Saturday, May 18, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up 18 May 2019

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Ever have one of those weeks?
On the positive side, the Good Stuff From Grover website is off to a...well, to a start. I've designed postcards for it. But...
Well, Grover tells it better than I do. You can read what he has to say.
To make a long story short, I ended up contacting Vistaprint. I've had them design things for me in the past. The quality of their work is solid. 
MS Word's flyer template (which I was going to use for postcards) irritated me. When I designed the business cards, each card changed to follow suit with the others. Not so with the flyers, and I was getting really irritated. 
I have a friend acting as a guinea pig for me to see if it is practical to ship the Peanut Butter Avalanche cookies.
I have gotten rid of the Forester. As I told my son, if something becomes an albatross, get rid of it. The Forester has been an albatross for a long time, pretty much since we bought it, in fact. A lot of money was sunk into that car. When buying a used car in the future, I am going to take it to the mechanic to have them assess it. I don't want to be driving around in another Albatross Express.

This week's food comparison:
Oscar Meyer Natural Selects hot dogs are good.
Oscar Meyer Smokies are nasty. Sadly, I bought 5 packages of these at the Kroger Buy 5 Save $5 sale. I thought I was scoring a deal getting them at 99 cents per package. No such luck. They aren't bad enough to take back to the store, because I know they'll just be tossed if I do that, but they won't make another appearance in my house.
We have a new microwave, which we got from Home Depot. The microwave ended up costing $10, thanks to the register clerk aggressively signing my son up for a credit card. This is a double-edged sword.
My son is unemployed. When he told the clerk this, she said "I'll just put in the minimum amount," which, it turns out, was $35,000. She sent this amount before he had a chance to say anything about it, and he was approved for a credit card with a $500 limit, which gave us the microwave at $50 off.
Myself, I'd have let it ride and just put the credit card aside and never used it. My son was so worried about credit card fraud that we ended up going back to the store where the customer service clerk called the credit card company. They reassured my son that as long as he made payments if he used the card, everything would be fine.
He didn't expect that he would qualify for the card. The only reason he let the clerk go ahead and take his information was the fact that even if he didn't qualify, we'd have gotten $25 off the microwave.
I don't much like what my son refers to as used car salesman tactics to try and get people to sign up for credit cards or anything else. Despite the fact that we got the microwave at a serious discount, it ended up negatively affecting his feelings about Home Depot.
We've ended up pushing the closing on the Grover Hotel out until a structural engineer can come in and examine things. The building needs to be up to code before we can move in. 
In other news, I'm casting my net about for a good used Prius, which we will buy outright. We'll be having to come to Denver once a week, and the gas mileage on the Ford Fusion will put us in the poor house if that's the car we're using. It gets 17 MPG in the city and 22 on the highway. We're going to need to do better than that.
I saw a picture of a used Tesla, which was so glorious that I swear I would have stuck my left leg in a wood chipper if doing so meant I could have that car. Sadly, at $42,000 it will never be mine. But I won't wait for a midnight confession to tell you that I love it.


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