Archive for January, 2007

Consumer’s Choice or Sucker?

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

I went by Eckerd’s on my home today and came across a rather interesting situation in the pain relief aisle. The 50 count boxes of Excedrin Migraine were priced at $6.99. The 100 count boxes were sitting right beside them and sale priced at $5.99. Okay, any idiot could figure that one out, I guess…now for the “Spanky Look”…

A pile of these was stacked right beside the 100 count boxes…

That’s a 100 count box with a free 24 count box attached. Price? $5.99. I went home with 124 Excedrins. Now how goofy is that?

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What a “Novel” Idea!

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

Not to diminish the efforts of SilverBlue in any way whatsoever, but I am writing a book as well. My book, however, is fiction and will in no way be a photographic ensemble suitable for coffee tables everywhere so, rest easy my friend. :D

My novel is set in rural Harnett County, North Carolina in the early 1900′s and centers on the musings of a 6 year old boy called “Tink” (no relation, either real or intended, to Tink of the Blogosphere). The title, “When Skeltons Rattle”, refers to Tink’s interpretation of the old adage about having skeltons in one’s closet. As you can imagine, a 6 year old’s mind can do some wild things with such an idea.

Tink’s real name is Thomas Henry Parrish and he is the younger brother of Jasper and Allie Mae. Aside from his dog, Samson, his best friend is a raggedy old man known only as Ol’ Harley. Tink and Ol’ Harley spend a lot of their time either playing checkers at John Allen Campbell’s store down at the crossroads or fishing at their favorite spot in the woods below Carson Stewart’s hog farm.

Things in Tink’s world start changing in a big way when a not so likeable fellow from the other side of Oxford comes to the area. Mr. Alonzo Jackson Barefoot (emphasis on the “A”) has a hateful attitude, demands to be addressed by his full name (a demand not often met), and ends up becoming Tink’s brother-in-law by way of a “shotgun wedding” orchestrated by Tink’s Papa.

Want to find out more? I’ll let you know when the book is finished and ready to go. Who knows…maybe I’ll even give you a peek at it every now and then.

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2007 – First Post

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

I haven’t posted yet this year because I was undergoing a bit of introspection and, now that said introspection is complete, I have come to the same conclusion I had at the beginning.

I have a problem with the execution of Saddam Hussein.

Yes, he was a very, very bad man…evil incarnate even…but what was proven by hanging him? What’s the point? Yes, sometimes I even have a problem with the death penalty here in this country and sometimes I don’t have qualms at all. Depends on the situation. Jeffrey Dahmer for instance, the death penalty would have been too good for him. Even so, his untimely demise at the hands of another inmate didn’t bother me at all. Uh, buh bye.

I don’t know but maybe what bothers me so much about Saddam is the hanging. I had no idea they still did that anywhere but I guess I really shouldn’t have been surprised given the atrocities folks out that way have a tendency toward. Humanity doesn’t seem to be their strong suit. Still, hanging a crazy old has been of a man…I just don’t know. Bothers me.

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