It all began so innocently. We were with the group from our church at an Angels' baseball game when we were approached by this fast talking young man who wanted to show us how we could get a trip to Catalina Island with an overnight stay. We've been there before, but we both thought we might like to do that again. So we listened.
We had not only been to Catalina before, but we had been hustled with bribes to sit through a sales pitch for a time share resort before also. As he piled on the bribes to strengthen our incentive, he listed two tickets to Knotts, two more tickets to later Angels games, a $25 coupon for a meal at the resort, which turned out to be the Lawrence Welk resort in Temecula.
The deja vu syndrome was still at work. Back in '04 we had been there and done that at the Welk Resort too. But this pile of desirable incentives (bribes) seemed to strike us just right. Then when he threw in two extra tickets to Knotts, Barbara was hooked. She did all the arranging, but if I had objected I'm sure she would have put on the brakes, but I didn't. Before we could say "Play ball!" we were signed up for an appointment. If you have never done this, you need to know that they take a $40 deposit just to make sure you show up for the pitch.
We also arranged with the Welk Resort to have overnight accommodations at half price. We put in our time for the sales pitch. We managed to say "No" once again, and enjoyed our resort room and half priced dinners at the elegant restaurant. Barbara has a hard time bypassing prime rib, and I enjoyed a new culinary delight of stuffed chicken breast with asparagus, capers and brie with a sauce that was the most delicious I've ever had on a chicken breast. No, we didn't order any wine--mostly because we both take some prescriptions that warn us not to drink alcoholic drinks. Oh, the hardships of getting old and decrepit!
Now we need to redeem our coupons for these other trips (Angel game, Knotts Berry Farm and Catalina) before they expire. I'm ashamed to admit that I have let incentives (bribes) expire before. I ought to quit this blog post so I can take care of that right now.