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Chuck Pinkey

April 22, 2014

Cruising for a bruising with socialism

While we were down South this winter, my wife came up with a “deal.” We take a one hour time-share sales presentation and tour, and we receive, free of charge, a three-day Caribbean cruise. What could possibly go wrong?

Half a day later and I’m ready to visit Gitmo and volunteer for waterboarding.

“Normally this two bedroom unit is $32,900, but today is your lucky day! For only $24,900, it can be yours for one week a year, forever! Plus, yearly fees and maintenance costs. Shall we sign you up?” they say.

“Do I look like an Obama voter?” I replied. If nothing else, their sales force is persistent. As luck would have it, they have a few repossessed units that can be had for merely $14,999.00. “Surely, you and your lovely wife will take advantage of this?” they ask.

“My name is not Shirley!” I replied. Finally, after six hours of saying “No” 25 times, we were on our way with tickets for a Caribbean Cruise!

One night on the cruise, we were seated for dinner with two other couples. Henry and Louise had an airboat operation north of New Orleans, and Margret and her nameless husband were from Louisville, Ky. I say nameless because Margret introduced him simply as “This is my husband.”

As we learned where they were from, I commented, “Louisville. That’s where Jennifer Lawrence is from.” “Who?” Margret asked. I answered, “Jennifer Lawrence. She won the Academy Award last year.”

“We don’t bother watching movies.” she smiled. Not knowing enough to keep my mouth shut, I asked, “What do you do in Louisville?” “I’m originally from Sweden, but I’ve been in America for years. I am an artist.” Margret said.

“That’s very interesting,” and turning to her husband, I asked. “What do you do?” Margret answered, “Do you have any art at home?” “Well, yes I do.” I said.

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