Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. - Jules Renard
The computer parts were ordered and have arrived. Soon I will be operating on my new/old computer. All that will be left to do is send in the four or five bar codes from the packing boxes in order to receive about $80.00 in mail in rebates. If I were King, I would do away with coupons, mail in rebates, special store cards, small print in advertising, and all other gimmicky commercial come-ons. I would make stores advertise and post specials without anything else having to happen. If you saw an advertised price, you would not need special glasses to know how to receive it. I was in Walgreens the other day and saw a pretty good price posted under a product I wanted. I got two of the advertised items and put them in my little basket. When I got to the check-out, the clerk rang up a higher price. I asked her about the difference in the price she rang up and the posted price and she told me the lower price was for those who had signed up for their new special card. She then asked if I would like to sign up for one. I told her "no" without the thank you attached. Clerks should automatically give discounts to customers who place hemorrhoid medications on the counter. I also said that my back pain was probably caused by the thickness of my wallet which is the size of a football because of all the special cards I have to carry in order to conduct business. Like most clerks in our area she seemed dazed and confused because there were no pictures on the register to deal with grumpy old men.