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There’s A War Going On . . .

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. And a month later it gave birth to one of the most haunting songs ever written.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called ‘gitche gumee’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy

For a little more about this, check out our visit to the Great Lake Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, near where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down.




After a nice quiet morning Jan and I left the rig a little before 12:30 on our way up to King Food in Webster to meet up with long-time friend’s Bob and Maria. And when I say ‘long-time’, I mean the mid-80’s when Bob and I were both into Commodore Amiga computers.

We had a great time spending the next couple of hours catching up. We had a lot to talk about since we haven’t gotten together since last December. Too long.

After saying our goodbyes, our next stop was the nearby WalMart for some things. We must never have enough things since we keep buying more.

Then it was right next door to Sam’s to pick some prescriptions. These were the renewals that our Dr. sent over to WalMart by mistake, and then I had to transfer them over to Sam’s.

When I got there and asked how much the 4 (for 90 days each) were and they said $137. I said that’s too high. Turns out that once again they had lost the fact that I have a PLUS membership on my account. And when they repriced them accordingly, the cost was now $60.69. Much better.

This afternoon as we passed the WalMart in Victory Lakes, I noticed that regular gas had fallen to $2.22. This is a drop of 10 cents in the last week. Nice, but it still doesn’t match the $2.17 I paid at the new Webster Costco last week.

But as we were leaving the Sam’s Club today, they were now down to $1.99 for regular. Even Nicer!

And the new Costco was the same $1.99. I have a feeling that we might a gas war going on, spurred on by Costco.

I was reading recently that they’re known for keeping their gas prices really, really low, event to the point of losing money on each gallon, because it draws people in.

Works for me.

This was our second visit to Costco, and our first time to really take a good look around. We had gotten a sale flyer in the mail last week and wanted to check out a few things.

The first thing we did was to try and sign up for Costco’s discount drug program. Turns out we couldn’t because it only is available to people with health insurance prescription programs, not Medicare.

Score 1 for WalMart/Sam’s.

As we wandered through the food area, Jan was horrified.

She likes octopuses, but not like this.

Costco Octopus

But more like this.

Pirate Octopus

And she also likes chickens, but it’s apparently OK for them to be like this.

Costco Rotisserie Chicken

This is one of Costco’s famous $4.99 Rotisserie Chickens. Looks and smells delicious. When we got home, Jan immediately ripped it to shreds for soup later in the week.

I guess better the chicken than the octopus.

And since we’re looking at high temps in the 40’s next week, and low temps in the low 30’s we decided to take advantage of another good sale.

This Lasko Ceramic Heater.

Lasko Costco Heater

It has a remote control, it oscillates side to side, and the front louvers move up and down also. And maybe even better it has a removable filter. A great deal for only $47.

I did bring home the security bit set to get our old Lasko heater apart and see if I can fix it, but with the really cold temps coming on, I didn’t want to be left ‘out in the cold’ in case I didn’t get to it, or couldn’t fix it.

We also have a couple of small Sunbeam heaters as backups, but they’re in the back of the Dakota at the transmission repair place.

Tomorrow we’ve got an early morning (8:45am) breakfast get-together with friend’s Tom and Barb over at the IHOP in Seabrook. It tells you how good a friends they are since there’s not many we’d get up this early for.


Thought for the Day:  

The Indians had bad immigration laws.

Of course, so did the Stone-Age hunters from Europe, who were here 10,000 years BEFORE the Indians ever arrived from Asia.

What goes around, comes around.

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2 Responses to There’s A War Going On . . .

  1. Joyce says:

    Hey, son of an English teacher.   The plural of friend is friends, not friend’s!

  2. LeRoy Willis says:

    During the 80s I had a man working for me as quality assurance inspector. He had helped load the last load on the Edmond Fitzgerald.

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