In a blog post a couple of days ago titled What To Do? What To Do? I said I was trying to decide whether to buy my wife’s husband a Mustang fastback or a pontoon boat for Valentine’s Day. As an author, I know how important research is, so I went and drove a Mustang, and decided that while it was a really pretty (and really fast) car, it probably wasn’t the right thing to buy my wife’s husband. The guy has been known to have a lead foot.
That left the pontoon boat to consider, but as I said in that blog post, even though our garage is huge inside, it has a standard garage door about 7 feet high and a pontoon boat on a traditional trailer is too high and won’t fit. Rich, the salesman I had been talking to at Gerry’s Marina, suggested he send one of their guys over to our house with the same model of boat on a scissor trailer, which cranks up and down to lift or lower a boat. Rich was pretty sure it would fit with no problem once the trailer was cranked down.
So the other day one of their guys came by with a 20 foot Bennington on a scissor trailer, backed it into our driveway, turned the handle a few times to lower the boat, and it went right inside with no problem at all. Miss Terry and our friend Jim Lewis both agreed that it looked pretty good sitting there, too!
No, I haven’t bought a boat yet, but Rich did make me a heck of an offer. He wants us to come by and actually take one out on the water and see how it rides. If we have time we may do that. If I do buy the boat, I’ll have to find a scissor trailer, since nobody around here actually stocks them. And I’ll have to sell my Key Largo 16 foot center console. It’s a nice boat, but when I bought it I did so with the idea of it being a starter boat to see what I thought of having one. It’s fine for Terry and me, but if you have a third person fishing with you it gets pretty crowded.
After reading the blog about the boat, someone said that at my age, I should not be buying guns, and boats, and cars, but instead, I should be planning for the future. See, here’s the thing. That’s exactly what I’m doing. Let’s face it. I’m a 65-year-old fat man who has had two heart attacks. The odds that I will die long before Terry does are pretty certain. And if that happens, that lady is going to have a heck of a dowry to attract whoever replaces me. It really is all about her. You get that, right?
On another note, we all know that privacy disappeared the first time somebody figured out a way to connect a computer to the Internet. But sometimes it’s pretty scary when you realize how much of your information is out there for the world to access. Anybody who has done an Internet search for cars or barbecue grills or whatever, knows that within a day or so ads for those kind of items will start popping up on your Internet newsfeeds, on Facebook, or anywhere you go online. The same as they do when you buy something online.
But I was surprised to realize just how far this goes. A while back we started scanning all of our receipts from Walmart into their Savings Catcher app. The app compares the price a customer pays for an item at their store with advertised prices at other local retailers. If somebody else has the item for less money, the difference is added to your Savings Catcher account. Usually it’s only a few pennies, although a couple times it’s been more than a dollar per receipt. And, of course, many times we just get a message saying that nobody beat Walmart’s price that time around.
At any rate, we had accumulated about $77 in our Savings Catcher account and I didn’t know how to use it. So the other day when we were at Walmart, I went up to the customer service desk to find out. As it turned out, the first two people I spoke to didn’t know either, but they called a young a sales associate over and she quickly set it up on my telephone so all I have to do is scan a little code at the checkout and it credits the amount in my Savings Catcher account to my purchase. Quick and easy. Then, she told me that to speed things up when checking out, I had the option to choose one of my credit or debit cards to automatically be used for the balance of the purchase, if there was one, and pulled up every credit card I have to ask which one I wanted to use. I know for a fact that I haven’t used all of those cards at Walmart before, so I have no idea how they knew which ones I had and what the card numbers were. Amazing.
So the next time you freak out because the kid next door is flying a drone and you’re sure he’s spying on you, calm down. People with a lot more money and a lot more ability than someone like that already knows all there is to know about you.
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It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a just released audiobook of Big Lake Burning, the sixth book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – I love you like a fat kid loves a chocolate cake.