Like Father, Like Son......

  • rnch

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    Jul 29, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    Perhaps 40 years ago I recall seeing this vacant, bemused, slightly troubled look on my Father's face, framed in the rear view mirror, as he slowly backed my Mother's "Pride of the Suburbs" Ford Country Sedan station wagon out of a parking slot at the local grocery.

    I witnessed this look more than once.

    I always wondered what he was thinking; what I had done wrong THIS time to displease/disappoint him.

    This morning, I noticed the SAME look on my face as I left Wally Mart.

    I know now what Dad was thinking: "HOW IN HALE did I spend SO FRIGGIN" MUCH MONEY on groceries?"


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    Jul 29, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    LOL, thanks. I had that look yesterday after spending a couple hundred on three items of clothing. But I got an insanely beautiful shirt with two embroidered dragons on it.

    I'm scared to wear it because I might stain it with something.
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    Lol...Get a Costco membership !!..lol
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:13 PM GMT
    The typical Costco customer probably goes in with the intent of spending $50 and winds up spending over $300. That's how those stores are designed, and only select items there are true bargains.
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    So funny icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 6:22 PM GMT
    I know how you feel. Just a few supermarket grocery items, carried out in a bag, can add up to over $20. I had to stop buying bing cherries several years ago, even though I love them. It's probably going to get worse down the road, too, as the effects of the drought drive up the cost of meat, vegetables, fruit, etc. I wish I had room for a garden.
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    Dragon shirts.
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    Lmao nice punch line...I had the same thought yesterday but then realized that the groceries are still cheaper than going out and spending all that cash in one evening, and it gave me an inner peace icon_cool.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidThe typical Costco customer probably goes in with the intent of spending $50 and winds up spending over $300. That's how those stores are designed, and only select items there are true bargains.


    Dude..??..That's why me and my buds bring cash and leave the cards behind..rumor has it they pump oxygen thru the a/c vents like a casino..ever noticed the face of costco shoppers..omg..like disney land..!!

    And finally..Take a good look at my pic or profile....see anything typical??
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Nothing atypical either! icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidNothing atypical either! icon_smile.gif


    lol..you actually looked..poor guy..you must have a migraine!!
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidDragon shirts.
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    Hey, my personal taste in clothing was finely tuned by my euro-trash mom and my father's latino sensibilities. What's next? You gonna look down at the tassle trim on the inside of my car and my dashboard Virgin Mary?
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    Yes, I also have that saying when I go clothes shopping. ESPECIALLY when I go to the malls, and I see the four letter word S A L E!!! Watch out...

    Cheers,

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    Jul 29, 2012 9:03 PM GMT
    GTPSean saidYes, I also have that saying when I go clothes shopping. ESPECIALLY when I go to the malls, and I see the four letter word S A L E!!! Watch out...

    Cheers,

    Sean


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    Jul 29, 2012 9:08 PM GMT
    Hey do add match...I am telling you will save a bundle!

    I just started a few months back for kicks and I cut my bill in half....coupon wars too!!

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    Jul 29, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
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    GTPSean saidYes, I also have that saying when I go clothes shopping. ESPECIALLY when I go to the malls, and I see the four letter word S A L E!!! Watch out...

    Cheers,

    Sean


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    LOVE it, mate!
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    Jul 29, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    rnch saidPerhaps 40 years ago I recall seeing this vacant, bemused, slightly troubled look on my Father's face, framed in the rear view mirror, as he slowly backed my Mother's "Pride of the Suburbs" Ford Country Sedan station wagon out of a parking slot at the local grocery.

    I witnessed this look more than once.

    I always wondered what he was thinking; what I had done wrong THIS time to displease/disappoint him.

    This morning, I noticed the SAME look on my face as I left Wally Mart.

    I know now what Dad was thinking: "HOW IN HALE did I spend SO FRIGGIN" MUCH MONEY on groceries?"

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    As for groceries, my Father's habit was to bring home the weekly groceries Friday night from one of his supermarkets, which were open to 9 PM only one day a week. My Mother never shopped in a supermarket, but she would visit the downtown deli or bakery as needed, where my treat was either a brown paper bag of pretzels or a huge chocolate chip cookie, respectively.

    When our Father came home Friday at nearly 10 my sister & I would run to greet him like happy puppies, allowed to stay up late before a non-school weekend. My treats from him would include, believe it or not, a big shock of parsley I munched raw, a bunch of celery, maybe some fresh carrots, and a big can of V-8 juice you pierced with those pointy can openers. I never had sugar soft drinks, nor candies, cookies being my only sweet.

    And my Father would carry in 5 or 6 brown paper bags of groceries, and sternly tell my sister & me that this had cost nearly $20, and we weren't to be wasteful with any of it. There was no milk, BTW. That was delivered each dawn in glass bottles to the back kitchen door. After we explored all the bag contents, and eaten a few snacks, bedtime followed.

    I have such warm & happy memories of those times. Thanks for making me think of them. And reminding me that around 45 I came to the sudden and shocking realization that I had turned into my Father. Not a bad thing, I just had never expected it nor saw it coming.
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    Jul 29, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    Thank goodness I'm adopted. I have no idea what my father's face looked like. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThank goodness I'm adopted. I have no idea what my father's face looked like. icon_lol.gif

    Like this:

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    (I get more use out of that silly pic from your profile. You're a good sport to keep it there, and let me get away with this, time and again. Or do you?)
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    Jul 29, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
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    eagermuscle saidNothing atypical either! icon_smile.gif


    lol..you actually looked..poor guy..you must have a migraine!!

    Nope, and I didn't even turn to stone - nice profile!
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    Jul 29, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThank goodness I'm adopted. I have no idea what my father's face looked like. icon_lol.gif

    Like this:

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    (I get more use out of that silly pic from your profile. You're a good sport to keep it there, and let me get away with this, time and again. Or do you?)


    I love that photo!!! Paul is one sexy man, but the fact he's so comfortable in his own skin in photos like these makes him 1000 times sexier than the guys with their Blue Steel photos.
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    Jul 29, 2012 11:30 PM GMT
    Oddly, it's my sister that notices that her behaviours are more like dad's than either me or my brother.

    At this realization, she shuddered. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    Used to get similar looks from good ol Granddad... asked him once... said he wondered how I could eat so much food, and still look like a starving 3rd world child... it was complete disbelief mixed with amazement and frustration... about a gallon of milk and 2 dozen eggs would get used in a day or two with all 5 of us kids... icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Jul 29, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    I needed to buy dishwasher tabs and club soda. total of $21 icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 30, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    soulman1969 saidI love that photo!!! Paul[flexes] is one sexy man, but the fact he's so comfortable in his own skin in photos like these makes him 1000 times sexier than the guys with their Blue Steel photos.

    True. We've sat down to meals with Paul 3 times now, and it's always a pleasure. A fun guy, we look forward to his return to South Florida this Fall.