BOGO – NoGo – SoCS

It’s Saturday. With any luck, I will clean the gutters on our house and garage in time to join David for a cold beer. That will mark the end of the 2022 leaf season – except for the leftovers. I’m going to assume those will be manageable, and that I can get our garden shed ready for winter. Assumptions aside, David and I are going to enjoy this afternoon with beverages and maybe some food. We’ll even try to handle Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘morning.’ Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

If we were having a beer, you’d be in a curious mood.

“Good afternoon, Dan. I have to tell you: I drove by your place early this morning and your yard looked pretty good. I mean, except for the frost. I could do without that.”

“I can’t do anything about the frost, but I think I’m done with leaves.”

“That’s good. I’ve been meaning to ask, are you running a Black Friday sale on your books?”

“It’s not Black Friday, David.”

“That’s true, but the sales have been running since October.”

“I know. My inbox has been inundated with offers, including some from companies warning me that their Black Friday sale ends tomorrow.”

“A bit odd, but are there good prices?”

“Shouldn’t your question be, ‘Are there good prices on things that I want?’ That is the point, isn’t it?”

“Yes, I suppose. I suppose you have an example.”

“Well, I don’t like to name names, but I got a Black Friday ad from a tool distributor claiming to have tools on sale for up to seventy-percent off.”

“At a price like that, you might have to expand the definition of what you want.”

“Speaking of what you want, do you boys want some alcohol to fuel this conversation.”

“I will have a Modello, Cheryl.”

“OK, Dan. How about you, David?”

“Do you have anything on sale?”

“We do! Buy one Bud Light draft and get a free refill.”

“Is there a similar special running for John Howell’s Bourbon?”

“There is. Buy one glass of John Howell’s Bourbon and get a second glass at full price.”

“That’s not a bargain, Cheryl.”

“I’ll throw in a second set of cherries for free.”

“Sounds good to me.”

“I’ll be right back with those.”

“OK, Dan. Back to your tool example.”

“The phrase, ‘Up to seventy-percent off’ means there’s one item, that nobody wants, that hasn’t sold in months, that is seventy percent off. The rest are five, ten, maybe twenty percent off, the same as they were for the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day sales.”

“Here you go guys. Dan, your beer. David, your bourbon, your snifter of seltzer, your ice, and those complimentary cherries.”

“Thanks Cheryl.”

“So, Dan. If you’re not ready for Black Friday, are you ready for Thanksgiving?”

“I think so. Ours is not an elaborate affair. What about you?”

“We are going to a large family affair – my wife’s family.”

“You must be looking forward to that, David.”

“Dan, you’re kidding, right?”

“Yes, but it’s only one day.”

“One day full of endless political arguments with my brother-in-law.”

“Can you switch the argument to sports?”

“That might work. Who’s playing the afternoon football game?”

“Buffalo plays Detroit at noon, then The New York plays Dallas.”

“That’s perfect, he’s from Buffalo and he hates Dallas.”

“You hate Dallas, too, and there’s no way Detroit is going to beat Buffalo.”

“I don’t know, they weren’t able to practice with all that snow they got.”

“It’s not going to matter, Dan.”

“OK, so you root for his team during the first game, then you can argue during the second game.”

“That sounds like a good plan. You’re better at this stuff than you realize.”

“Maybe you two should argue over what to have on a pizza.”

“That’s a good idea, Cheryl. The pizza, not the arguing.”

“Let’s just get one with everything, Dan.”

“Agreed. There’s a term you won’t hear on Thanksgiving.”

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  1. I loved the special: buy one, get one at full price! Cheryl knows her customers! I always figure that, when the sales people say 20% off something, they had just hiked the price by 30% the day before. The trestle in the mist — sounds like a good title for something, doesn’t it? Which segues nicely into congratulations on the third book!

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    • Thanks Maureen. That does sound like a good title…hmmm. I’m getting email from one company that has been “extending their sale prices – just for me” for over six weeks. It’s crazy. Black Friday originally the marked the day these companies started making money in the year. These stores have been breaking profit record after record throughout the pandemic. Thanks for the congratulations. I still have some work to do, but I’m getting closer.

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  2. Remember that old saying – Let the buyer beware? That’s what I think of when I see some of these sales. :-) Two of our neighbors have the same landscape guy, and he had his gas blower running from 9-3 for two solid days. He got all their leaves, but I sure was glad when he finally shut it down. 21° here this morning. I do think winter is knocking on the door. Happy weekend, Dan.

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    • My neighbor likes to do yard work early in the morning and late at night. It is good when the noise stops. Low twenties here too. I have to pry some frozen leaves out of the gutters, and then I’m done. Then I’ll rearrange the shed and point the snow blower toward the door. At least we don’t live in Buffalo. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Judy.

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  3. Congratulations on your latest book!

    Q: When is a sale not really a sale? A: When it’s on sale!

    Yikes! That truck has been around the block a few times, hasn’t it?! Hahaha!

    Smokey caught on fast Dan. He goes right to the food source.

    Love the misty trestle photo. It’s that time of year to see wires thick with birds trying to stay warm. It’s quite a sight.

    Beautiful shot of Old Glory with the wreath.

    Have a great weekend. Try to stay warm. Let’s be thankful we’re not in Buffalo!

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    • Thanks Ginger! I just said that about Buffalo in my reply to Judy – I’m going with great minds here.

      I don’t know how anyone could see to drive that truck home. The interesting thing is this lot is for the town-run apartments for elderly residents. Maybe it was the walker-lady that Maddie used to bark at.

      The birds know how to stay warm. The squirrels know how to find food, and Mother Nature knows how to keep us on our toes. It’s time for me to start laying in a supply of flag photos during the week, in case a freak snowfall prevents me from getting to the park.

      I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. I miss those huge dinners mom used to put out for holidays. Thanksgiving unfortunately will be a quiet day. It would be nice if it stayed this cool for Thursday, but it appears it might rain.

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  5. In years past, holiday meals were always a huge event for me. I love bringing family and friends together with abundant food and drink. These last couple of years have interrupted that joy, and now it’s phone calls and photos. I hope you have an exquisite Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. How wonderful that your third book arrives just after! Congratulations, Dan. 🎉🎉

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    • Thanks Gwen. We will have a small but nice gathering. No one will leave the table hungry, that’s for sure. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Thanks for the good wishes with the book. I’m trying to wrap up those final tasks.

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  6. It’s that ‘up to’ in those ads that you have to watch for. So devious to the unsuspecting customer. That said, I did order a new vacuum for $150 off from a Best Buy Black Friday ad. Mine died (after 15 loyal years!) this week just as I finished vacuuming the entire house. BUT–even though I could have picked it up at the Best Buy (which is 5 minutes from my house) on Black Friday, I am having it delivered the day before Thanksgiving. Sticking it to the man, right?! 🤣😆 hahaha! Santa was not impressed with that good feeling of mine.
    I really like that picture of the freezing water. I thought it was plastic wrap! Very cool photo, Dan. Enjoy the weekend.

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  7. I’ll wager you can imagine my opinion regarding frequent and early ‘sales’. Gouge-happy retailers offering consumers items at reduced prices which are closer to what they should have been to start with. Does anyone out there really believe sellers are taking any kind of hit on their profits? Show of hands… yes, can I interest you in a goose that lays golden eggs? 😁
    Looks like everyone is preparing for a big Winter, Dan. Give your buddies some extra nuts. 😉

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  8. So, Dan, the snow that headed east and attached Buffalo didn’t mess with you? That’s something to be thankful for. It’s been really cold here, but at least we only managed a couple of inches of snow. I hope you get your leaf work done so you can enjoy Thanksgiving and football. Buffalo and New York definitely and enough good food to make us sleepy!

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    • That’s the plan, Mary. We aren’t close enough to the lakes to be worried. I got the gutters cleaned. I have a few more leaves to rake, but if I don’t get to them, they won,t make much trouble. We’ve had lows in the 20s but still hitting 40 during the day.

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  9. Thank goodness we finished up with leaves. And we are prepared for the white stuff which is a good thing for we got that white stuff. Regarding the misleading advertisements …. when something sounds too good to be true, it is. The name of the game in 3D chess is money and more of it when any chance comes along. I trust no ad anymore. I just don’t. What happened to Black Friday, ONE day after Thanksgiving? I’m just shaking my head over the fact how crazy this world is. I’m shocked to see that Thanksgiving is next week …. how is that even possible? Time is flying.

    Great gallery, Dan. Thank you for combining an entertaining story and you pictures. Have a great weekend!

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  10. You have a much friendlier relationship with the squirrel race than we here. Our squirrels are crazed, never stay in one place for a second, and when they go to run they look like a cartoon where the character tries to go left and right at the same time. They would never “pose” like yours, Dan!

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  11. Sorry I’m so late to the party Dan but WP wouldn’t let me respond using my tablet. They hate me! And I don’t care. So yes I’m here, love the post and my favourite picture is of course the leaf. Thank you my friend.

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  12. Yay for having the yard work done!!! You’re ready for snow now, right? ;-) I love the ice photo with a bit of water showing a reflection. And, of course, the flag photo with the wreath too. Those new power poles look rough compared to the ones we have here. We had them all replaced in our neighborhood over the last two years. It’s a BIG job that I wouldn’t want to do, must be why they make the big bucks, eh? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope the critters get a little bit of the leftovers as they work hard to entertain us each week ;-)

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