Friday, March 27

Quotes & Notes

My daughter is always on me about expiration dates!


I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and 34th president (1890-1969)

(I haven't experienced it firsthand, and I hate it too!)


There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society.

Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

(A most intelligent man!)


An inspection was due on my car by the end of March, and I didn't want to miss the deadline. My local garage told me that my tail lights, both of which were cracked) (what are you looking at me for? I didn't do it!) would not pass inspection and needed to be replaced. The quote, for after-market light assemblies was $80 each, plus installation. Naturally, I try to solve a problem with as little an outlay of moolah as possible, so I asked a relative who is in the car business if he could get them for me for less. His contacts said they would be $75 each. Close, but no he said he thought he had a way to get the inspection passed without me having to do anything. That sounded good to me, so I went to his car lot today and guess what that sweet man did? He traded my tail lights with those on one of the cars for sale on his* lot - at no cost to me. Then I went to his garage for the inspection, which I passed easily. I wish everything in life was that easy, don't you!?

(* he owns the lot)


srp said...

What is he going to do about the lights on the car in his lot? I hate car maintenance but I have to make this van last a very, very, very long time... thank goodness it is a Honda.

Betty said...

I hardly ever check the expiration dates, but Jay does. The only thing I watch is milk.

Badaunt said...

That expiry date explains the reasoning I suppose my brain must be using when I take something out of the fridge, check the date... and put it back.

JeanMac said...

Things like salad dressings and BBQ sauce always expire - we can't use them fast enough.

Star said...

I am with your daughter on dates. Good deal on the tail lights. It's nice to get a break now and then.

PI said...

Wow! What a great relative. Thanks for the reminder to check my dates before the next onslaught of family:)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I'm a freak about expiration dates, I check them constantly - but not milk. My kids drink it way before it ever would go bad. And the tail lights? Proves it's all about who you know! ;-)

Nancy said...

Judy, Talk about expiration dates!

When I came home from months in Florida on Sunday I found a milk carton in my frig with the Lindbergh baby's picture on it ..

sage said...

I recently has a cracked tail light for my truck--it was 70 bucks for a replacement (not new)! But I had to do it for water was seeping in and blowing the turnsignal

rosemary said...

I am a fanatic about expiration dates and Steve couldn't care less...we have some cookie stuff in the fridge that went off date last October. He leaves for work on the first...going into the trash. i amy have to drive cross country to have your relative help me!!!

Kay Dennison said...

Great quotes!

We don't have that inspection thing in Ohio (Thank you, Jesus!) but it's time to renew my license plates -- they expire the month of your birthday. Guess what my birthday present is? Another nice thing is that I just went on line and renewed it and they sent me my registration and sticker. No mess. And this weekend when I put the sticker on, I'm good to go for another year.

Mar said...

Good deal on those tail lights!! ::thumbs up::
I ate a (forgotten in the back of the fridge) strawberry yoghurt today with "best before" March 6th...It tasted good and I am still alive :)

Mike Althouse said...

I didn't used to pay too much attention to expiration dates - preferring to rely on the "smell" test instead. Then I got very ill (not long term, just long enough to for my gut to identify and expel the offending food-stuff); I have payed attention ever since.

I would think a little super-glue on those tail lights would have sufficed... maybe some red duct tape? I still wonder how both became cracked at the same time in the first place.

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OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Some great quotes and how wonderful that you were able to solve your Tail Light problem with little pain...and cost! (lol)

colleen said...

Eisenhower also predicted the "military industrial complex." Smart guy. He's the one I remember pledging the allegiance to on some kid's show before I was old enough for kindergarten (his picture was next to the flag).

Jamie Dawn said...

That Ben Franklin quite is sheer genius. It is truth that hits us right between the eyes. Very wise indeed.

I'm kind of a stickler when it comes to expiration dates. I reach back behind the first couple of rows of milk, yogurt, eggs, etc... just to make sure I get the freshest stuff. I'm apt to throw stuff away when it is only a few days past the exp. date.

I hope your weekend is going well.