Want to know a secret? I LOVE 80’s movies.
No, like, I LOVE, LOVE them. Not all of them, but the ones I love – I love hard. I lean more towards Spaceballs than Star Wars. I like the downright strange ones – remember Howard the Duck?. I can, and frequently do, recite The Princess Bride. Weekend at Bernie’s? Funny every time. I know to never, never feed a gremlin after midnight. Wax on, wax off? It’s a way of life. Feel awkward and don’t know what to say? “I carried a watermelon.”. Facing tough times? “Goonies never say die!”
It’s where most of my favorite quotes from – some people get the references, others look at me as if I have lobsters crawling out of my ears.
Very often Jim doesn’t get my references and when he doesn’t I help him out. I find whichever movie he ‘missed out on’ and we have date night on the couch with a bucket of popcorn. I look forward to him not knowing a reference and us getting a night to cuddle on the couch watching my favorite movies.
Most of you know that we recently returned home after spending 107 days in Jacksonville, FL at the Mayo Clinic and Gabriel House of Care for Jim’s bone marrow transplant (2/19/2020 – 6/5/2020). During the recovery period he was frequently cold. Being cold all of the time was new for him and the one flannel shirt topped his t-shirts more often than not. I probably could have asked someone to send us more, but he liked that one.
I started calling the shirt his ‘Woobie’ and he had no idea what I meant. Rather than explain I went online and we watched Mr. Mom on the ipad together.
JIM AND HIS WOOBIE ENJOYING SUNSET AT GABRIEL HOUSE OF CARE, AFTER A LONG STAY AT THE MAYO CLINIC TRANSPLANT CENTER IN JACKSONVILLE, FL. ALL OF THIS MADE POSSIBLE BY A STEM-CELL DONATION THROUGH BE THE MATCH. (2 OF THOSE ARE NON-PROFITS IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE LOOKING FOR NEW, WORTHY CHARITIES TO SUPPORT – CLICK THEIR NAMES FOR MORE INFORMATION.)
We’re home now and Jim has his choice of long-sleeve shirts yet still he gravitates to his well-worn Woobie. Seeing his Woobie this morning sparked the Schooner Tuna scene from Mr. Mom. Remember this?
That triggered a memory from several years ago. In 2014 we lived in New Hampshire and our local grocery store was Market Basket. I think the chain has about 70 stores throughout New England. All Market Basket stores dropped their prices by 4% for close to a year. “Arthur T. Demoulas said in an interview in January that the 4 percent price cut would complement the company’s “More for your Dollar” slogan. “The customer needs the savings more than the company needs the extra profits,” he said then.” – Lowell Sun . Not to be confused with his nefarious cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
Now you see where I’m heading with this, don’t you?
If those companies – yes, I know one is make believe – but if they can do it, why can’t we?
It might not be much, but it’s what we can do to help right now. We preach that you can make a difference one straw at a time because we believe that small changes matter, and that includes savings. When times are hard, every bit matters and we all pitch in and help each other out. So here is our commitment to you:
Starting July 1st, 2020 our online prices will be 15% off and will stay that way for the remainder of 2020 – and we have an 80’s movie to thank for it.
I told you. I relate everything to 80’s movies.