I agree that lower price myth is just that. I have comparison-shopped the Wal-Mart and the Safeway in Benson. The Wal-Mart store is only pennies cheaper on most grocery items. That is not enough to make up for the inconvenience of all the walking across the huge parking lot and all the extra hiking in the store. Not to mention the "greeters" who want to check your receipt. I am so glad Safeway stayed open in Benson. Where there is no competition to Wal-Mart, there are no bargains.
Walmart's genius move was to beat into everyone's heads that their prices are the lowest. Seemingly everything written about them, be it positive or negative, mentions that they have low, low prices--it's simply taken as fact. That's why people who are morally, ethically, or fashionably opposed to the company shop there anyway. The thinking goes: if they shut down stores to stop unions, if they pay their employees so poorly they have to be on food stamps and AHCCCS, if they squeeze profit margins on suppliers to the breaking point, if they wring huge tax breaks out of municipalities, if they kill off smaller competitors in each town they expand into, then that MUST mean they have the best prices!
Walmart has mastered marketing to the point that the message that drives their business is self-perpetuating, because it comes from fans and critics alike. They're not insanely profitable because their prices are the lowest, they're insanely profitable because people think they're the lowest.
In short: ARGH
Just walk away. Most people cannot afford to pay and yes, many of them should never have signed that contract. But equal fault lies with the banks for extending the loans to people who did not really qualify and could not maintain the payments. Anyone who is that far up the creek should just walk away.
I too, am sorry this happened to you. But you signed a contract. A contract that obligated them to do certain things, and that obligated YOU to do certain things. Both sides must do those things, or it becomes breach of contract. I'm sure you know how you would feel if they didn't keep their side of the contract, so you know how they feel when you don't.
It might be too late for you, but for the rest, learn this lesson. Do NOT sign a contract you can't fulfill. Sure, extenuating circumstances can come up, but have a plan for any and all you can think of. Lose your job? Take in a renter. Sell blood at the plasma center. Feed on dryer lint.
Don't want any of the plans? Then DON'T SIGN THE CONTRACT! They make it too rosy to not sign? It is too rosy for THEM, not for you, no matter what they say. They issue these contracts by the dozen. If you can't follow what's in the one you'll ever sign, then DON'T SIGN THE CONTRACT!
I strongly urge EVERYONE to consider a General Mortgage Strike...!
Believe me, you will NOT be harming any pensioners, widows and orphans as the 2 or 3 monster "mortgage holders" in USAmerica do no good for any of those groups! Of course, leeches like Mitt Romney might be "harmed"...
In spite of the capitalist propaganda, giant corporations are extremely fragile constructions. We can kill the beast if a critical mass of people stop feeding them...
I'm sorry this happened to you.
Dear lingo, yes, we could have waited all day for the snake to move on. Like I said the FIRST TIME, this snake was just ornery. We WERE waiting for him(?) to move on for a good five minutes. I've never seen a confrontational rattler, King snake, yes a couple in fact. It just stayed in our only egress to camp, rattlin' and poised to strike. With a dog and both hands full of fishing equipment, I really would rather Mr. snake move on like they usually do.
No such luck. I'm not a wildlife willy-nilly crazed killer. Venomous aggressive snakes (obviously a territorial instinct in this case) being the exception in my camp vicinity. With kids and animals with us, I feel the prudent solution is to remove said snake by whatever means necessary. I feel I have just as much right to my territory as the snake does to his...and yes, when I pitch camp it is MY chunk o' ground until I leave, even with unsolicited odd neighbors barging into camp to see if we need any camping tips(?) I had to kill him. ;)
King of the food chain. ;)
Radmax, perhaps my advice to Ryn should be given to you as well. Actually it is good advice for anyone. If you don't know how to deal with rattlers, stay out of their territory. Anybody can accidentally step on one and get bitten. But anyone that sees a snake four feet away and can't figure out how to leave it alone needs to learn how. Or you could just feed them to the coyotes I guess. The choice is yours. But to me to kill a snake is just plain cowardly, unnecessary and not kind. And seriously radmax, an RVer! That was a low blow! ;)~
hiya radmax, and thanks! for interesting comments. so glad you, too, enjoy the great outdoors - even with your near-snake encounter. eeek!
i also noticed the rattlers seem more aggressive than ever before. my theory is they are ticked off, like coyotes have become, that people keep infringing and are finally taking a stand. coyotes go ahead and walk through supermarkets these days, you know!
as notable as rattlensakes are, however, i think perhaps one of the most annoying entities are gnats. they don't stay outside, either. you can find them buzzing around unwanted all over your lightbulbs, eyeballs and computer screens. double eek!
So, Lingo head, what do you do with a rattler parked outside your tent when you have to pee at 2 in the am? Rattlers in the open, let 'em go on their way...unless they are the aggressive variety my dog and I happened upon a couple of weeks ago, dropped right out of a greasewood into a strike posture...about 4 feet from us. This nasty critter would not budge out of our only route up a hill to camp from the lake...through waist high bushes. I bombarded the sucker with rocks (if I had my pistol he'd be coyote food) for 5 minutes till he finally moved off into his secure haven of cover in our path, about ten yards from our camp. You may find a nocturnal hunting venomous snake in your camp area comforting; I do not. I suppose rattlers are not a problem to an RVer... ;)
Ryn, if you can't camp without killing the wildlife please just stay home. Rattlesnakes do not deserve to be killed just because you do not know how to deal with them. You and your beau should be ashamed of yourselves.
Greatly appreciated article on the Az great outdoors. (Az's most redeeming quality in my book) From fly fishing at Shush Be Tou or the north fork of the Black river on the White Mountain Apache res, to watersports or battlin' a lunker bass on the SRP lakes, to quail huntin' in our local desert areas, one would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and diverse range of fun outdoor activities anywhere! Just steer clear of the municipalities...and this place ain't half bad. ;)
hey chasbass.blogs -
thanks for your input and SO COOL! to hear you, too, have found joy in nature. one correction - i am a ms. or miss, not a mr. - but that's OK, especially since you spelled gargulinski perfectly!
enjoy the great outdoors and thanks again for comment,
Thank you Tucson Weekly/Mr. Gargulinski:) from my own personal experience? Arizona is yet another Paradise in this land was made for you and me:)
27 states and counting!
Hey Just Me and Bob Cap -
thanks for input! and esp. appreciate the tips, Just Me. as luck/fate/inevitability would have it, i did my first WHEN today. went down softly on a sand/gravel bank, so all is A-OK. was also ATGATT-ing, so no scrapes or bruises, either!
and wow on the 100,000 miles - hope it was through some terrific scenery.
Teriffic article......old ex-rider.....
Ryn - great article. With around 100,000 miles under the belt, two things to share with you.
1) It's not a matter of if you go down, it's a matter of WHEN you go down.
2) ATGATT - All the gear, all the time.
so GLAD! to hear you had a pleasant experience with a hospital stay and are recovering fabulously - thanks for your input!
i was hoping, too, that the experience we endured was an anomaly in the big scheme of things. my beau is famous for being a kind of magnet for bad luck (most evident when driving down the road or trying to set up online accounts) so maybe the hospital stay just fell into that one-in-a-million crappy experience category.
in any event, thanks again for your positive input - and wish we had had some of your luck!
I don't know what hospital your friend went to but a year ago I had major back surgery at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital.
My experience was totally different. They carefully explained everything before the surgery and even made appointments for follow up care after the surgery.
The nurses were busy but professional and I never had to wait long after pushing the call button. The surgeon came by to check every day and made sure that the nurses were doing what they were supposed to be doing.
After I was released, they sent me to their physical therapy department which carefully demonstrated how to get up out of bed or even off the floor. They had me walking the next day after surgery, even before I left the hospital.
It wasn't exactly a vacation but it was the sort of care one would expect and need after major surgery. And a year later, I feel great. I can now walk again without severe pain in my back and legs. YMMV.
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