Friday, November 15, 2013

Free Stuff is... Priceless

Thought for the day:  When the window of opportunity opens, sometimes ya just gotta climb through.


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The temperatures are a little chilly, but that's okay. I'm washing the windows, anyway, and fixing to throw 'em wide open so y'all can come on in. So to speak.

See that spiffy Goodreads Book Giveaway widget in the sidebar? The one that invites you to enter to win a FREE! FREE! FREE! autographed copy of Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade? Yeah, that one.

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No strenuous activity required, either. No climbing out on a ledge or up the side of a building, no aerobic exercise and heavy breathing. None of that. All ya have to do is... enter. Easy peasy.

WHOOSH! The window is open now, and guess what? No matter how cold it gets, I'm not gonna close it until midnight of December 11, when five... that's right... FIVE!... winners will be selected by the fine folks at Goodreads.  Hey! You could win a FREE! FREE! FREE! Christmas or I love you present to give away. Or, what the heck... keep it for yourself. But ya can't win, if you don't enter. So go ahead. Make my day. Enter. (Open to the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia)



Talking about FREE! FREE! FREE! stuff, two lovely ladies...  Julie Flanders and Lexa Cain... will be hosting a bloghop next month, with lots of free stuff up for grabs. The object of the hop? Its title kinda says it all, but the official blurb elaborates: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Beaches of Hawaii? Slopes of Vail? Cancun, Paris, or Rome? Where is your dream destination? 

Simple enough, right? And you have plenty of time to think about it, so no excuses. Besides, with as busy as things get to be this time of year, it'll be kinda nice to write a post for this one ahead of time, dontcha think? If you're interested, you can sign up to participate at either of their blogs. You can also see the ever-growing list of prizes there, too.

Yep, free stuff is definitely priceless, but when things do have a cost, it's a good idea to pay attention to where ya put the darned price tag. Otherwise, the results can be downright hilarious:










Who amassed those pictures, I don't know. Smarticus received them from a friend, who received them from a friend, who... you get the idea. Anyhow, they were new to me, so I thought they might be new to you, too. They're, um... priceless, dontcha think?

                                  Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.

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  1. When the window of opportunity opens, sometimes ya just gotta climb through.

    When I read that my first thought was of a thief about to rob a house. My second thought was the homeowner greeting the unwanted visitor while holding a .357.

    Yeah, totally off kilter from the true meaning of the saying but my brain has never been quite right.

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    1. Understandable. After all, when a thief robs a house, most of the time he comes intruder window.

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  2. I love that not only are you offering a large window of opportunity - but that it is a clean window. Wow.
    And those prices are a hoot. I suspect bored sales clerks may have had as much part in them as carelessness or serendipity. Whichever, I am grateful.

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    1. Oh heck yeah, I keep my virtual windows sparkling clean. No cat nose smears on them or anything.

      I can imagine a couple sales clerks laughing themselves silly as they placed those price tags.

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  3. Dear Susan,
    hahaha - there was someone with a special humor tagging all the DVDs :-)
    I bought your book for my kindle and love it VERY much, thank you. As I have friends who speak English like Queen Mum, I might participate in your kind offer - and getting a signature and the book in paper is even better than on kindle. The photo of the window cleaner is priceless! Britta

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    1. For sure, somebody with a sense of humor had a lot of fun placing those price tags!

      Thank YOU; I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying my book.

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  4. Me thinks it's the work of a stock boy with too much time and lots of imagination.

    Very funny.

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    1. Could be! But I sure appreciate his sense of humor.

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  5. Ya know, SUSAN, many times my goose has been cooked, but NEVER my dog.

    Oh, sheesh! Those were so funny! I'm just sitting here all alone, waiting for midnight so I can post my latest 'Battle Of The Bands' installment and then go the F to bed! I saw your blog bit appear in my Dashboard, came here and just found myself laughing out loud and telling me to "Shush!" so I don't wake up everyone else in the house.

    That was some funny sh--- "Shut yo' mouth!"

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Well, I'm very glad to hear those inappropriately placed price tags kept you laughing and entertained while you were waiting to publish you post, but you DO know you can pre-schedule your posts, dontcha? Ya know, just pre-set the date and time, and fuhgettabout it. I always set mine to publish at 12:34 AM, but I'm already in the sack by the time it goes live.

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    2. Nope. I have tried it countless times and it NEVER publishes. There's a Blogspot bug that will not allow me pre-set automatic posting. FarAwayEyes has the SAME bug, because it never works for her either.

      Arlee Bird, who "automatic" posts most of his stuffs, has confirmed for me that I am doing everything right. The system just refuses to obey my scheduling and the draft will just sit in my Dashboard until I manually publish it.

      ~ D-FensDogg
      'Loyal American Underground'

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  7. Some very careful thought was put into those strategically placed price tags. They were contrived by someone who has much more than a Wal-Mart mentality......hilarious!

    The last time I climbed through a window of opportunity, it set off a burglar alarm.......

    (I killed my previous comment because it had too many typos)

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    1. Abso-doggone-lutely! Took some thought to pull it off (and put 'em on!) so cleverly.

      HA! Gotta watch out for those red flags and alarms.

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  8. I've never had a fantasy of any kind involving salmon and chicken, especially with a cat watching. I get so many new ideas here!

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    1. Yeah, my only fantasy regarding salmon and chicken involves dinner.

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  9. Hi Susan .. life is crazy at times and people do do funny things - but I'll have some of the fun in life ... those labels are just crazy - I wonder if the sales staff realised?!

    Crazy to read .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Yeah, those labels are pretty crazy, and my money's on the tags being placed that way intentionally. Then again, if it's all purely accidental, that'd make it even funnier. It'd be a great story line for an episode of a sit com.

      Cheers!

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  10. Waterproof butt closure, the only sensible kind... :-)) !!!

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  11. Butt closures, but are they restickable? or do you have to carry a "butt" lad with you? These are all very funny. I just have to pass them on.

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    1. Hmmm, I reckon it all depends on how "wet" they get. Butt... who nose?

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  12. LOL these are too funny. It's all about sticker placement. Can definitely change the context of the product haha. Happy Friday Susan :)

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    1. Yep, sometimes a tiny little thing can make a BIG difference!

      Happy Friday to you, too!

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  13. Placing those labels in "just the right spot" is great marketing. Little House on the Prairie could have gotten a whole new audience.

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    1. You've got a point! It never would have occurred to me to think about the expanded audience potential created by that one simple trick. (But if the person buying it is expecting to see some...er... "tricks"... he's in for a wholesomely rude awakening!)

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  14. COOKING YOUR DOG should be a hit in China, while ANAL FANTASY should be a bestseller everywhere :)

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  15. Yay! I entered the giveaway. :D The sticker collection was priceless, indeed. Some of those must have been deliberate, don't you think? I imagine "creative sticker placement" contests among employees.

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    1. Yay! Good luck. I hope ya win!

      Oh yeah, I definitely think some of those placements were deliberate, and I like your idea of having an employees' "creative sticker placement" contest. (That'd be FUN!)

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  16. Alright! Enough, enough already, I can't laugh anymore. I'll join in to win a free copy.

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    1. (Aw, sure ya can! We NEVER run outta laughs!) Cool. Good luck!

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  17. Funny, funny! The perfect way to start a Friday! Have a good one!

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    1. Thanks, thanks! Glad ya liked it.

      Happy weekend!

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  18. omg one of these is funnier than the next LOL LOL. People are starting to stare at me since I'm sitting here at my desk laughing. :D
    Thanks for mentioning our hop!!

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    1. Hey, it's always good to have FUN at work!

      My pleasure. I hope your hop is a big success. Happy weekend.

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  19. Haha.. I have a friend I wish I could share these with today... he'd have a great laugh... we both have the sane sense of humor... I laughed ;-)

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    1. Glad to make ya laugh. Go ahead... share 'em!

      Happy weekend, Launna.

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  20. When that window of opportunity opens be sure to put a screen in it...filters are important.

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    1. Yeah, you're right. Gotta keep the skeeters out. (Kinda like mosquitoes, but lazier.)

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  21. That opening quote and its accompanying picture had me in stitches. And the book cover with the mum going: "Didn't I F... Yesterday?" is hilarious. Thanks for making my Friday.

    As for windows of opportunities, "carpe diem" them as much as you can! :-)

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    1. I'm glad this post put a smile on your face today.

      Oh yeah, I "carpe" the heck out of every "diem."

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  22. The book covers were wonderful ! Great start to the weekend.
    I have already bought your book but I was going to ask (after the holidays) if I sent it to you could you sign it for me ?
    No windows open in Tucson... it has been windy with blowing dust !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Glad ya liked them.

      I'd be happy to sign the book for you, but just because you already have a copy is no reason you can't sign up for the giveaway. Then you might win a signed copy, have the other copy to give away, and save money on the postage!

      No windows open here, either. It's downright chilly outside, and we have a fire burning in the fireplace.

      Cheers!

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  23. love to open windows. You just crack me up. I am work pretending I"m working and was happy to see a new post. I knew I"d sit at my desk and giggle. Enjoy your weekend and know you bring joy

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    1. Well, thank you. That was a very sweet thing to say. Now you brought ME joy! Happy weekend!

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  24. Those are hysterical! I always wonder how much thought went into the placing of the price sticker when that happens. Happenstance or wicked sense of humor? You decided.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Happenstance is certainly "possible", but I prefer to believe it's a delightfully bent sense of humor.

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  25. lmao urine and anal things for sale
    Can't be a fail
    I'm sure some will buy
    And instead stick it in their eye

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    1. A cheap laugh is in the bag
      With a just-so application of the tag.
      Put it here or put it there...
      Have your giggle, but please beware....
      Don't want your boss to be aware!

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  26. Whether it was by plan or by chance the misplaced price tags are hilarious.

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  27. I entered and I'm hoping to win. Do you take bribes?

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    1. Cool! Good luck. Bribes? Think you can get the Falcons into the Super Bowl...?

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  28. I needed to laugh. Some one either placed the stickers or captured them by chance. Doesn't matter. So funny.

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    1. If you needed a laugh, I'm glad you found something here worth laughing about. I'm with you. Doesn't matter if they're intentional or not... they're funny!

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  29. Not sure if my comment published...awesome photos. Needed to chuckle today.

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    1. Well hello again... How cool that you gave it a second stab, just in cast the first comment didn't publish. :)

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  30. Some of those pics are hilarious.

    I just entered the giveaway at Goodreads. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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  31. These pictures were priceless... Cooking your dog - LOL! Thanks for the laugh!

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  32. Some years ago on a talk show I saw the actress who played Nellie on Little House On The Prairie. She said she was the little bitch on the prairie.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. HA! I'm sure she meant it in the nicest way...

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  33. It's good to get things free but I already own your lovely book. Enjoyed the funny book titles. Thank you Smarticul for having friends. Thank you Susan for passing them on. Haha

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    1. That's nice, but it doesn't have my John Hancock in it...

      Glad you enjoyed the silliness. Take care, and have a super weekend. It's kinda wet and dreary here, so I guess I can't do any raking today. Oh darn.

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  34. Doors are best, but windows work too.

    I've entered your contest.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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    1. I dunno if doors are best, but they sure make things easier!

      Cool. Good luck!

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  35. OMG! Hilarious!!! And BTW, Ms "I Yam"......even though I haven't finished writing the blog post,,,,therefore it's not even there to read yet....YOU are the winner of "From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More" !!! I'm so happy for you!!! Please send me your mailing address!!

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    1. Woo HOO! I yam very happy. I'll send you an email asap.

      Lucky, lucky me. Happy weekend!

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    2. I'm happy for you, too! I just hit "publish" for my blog, so you can read about yourself! :)

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    3. Yes, ma'am! Here I come, ready or not!

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  36. I thought that 'Cooking Your Dog' book was for real until I scrolled down and realised what was going on. Thanks for the laugh, Susan.

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    1. Glad to give you a laugh or two. (Nope, no Chinese cookbooks here...)

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  37. Entered!

    Doing the Dream Blog Hop too! See, despite NaNo I'm still in the know! LOL

    Love the funny ads - do they do that on purpose? Of course they do! Thanks for the humor!

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    1. Cool! (Good luck!)

      I hope the Nano is going well for you, and I'm dutifully impressed that you have time to come up for air.

      Yeah, I think you're right. Glad to give you a little comic relief.

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  38. Were do you find this stuff?

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  39. In the sick humor section at the library?

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  40. Hilarious! Thanks for sharing that. :)

    Heading over now to enter your contest.

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    1. My pleasure. Always happy to make ya laugh.

      Cool! Good luck!

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  41. I'd have to think about where my dream destination is at the moment.

    I hope your giveaway goes really well, sweet Sus.

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    1. You've got plenty of time to think about it...

      Thanks! So far, so good.

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  42. Apparently some employees have a sense of humor when it comes to adhering pricing labels!

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