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December 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 6


Publisher's Note

Where’s Monty Python When We Need Him?

As many of you know, I’m not much of a philosopher. (In fact, as Carol delights in pointing out — I probably can’t even spell the word without Spell Check!) I generally accept life as it comes and deal with it according “to Charles.” Nothing too deep, nothing a new camera won’t solve, let’s just get the job done — sort of a Monty Python outlook without the coconuts.
So, for this month’s Publisher’s Note, I’m faced with a conundrum (another gift from Spell Check). Do I bore you with my business ideas or bore you with my latest exploits? Well, lucky for you I’d much rather tell you about my latest run-in with the law — specifically Carol’s Law of Gift Cards!
Carol (a.k.a. Scrooge) believes that when you get a gift card, you only purchase something for the value of the card without additional cash upgrades. Have you ever tried to go to Best Buy with a $25 gift card? Short of buying a pack of batteries (of which I already have a year’s supply), it’s almost impossible. So, then I decided to TRY to engineer a trade with her. I would swap her a $25 Macy’s gift card I’d gotten for Father’s Day for $25 in cash, which I could then add to my $25 Best Buy card, leaving me with the $50 I needed for my new camera gadget. Some might call this a no-brainer. Well welcome to my world — Carol’s response was that we would then be OUT $25 in cash for a frivolous purchase, thus defeating the purpose of using the Macy’s gift card for something I actually need, and will no doubt eventually purchase … (This is where I usually think about riding off into the sunset on one of those fake Spamalot horses!) Then I tried the old, “They might go out of business like all the other electronics stores …,” line. To which Carol replied, “If you keep spending $25 here or there, we will be joining them!”
But back to Monty Python … the holidays are approaching and while they might not be the perfect season we would all like (free of exhausting politics and dire predictions) … if you’re reading this — you’re still kicking and breathing! So, my holiday gift to all of you is this suggestion: rent a copy of a Monty Python movie, pop some popcorn and for Carol’s sake, don’t go adding cash to those gift card purchases!
As I’ve said for the past 15 years, whether you celebrate with a Christmas Goose or Gefilte Fish, say Feliz Navidad or Happy Kwanzaa, have a wonderful holiday and a safe and Happy New Year! 

Charles can be reached at

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