I lived on a boat for many years until circumstances forced me to move ashore. I still look on that as a big mistake but I was unable to run a business from the water. Being away from the thick end of boating and now having returned although not, my wife declares happily, as a live-aboard, has come as quite shock. The plus side is that the skills I learned over many years at sea have all come back, albeit with a bit of coaching and some sore muscles. What I can’t get my head around is the cost. Here’s a typical conversation at the checkout on my now all too often visits to the marine store.
“How much? You’re joking! How can the price have increased by two hundred dollars?”
“When was the last time you bought a similar item … sir?
“Well, probably a couple of years ago …”
“Are you sure it was only a couple of years ago? Would you like me to check the price?”
“Well, of course because there’s obviously some terrible mistake.”
While the sales person goes off to warn the cashier about the obnoxious weirdo who’s arguing about the price, my wife tells me it’s at least ten years since I bought a similar item.
At this point a great argument ensues, usually as the red-faced store manager strides forcefully across the sales floor.
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