Monday, November 10, 2008

BUYING GREEN BANANAS? Depends upon your age!

When you are nearly two years beyond your life expectancy some think one should not plan too far ahead, including the "Buying of Green Bananas". If you know me or have read my blog you know I don't put much credance in that old saw, unless money is involved. Last month when the dentist prepared a tooth for a crown, made the cast and ordered the crown they gave me the option of paying the full amount of $174.60 or just paying half then and the balance when the crown was fitted this month. Not buying green bananas seemed like a good fiscal policy. What to do, that was the question.

There is another sea-going question from the old days of sail when rancid, salt pork was often the fare of the day. The pork was frequently served with live weevils on the plate. When there was a big weevil and a small weevil the question was which did you choose? The answer, of course, was that when one was faced with a choice one should always choose the lesser of two "weevils" (evils). And, so I paid only for the work performed.

Although the crown will not be fitted until two weeks from today, I went in and paid the bill today. Did I forget the "Green Banana" fiscal policy? Nope! I remembered the "Drunken Sailor" policy. Excepting for my two small grandchildren, my four very small great grand children and my wife, I completed my Christmas shopping today. I went to the Farmer's Market in Hartville and to Sam's Club. Now just in case you think I'm just going to try to weasle by Christmas with just a half gallon of apple butter per family again, you're wrong. Trust me! You know there is a lot of work making that apple butter and I'm busy working on my cross country trike trip.

What has all this got to do with paying the dental bill ahead of time? Well, between Christmas presents and the trike trip I'm spending money like "a drunken sailor". The way those green backs are fleeing from my pockets, in two weeks I'll be as broke as a sailor with a hang over. Just to be on the safe side I stopped in at the dentist and paid the upcoming bill in full. Now, if I can just hang on to $20 for my doctor's appointment next week. "Brother, can you spare a dime"?

One should never use money to measure their treasure.

God Bless!

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