Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020
This is the first post from author Pete Springer and this week I have selected a post that offers opportunities for humour in life… something we could all use right about now…
The Humor of Life
Today, I got quite a laugh when I opened the mail and found an unexpected check waiting for me. What’s so humorous about that? Shouldn’t I be planning on where to spend my good fortune? That’s where the funny part comes in. If you look closely, you will see that the check is for six cents. I’m sure I’ve never received a smaller check in my life.
Most people would not be bothered by something so trivial, but then I’m not “most people.” Moments like these are what make life hysterical. How often does the postage cost more than the check itself?
As American radio broadcaster Paul Harvey used to say, “And now, the rest of the story.” Most people hate the process of buying a vehicle because they don’t like high-pressure sales tactics. I can still remember buying my first vehicle (a pumpkin orange, 1973 Chevy Nova) from King Richard’s Cars. After that experience, I realized I needed to get better at the car buying game. I wasn’t in control, and I didn’t like that feeling. Since then, I walk into a car dealership much more informed and in control of the negotiations process. A few months back, I wrote about my latest car buying experience. Waging War at the Car Dealership
One of the biggest consumer rip-offs is the old interest game, and yet so many of us continue to play. Banks and other lending institutions are modern-day loan sharks. Rather than donate thousands of dollars of interest over the next four-five years, I decided to pay off my loan as quickly as possible.
My wife wrote the last check to settle the balance, and the pink slip should be arriving any day. In the meantime, we must have slightly overpaid, and I was issued my six-cent refund check.
I can hardly wait to go into my bank in the next couple of days and hand over my check to see the reaction from the teller. “Would you like that in cash or deposited directly into your account? How would you like your money, sir?” Now that’s a tough decision. Should I ask for a nickel and a penny, or six pennies? Maybe I’ll ask for a dime and offer four cents in return.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This guy has too much time on his hands if he’s thinking about all of this useless stuff. What can I tell you? That’s the way my mind works.
It’s just that life offers us the best humor if we’re paying attention. Who would have dreamed fifty years ago that we’d be paying over a dollar for a bottle of water? Who knew I’d have to stay on hold for over thirty minutes with the cable company to figure out what’s wrong with my television remote? (More than likely, it’s the guy operating it.)
One of my favorite types of humor is irony. I recall reading a newspaper story of a traffic cop who got his license suspended for failing to pay his parking tickets. What’s better than reading a Facebook post written by someone who’s complaining about how useless Facebook is? One of my favorite real-life stories of irony involves a good friend of mine. He now manages the same apartment complex he once was evicted from. Priceless!
In the meantime, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be the guy on television in a few years doing an Infomercial about how I turned my six cents into millions. The good news is you’ll only have to pay $99 to find out how you can do it, too, with my “proven system.”😎
©Peter Springer 2020
About Pete Springer
My name is Pete Springer. I taught elementary school for thirty-one years (grades 2-6) at Pine Hill School in Eureka, CA. Even though I retired over two years ago, my passion will always lie with supporting education, kids, and teachers.
When I came out of the teaching program many years ago, I realized how unprepared I was for what was in store for me in the classroom. My college education focused mostly on learning theory rather than the practical day-to-day challenges that all teachers face. Thankfully, I had some great mentors to lean on to help support me in the early part of my career.
I have made it my mission to pay it forward to the next generation of teachers. I was a master teacher to four student teachers, and I have several former students who are now teachers, including one who teaches at my former elementary school. That is pretty cool!
One of the recent reviews for the book
Today, more than ever, children need role models and so do adults, parents too. And we need to re-learn basic responsibility and how this is a two way road.
Finding your inner voice and passion is what we all need to discover and Pete Springer paints us a vivid image in this book.
This is an entertaining read based on first hand experiences dripping with humor.
A book I wholeheartedly enjoyed although I already brought up two children.
A must read, wether you are a teacher or a parent. Grandparent too.
Thanks for dropping by today and I know that Pete would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.