Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Sometimes You Just Have to Be Shown
Now, every once in a while I am either directed to, or stumble upon, something that is too good to pass up, and it just may coincidentally go hand in hand with a recent "good idea" conversation. Yesterday I had one of those instances, but this time I had been oblivious, and had to be shown by Mary.
"Did you see the freezers for sale at Shaw's?", Mary asked yesterday morning.
"Freezers?", I asked, "They're selling their freezers?"
"No, Wally, they are selling small freezers for the home for $150, and with the purchase you get $160 in coupons", Mary said slowly so I could understand.
I still didn't get it, but I told her I would look next time I was in the store.
It's funny, but the next time we were in the store was about thirty minutes later.
Mary took me to just beyond the produce section, and there in the aisle were two small freezers stuffed with food representing the freebies that came with the purchase.
We took the freezer home, and the two of us took it to the basement and set it up beside the washer and dryer.
$150 for the freezer. $160 dollars worth of coupons. If I use every one of those coupons I would come out ahead by $10.00. Can't beat that deal.
Sometimes, no matter how much you say you are aware of the world around you, you still have to be taken by the hand and shown what you're missing.
Happens with lots of things, not just freezers.