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Hard Sell

Sales people bug me.  Literally they bug me constantly.  Every single day I get at LEAST one, usually several, calls from automated systems trying to sell me this or that thing that I don’t need or can’t afford.

What’s really bad is when those automated calls happen in the predawn hours.  I can’t just ignore the phone because there’s a chance at those hours that it could be important.

So, I end up dragging myself out of a comfortable sleep only to hear a robot voice tell me that I’ve been pre-selected for a special discount offer on a therapeutic massage if only I’ll run right out and sign up for a ten year membership (payable in advance) to Joe’s Gym or somesuch.

Fortunately however I’ve got a plan that should sharply reduce the number of such calls that I get.

How Do They Do It?

You know how some people manage to end up getting all kinds of fantastic deals on just about anything?  People that somehow end up getting stuff for free when the rest of us have to pony up the hard cash?

Well my wife had that ability.  For example one thing that she somehow managed was to get
address labels sent to her free.  She’d get them every two or three months in packages of several hundred at a time.  Some time after she died I collected all of them together and there were well over three thousand assorted address labels!

The thing is that she never said how it was that she managed that.  *I* have never gotten any kind of deal like that for free address lables that didn’t have some kind of “gotcha” attached to them like having to buy something or donate to some cause that I didn’t agree with.

I don’t suppose it’s all that important, I mean address labels are more of a convenience to be honest and if I really wanted them they don’t actually cost all that much.

The big thing is the sheer idea that so many people manage to get stuff free and I’ve never been able to do that.

Hairy Cotter?

I was at the store the other day when I overheard something that just didn’t want to make any sense no matter how many times they guys in front of me said it.

The one guy was talking about a problem he was having with his lawnmower.  Some part or other was not staying lined up the way it should.  His buddy kept telling him that he needed to get a new Hairy Cotter Pin for it.

They went back and forth like that for nearly twenty minutes.  All the while I couldn’t help following discreetly just in hopes that I’d figure out what they were saying.  Finally they were in the hardware section and the one guy picks up a hairpin cotter pin off the shelf and said, “here. this will fix your mower good.”

As they headed to the checkout I stood there wondering.  How in the world had I managed to hear “Hariy Cotter” when they said “Hairpin Cotter”?!?

I guess some things we’ll never know.

Why My Lawmower ‘Retired’

It happened about four years ago now that my lawnmower “Retired” (stopped working).  In recent weeks I’ve been asked more than a few times why I use a weed eater to do the lawn instead of the mower and basically, that’s why.  The thing doesn’t run anymore and hasn’t even started in four years.

It had been running rough and getting harder and harder to start for several months.  One helpful “genius” who shall remain nameless decided to check it out to see if he could fix it.  He advised that the problem was in the fuel regulators and that it would cost less to replace the whole mower than to buy new ones.  The problem of course is that mowers don’t have complex fuel regulators at all.  It’s a simple demand system,

As it turned out something had broken in one of the gears that make up the excuse for an “oil pump” in the machine and it simply seized up.

I never replaced it because I haven’t had the hundred and fifty bucks or so that a new one would cost and I know better than to buy a mower used.

It’s That Time Of Year Again

No, I’m not talking about any of the entirely too many occasions for mandatory gift giving.  I’m talking about the *fun* time of having to mow the lawn.

Mowing the lawn is something I’ve come to hate doing.  The biggest reason is that because my lawn mower “retired” (meaning it doesn’t work anymore) a few years ago, all I have to do the job with is a Weed Eater Featherlite.

This is a handy tool for doing trimming work and it *CAN* be used to mow the lawn with but it’s a LOT more work to do so.  Given that my health and endurance isn’t even close to what it used to be this means that I am up to doing about 20 minutes worth or so per day.

Doing the lawn in such small bursts means that until the weather gets dry enough that the growth rate of the grass slows down considerably, I’m going to have a hell of a time staying caught up with it.  Usually I’ll finish just in time to start over again.

Too bad there’s not much chance of me being able to afford a hundred and fifty bucks for a new lawnmower.  I’d love to have one.  It would mean actually being able to get the job done in two days instead of about eight.

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