Corporate Thinking

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 192024

I got a flat tire on my Kubota tractor when Travis and I were taking down the wall in the garage and clearing everything out last week. We found the hole, which looks like it may have been made by a nail, and since I have a tire repair kit, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to fix.

But I wanted to get a tire marking crayon to make it easier to find the hole again while I’m doing the repair. When Terry and I were in town we stopped at an auto parts store on the way home to see if they had one, but they didn’t. Terry suggested Walmart, and since we had to drive right by it, I pulled in and went to the automotive department and asked if they had any.

The young lady behind the counter said she didn’t know what that was, but she was sure they didn’t carry it. One of their mechanics standing there showed her a stub of one that he had in his pocket and said, “This one’s about ready to be thrown away, if you want it.” It wasn’t much over an inch long, but it would do the job I needed for just that one tire.

The young lady lady said she didn’t know how much to charge me and he told her they were a disposable item and it was just going to go in a trash can. She said she had to check with her assistant manager. That took a series of phone calls, but because they don’t have a stock number for that item, they didn’t know how to ring it up. They finally decided to charge me $9.95.

Really? For something they were going to throw away? I thanked her for her time and came home and ordered a pack of five of them from Amazon for $6.99. I will never live long enough to use all of them, but it still seemed like a better deal to me.

Congratulations Gail Reitz, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

We had 27 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Do you think I can get an emotional support cougar?

Thought For The Day – I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later. – Mitch Hedberg

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “Corporate Thinking”

  1. Another term for those pencils is a China Marker, which is basically a small diameter Crayon in a paper wrap that you peel back as it wears down.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your tire repair.

    It’s about time.

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