Sunday, January 13, 2013

Things To Do On Cold Days

Well, how is the New Year treating you?  It has been ok around here.  Ribs are better and we got snow for Christmas, so we can't complain.

We bought a new car yesterday and that was an exercise in patience and endurance on our part and the salesman's part.  We didn't want to pay nearly what he wanted us to pay and so we went back and forth for hours.  He even found another brand of car for me to drive.  I drove three different cars during our time there.  I wanted a Honda Fit and that is what I eventually bought, but dang there was a lot of dickering and haggling around.  I noticed the salesman started agreeing with me when we drove the different cars.  If I said this one is not as quiet or is bumpier on the road, he would agree.  Sneaky ploy there.   My husband got the salesman down to nearly what we wanted to spend and so we caved.  We had to go to the guy who deals with the title and such.  Another challenge opened up there.  The Raven and Colts game was on tv as we went his office.  The Ravens scored while he was trying to get me to sign documents.  He was a good talker and I was speed reading while we were signing.  There were some issues that he had to change or explain.  When we left I think everyone in the building was walking around by the doors as we left.  It was an interesting day.

I was thinking about it later yesterday evening and my husband and I have an amazing ability to stay on task until we get pretty much what we want.  When we upgraded our phones last spring we nearly put the poor guy in shock it took so long.  We have nothing else that is very important these days, so we can hang in there.  There are two of us and we can spell each other when one needs a break.  We don't do it to be cruel, but just to get what we want.  It is the nature of the game and there is nothing wrong with that for sure.    He is from Oregon up near Idaho and has been in Texas for eight years.  His children are in high school.  It was terribly cold where they used to live and he probably thought we were real ninnies about the cold front that blew in while we were there.  He reminds me of a friend of our family, Tom.  The salesman was flattered, because I told him we are fond of Tom and think he is a good guy.  So, the art of selling and buying has been dealt with for a while.  We have a new fun little car and it will be a while before we have to do that again.


  1. Loved your tag team approach to wear him down. I used to work for a new car dealer and those are some tricky fellows.
    Enjoy that new ride.

    1. They are tricky folks. We put the phone on speaker phone when we have to deal with the phone company. Makes it easier to keep up.

  2. I need you two to dicker for cell phone. I am feed up with Verizon which is the best carrier, by every account. We don't have exceedingly good signals up here in the Ozark Mountains.

    All I want is talk and voice mail. Verizon bought a smaller company call Alltel and told its customers we would have 15 cents/minute for life. But newer Verizon phones do not convert easily to the Alltel plan and they are doing bait and switch when you have to buy new phone. I have lost 3. Their cost/minute service is 25 cents/minute.

    So I am considering an ATT carrier... not as good here and national coverage somewhat less than Verizon. Several prepaid cents/minute plans are as low as 10 cents/minute. We are not big cell users.

    1. We aren't big cell phone users, either. We call each other to find the other one in stores. My pharmacy texts me when my rx is ready. Our kids text now. It is quicker than calling.

      I don't know what to tell you, NW1. How about what your friend's use? The reception in the mountains is very spotty, at least that is what we found when we were in Pennsylvania. I don't know much at all about the prepaid phones. Do you get to keep the same phone number? Do you just buy minutes? There has been some ads on tv lately about prepaids and you keep your same "cool" phone that you have already if that is what you like. We got Iphone 3s, because it was free and is sort of easier to text with.

      Hope you get what you want.

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