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Old 10-28-2014, 02:57 PM   #3601
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that's not even close to some of my "business dealings" when i was a scout in 6th or 7th grade.

we were hiking up mount washington in n.h. on one summer trip and just after we had learned the laws of supply and demand at the end of the school year, i put my new found knowledge to work.

my mom always over packed my first aid kit whenever i went camping (i coulda performed minor surgery with it). so halfway up the mountain, many of the boys started to get nasty blisters on their feet from their shiny new hiking boots.

realizing i had several packs of moleskin (enough to re-make a dozen moles), first aid salve, and my feet were fine, i quietly sold the stuff out of my tent at night to those with weary feet. the stuff works so good to cover blisters i was certainly learning the demand aspect.

i think i was selling it for like a dollar per square inch, or at least 2 king sized candy bars. salve was extra.

it worked like a charm for a few days until the scoutmasters found out and made me give the money back. well, how much money that i told them i had.

when the assistant scoutmaster (a high school student and eagle scout) came to collect the money, i noticed his labored gait as he approached me from the other side of the campsite.

he had blisters!!! needing the moleskin badly for himself, i cut him in on my business. he got free moleskin and a tube of salve, 1/2 of the candy, and 40% of the money.
it was really about 20% after skimming. i thought i invented thst, but little did i know i was just fulfilling a joisey tradition.

that was a great trip and i learned a lot. supply, demand, how to tip someone to go fill your canteen from a half mile away, and so on.

interestingly enough, that eagle scout grew up to become a congressman from the great state of massachusetts.

i gues i taught him how to "play ball".

and everyone thought i was going to grow up to be a lawyer, but that didn't happen.

i have some decency in me. gimme a break.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:45 PM   #3602
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:20 PM   #3603
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and everyone thought i was going to grow up to be a lawyer, but that didn't happen.

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What do you call twenty sky-diving lawyers? ----- Skeet!
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Old 10-28-2014, 08:56 PM   #3604
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yes it was.

i'm starting go infect you. mwahahaaaa.
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yes it was.

i'm starting go infect you. mwahahaaaa.
Yeh, it was Chief. Even The Pirate had a good belly laugh. I am proud of you.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:09 AM   #3606
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we allowed our son to wear sneakers with a velcro strap for many years since he refused to learn how to tie his shoes. (notice he's "our son" and not "my boy"" when there's a problem? )....
We have a braniac for a son. 140+ IQ, AP classes, college scholarship for academics, honors college...and to this day he cannot tie his shoe laces the traditional way. How does he tie them? Bunny ears! Ah, God love 'im - I know I sure do.
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:12 AM   #3607
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Reminds me of the birthday when someone gave my nephew a digital watch. His disparaging remark, "They think I don't know how to tell time!"
Our son's first real girlfriend could not read an analog watch to save her life. The car he was driving had an analog clock. If Katie didn't have her (digital) watch on when they went out, Goober would drive her nuts as to whether or not she'd be home in time for curfew. She was an honors class student too. What is it with the elite smart? They just can't function in the real world...
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:35 AM   #3608
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I recently noticed that my 6 year old grandson has learned to tie his shoes. I don't know when he learned, who taught him or how he ties. I'm just glad I don't have to do it for him. His father is from the generation who wore high-tops and never tied his shoes, although he did know how. He ties them now, and I don't really know when that changed. Probably when he realized that he's now an adult.

I hope I live to see my grandson become a teenagers. I'm so curious as to how my son is going to handle it when his son starts to do some of the things he did when he was a teen. DH calls it payback! LOL He didn't get in trouble, but he did some things that were very annoying!
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Our son's first real girlfriend could not read an analog watch to save her life. The car he was driving had an analog clock. If Katie didn't have her (digital) watch on when they went out, Goober would drive her nuts as to whether or not she'd be home in time for curfew. She was an honors class student too. What is it with the elite smart? They just can't function in the real world...
I worked for an atomic engineer. Absolutely brilliant. Dumb as a clump of dirt. I used to put his plane ticket in his jacket handkerchief pocket. Then I would have to make him look right at me while I told him and pointed to where his plane ticket was. And I would keep his briefcase open beside my desk. I would hear him mumbling that he had to take this document, or that one, and I would get it and put it in his briefcase. When he was ready to go, he would tell me he had to get his papers together for his briefcase. These documents were top secret. I would lock his case and then have to tell him where I put the key. This was a routine every single Friday as he headed out to visit the NRC in DC.
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Grrrr...

I walk into one of the two chain drug stores we have in town and ask where are the shopping carts. He answered we don't have them anymore. "Why not? "I say. "Because everybody keeps taking them" says him. "Why don't you get more"? "Because they cost a lot of money" he says. I say "I planned on spending a lot of money here, but I'll go to the other drug store that has shopping carts."
Guess who's writing a letter to Rite Aid Drug Stores Inc. ?
UPDATE: I got a call this morning from "Ernie" the local store manager. He said the corporate office told him to call me about the new shopping carts being on order. When I asked when they would be delivered he said they had been on back order for some time. I thanked him and told him to call me when they arrived, but until then I'll be shopping at CVS who has lots of shopping carts. Then he told me the hours he worked and that he would be happy to carry my purchases around the store for me. Life in small town USA.
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