury.

I'm contemplating my open letter to him. Something like this...

Dear Dave,
Although I appreciate all that you have done in your life and ministry, I have to take issue with one point. Coffee is not a luxury. How can I ask my husband to extend a special line item in our budget for Starbucks when you continue to claim that it is a luxury? Let me educate you on the value of my daily Starbucks ....

First of all, it is research... when I get the necessary funds, I plan to open my own coffee shop, and it is vital to my financial peace that I complete the research needed for a successful coffee shop.
Secondly, ... have you SEEN me in the morning when I don't have it? Do you work beside me? No... you haven't. And believe me, you don't want to.
Third, coffee improves my mental performance. If I am to succeed in partnership with my husband and our financial peace... in your class... it is vital to maintain a sharp mental capacity. vital!
Fourth, it's healthy. I know that you are not an MD...and perhaps the people on WEB MD are not either. But, the recent studies on WEB MD state that having six cups or more of coffee each day slashed men's risks of type 2 diabetes by 54% and women's 30% over those non java drinkers. It is imperitive to my costs in health insurance that I partake in at least 6 cups a day. Imperitive. do you hear me?

Dave, now I know that you are a very smart individual. I realize that you must have made a mistake. As a matter of fact, my husband, who never disagrees with you on anything... replied to my email this morning after I forwarded yours to him. He said, very simply...
calm down
calm down
it's okay
Dave doesn't know what he's talking about
He's just boof spouting off
You can have all the coffee you want, I promise.

So, Dave, you are mistaken. You must have been temporarily out of your mind to even suggest that coffee is a luxury and not a necessity. TERRIBLY MISTAKEN.

Apology accepted.

12 comments:

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Good answer Shawn...good answer.

Heth said...

You might just need to call in to his show for this one....

His Girl said...

12 hubby points for a well thought-through answer!!!

melanie said...

ok so monday i was giving it up, because jillian micheals told me to. it lasted until 3, when i was ready to cry. that might be the sign that i should have continued.. instead i threw the book away. bad book anyway. anyways, africa is a leading coffee producer, so maybe i can hook you up. so there jillian and dave.

ann said...

Tina I needed this laugh! Thank you so much! I loved your husband's response hahaha!

Gotta GROW with it said...

oh how I loved this post! that whole statement sounds familiar as I have one of those Dave Ramsey's classes under my belt. so I surely got a belly laugh out of your letter. my issue with coffee would be a letter written to my diet...how I can't give up the hazelnut creamer no matter how many calories are in this sweet delicious cup of caffeine! great post...loved it!

Beefy said...

CRACK. ME. UP.

Diana said...

oh Tina, you are so funny...wait 'til I tell you what happened to us when we tried to use our credit card last night...well, not here

momzie said...

I am out of coffee this morning and I tried to tell myself that it's not necessary, I can go a day without it, even if it is decaf.
Then I read this. I need to dry my hair and go to HyVee.

And how soon is the coffee shop coming, because if it's Caribou, I'm working for you!!

Angela said...

You NEED to send that letter! IT's a perfectly logical explanation.

PJ said...

we should pray for Dave's wife (He has one??) Anyone not given access to Starbucks and all things java....I don't know...Sounds like a prayer request to me!!!

Hubby was quick on the right response!

Diana said...

TO PJ- I wouldn't worry to much about Dave's wife, remember Dave IS a multi-millionaire now, they probably do have coffee in their budget--and shoes---and dairy queen......