as a college student in
owned grocery store called, “Tusa’s” on Valley Mills drive, east of
the circle near the campus. I *loved*
Tusa’s because the proprietor was a butcher and he hand cut hanging sides of
beef. You just don’t see that anymore,
anywhere! In fact, I dare you to go to
the grocery store and find a “7-bone shoulder roast” like your
grandma used to make stew with. It’s
called a 7-bone roast because the shoulder bone looks like a number
“7” when you cross cut it… anyway, you won’t find one with the bone
still in it unless you’re out in the country near an authentic butcher
shop. Even the local “specialty
meat” stores only serve cut frozen boxes of de-boned beef, OH; to have a
time machine… but I digress.
shopping at Tusa’s one fine Saturday morning and my cart only had three items
in it, a 1.5 inch slab of Tusa’s finest fresh cut Porterhouse, a bag of
charcoal, and a giant potato (my needs were small). The woman in front of me had two carts,
filled to the brim. Mind you, this was
before the barcode scanning days and Tusa’s only had one check out line, so I
was in for a long wait while the cashier rang everything up, by hand, on the
old “ka-chi.. chi.. CHING” machine.
twenty minutes later the cashier announced, “That’ll be
$211.94.” The woman appeared to be
shocked. Her eyes grew bigger than hard
boiled eggs and she said, “Well… I gots eighty-fie dollahs.” Wow.
*sigh* What happened next was
rather sad. The cashier went through
each and every item the poor woman had in her cart and together, they attempted
to whittle the pile down to the absolute bare essentials that this woman
required, for $85.
going to be a lot of wide-eyed surprises at the baggage check in counter this
summer, to be sure. I don’t have kids,
so my perception of summer is that someone let out all of the amateur travelers
and their kids, just to get in my way.
In fact, I have to go to
to work in a couple of weeks and maaaan, I am NOT looking forward to it. Anyway, my advice to the infrequent newbie
travelers is this, ready?
your airlines policies and prices (yes, I said “prices”) for checked
bags, and prepare for it before you leave for the airport!”
example, NWA imposes a 75lb maximum weight limit for each bag. They also impose a maximum limit of 3 bags
per person, AND they charge an overage fee for each bag over fifty dollars, as
well as an overage fee for each bag more than one per passenger. So… let’s do the math: If one person brings three 60lb bags with
them, how much would that cost? Well,
there’s $25 for bringing a 2nd bag and another $50 for the
third. Now each bag is over the 50lb
limit so you need to add another $25 to each bag. That comes to a total of $150.
ever seen people on the floor of the airport, repacking their bags? Now you know why! I’ve always been an advocate of bringing
fewer items; most people never need half of the stuff they bring. Pack carefully folks, weigh your bags before
you leave, keep in mind you’ll probably be bringing home stuff, and for
goodness sakes, do NOT try to pack a Mount Everest expedition back pack and try
to bring it onto the plane with you!
Pack lite, pack smart, save money, time, and just concentrate on having
a good time!