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My computer decided to do an update--on its own--some time last night while I was sleeping, because when I woke up at 5:30 my computer screen said: "Update in process. Do not turn off computer." It's been saying that for the past three hours, which means I haven't been able to do anything, including writing this column.
I'm puzzled. I never asked for an update, never signed a permission slip for an update, can't even turn off the update. Don't the computer powers to be know that even though the update is free, I don't want it? Not everybody wants something for free. In fact, when you try to give something away for free in this day and age, people look at you suspiciously.
The man standing in line in the aisle next to me at the market gave me the once over. Not the kind of once over that suggests he thought my outfit was becoming, or that he admired my wrists (I have small wrists. It's one of my body features I've always appreciated. Not that small wrists really make any difference to people. Actually my small wrists make it difficult to buy bracelets--they slide right off my arm. But then again, I do save money not being able to buy bracelets.) Sorry I got sidetracked.
Back to the man who gave me the once over. He was shopping with his wife (assuming, that's who she was) and she was busy putting their groceries on the checkout belt. I had a store coupon for $5.00 off, if you spent $40 in the store. The coupon expired the next day and my groceries were not going to total up to $40, so while my husband and I were waiting in our checkout line, I walked over and asked the man if he would like the coupon. I explained it was a store coupon that expired tomorrow and I wouldn't be able to use it.
He looked me over, apparently I looked spooky and untrustworthy--and he didn't notice my wrists--because a disgusting look came over his face and he delivered a firm, "NO!"
I thought maybe he just didn't understand, so I thought I'd try it one more time. After all, who wouldn't want to get $5.00 for free? "But you'll save $5.00 on the groceries you're buying," I explained, "I can tell you have way over $40 worth of things. It's a coupon this store is offering."
"I said, NO!"
Okay, I got it. I thought the man was going to call out for store security and I was starting to feel like a coupon stalker, so I quietly slipped back into my own checkout line. It drives me crazy when I can't figure out a situation. I was tempted to go back to the man and explain that I wasn't a con artist, there weren't any hidden costs or agendas, the coupon really was FREE, but a third time around, then even I wouldn't blame him for labeling me a nut.
Free is sometimes free. No strings attached. It's free to enter this year's Write a Dear Reader Contest, but you must enter by midnight Monday, October 12th. It's the last day to enter. No need to be a writer--it's for fun. And it's even more fun if you're one of the winners. Cash prizes, and your entry will be featured in my column. Get all the details at: http://www.dearreader.com/contest2015/index.html
I'm looking forward to reading your entry.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
P. S. On my way out of the market I handed my coupon to a woman going into the market. She was delighted and thanked me for being so thoughtful.
AUTHORBUZZ: WICKED FOR YOU (Fiction) by Shayla Black
What if you could catch "the one" who got away? Most everyone has someone in their past they never forgot and this next book in the Wicked Lovers series from New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black, is a story of secrets revealed, of losing one's soul mate, then finally rekindling that love forever.
Go to: http://authorbuzz.com/dearreader click on WICKED FOR YOU to read more and to email author Shayla Black, you'll get a reply.