No, that's not my closet.
The other day I was reluctantly helping the Honeybee clean out her our closets — and having a thoroughly miserable time doing it, I might add — when I came across a couple of old Discover magazines.
I canceled my subscription to Discover years ago, but I really used to love reading those magazines because the articles were always very interesting. Sometimes they were very inspiring
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Last night I was doing a little shopping on Amazon and I came across an item that was being offered for sale by two different vendors. Here was the price summary that appeared on my screen:
So, which item is the better bargain?
On first glance, you might think the first item listed would result in a higher bill at the checkout stand. And why not? It’s $10.30 price tag is a
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We all come across things in life that are wildly popular, even though it makes little sense to us.
Take “Duck Dynasty” — going into its fourth season, it’s one of the hottest shows on cable television.
I recently watched a couple of episodes for the first time and, frankly, I don’t see what all the buzz is about.
Then there’s sushi; it’s loved by millions of people the world over. I
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Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered $1.54 million to the person who could solve mankind’s greatest challenge, whatever that might be. However, before the challenge can officially begin, Mr. Cameron must wait for an official list of the world’s biggest problems from a committee of extremely wise fellows who are now collecting the best suggestions from abroad.
The first candidate problem that immediately crossed my mind was how
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Awhile back I bought four new tires for my 1997 Honda Civic. The tires came with a pro-rated 65,000-mile guarantee and were $74 each, or just under $300 for the entire set.
As the salesman was tallying up the bill he asked me if I would like to purchase the extended warranty for my brand new tires.
“And how much is that?” I sheepishly asked.
“It’s only $9.95,” came the salesman’s immediate reply.
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The other day I was fueling up my car at the local gas station. While I was waiting for the tank to fill, I thought it would be a good idea to get rid of the remains of a ridiculously large bug that was splattered on the windshield.
Unfortunately, the only squeegee I could find was at another pump island that was occupied by a big ol’ cowboy who was filling
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As the economy continues its struggle to emerge from its seemingly never-ending malaise, many folks are working hard to find additional and more creative ways to save a buck or two.
I recently had lunch with a friend of mine who called me a cheapskate because I dared to bring home a healthy handful of extra napkins that an overzealous fast-food server had placed on the tray with my meal.
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The Honeybee will tell you that this guy and I have at least one thing in common.
Not too long ago I was preparing a recipe from an old cookbook that called for a couple of 7-ounce cans of tuna.
After looking in the pantry, I was happy to see that I had exactly two cans of tuna — until I remembered that tuna was one of the many products affected
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As many guys will tell you, after countless cookouts and parties we tend to get attached to our barbecue grills the same way we get attached to our dogs.
Let’s face it, a good barbecue grill, like a good dog, is something to be revered, and as such it’s always tough for their owners to recognize exactly when it’s time to finally say goodbye. It’s a reality that I had to
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Last week I needed to venture into my attic to check on some rat traps, so I grabbed my flashlight to help me navigate my way through the rafters. As luck would have it, the flashlight wasn’t working; the last person who used it forgot to turn the darn thing off, so the batteries died.
Anyway, with no spare C-cells in the drawer and an unplanned trip to the store in
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