H. Neal Glanville: Sales, fishing and thanking vets
Sale, sale, sale, most everything is on sale.
Ten, 20, even 30 percent off products we may or may not need.
But, if it’s a chance to save money, why not make the purchase? Two thoughts cross my mind when I see those big sales offering 60 or 70 percent off.
One: are they going out of business? Two: if they can reduce the marked up price by 70 percent and still make a profit, how much was it marked up?
I understand the theory of profit behind supply and demand. After all, it’s the beginning of summer and everything to do with “fun in the sun” is going up.
I’m not against fair profit or even a very good profit. I just can’t grasp why some businesses feel the need to take their portion of the pie all at once instead of a fair share each time.
It’s like a contractor justifying higher costs because his company is “too busy”.
If you’re so busy you can’t take on another job, admit it, recommend someone else and save the customer some money. They’ll remember you either way, but it’s your choice how you want to be spoken of.
I read the other day that Routt County is giving as much as $30,000 to have someone tell them again that its fairgrounds master plan lacks wings and a toilet. This can’t be the same Routt County that wanted the District Attorney to cut costs in Moffat County and now wants to put civilians in the control room of the Routt County Jail (attempting to save $6,600), can it?
Jails give me the hoogie boogies (don’t ask). But, I’ll be happy to drive “Blue” over, take a look at the fairgrounds, report to whomever that they need a toilet and some wings.
Heck, I’ll go for gas money and $50. No, make that $75. They’ve got a great Dollar Store on the far end of town, and I can fish my way there and back.
Life can be so good.
Speaking of fishing (how’s that for remembering the fishing report?), if you’re a pike head and would enjoy some extra cash, head for Wolford Mountain Reservoir.
For every live pike you take to the ranger station, they’ll give you $20. Not too often can you get paid to have fun. Again with the fun, my fishing “budette,” Jennifer – yes, Mrs. Jacobson, another one of the gazillion grand kids – is going to help me fish my way through this summer’s ever so tedious fishing and fishing report.
I hope she can stand the strain.
Now for something completely different
At least twice a week, Jane reminds me “it’s the 21st century, and it might not be too painful to take a step or two fo, for, forwa, ahead.”
Occasionally, her reminders are an attempt to try something new at a restaurant. Most of the time, it has a name I can’t pronounce or it’s void of any meat. I’m sure when she buys those weirdo flavored shakes, (knowing I’ll tremble when she tells me what’s in it) she’s gently pushing me ahead.
Although I do have to admit, out loud and on paper, that during the cycle of the blue moon I openly taunt the 21st century. I will take a short taste of Mocha Grande Cherry Ghetto Blaster, but that’s my limit.
Until next time :
Yup, there I was, surrounded by the fun of “Grand Olde Wet Days” when I said to myself, “Self,” I said ‘cuz that’s what I call myself when I’m talking to myself, “we cannot afford to forget our living and fallen veterans.”
Please, for our country’s sake, as well as your own, take a peaceful minute and say thank you. It won’t hurt, and you’ll feel better for it.
Thank you for your time.
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