Well, here it is... Memorial Day. For us in the home improvement retail business, this is our busiest day of the year. People always find that surprising. They believe Black Friday is the holiest of holies in the retail world. Well, it is if you sell flat screen TVs and trendy fashions. However, when it comes to gas grills and picture-perfect curb appeal, this is our day. Now, I know you're asking yourselves who would wait until the Official start of summer to go out and buy a grill for a cookout planned for that very day? The same people who bought illegal, Memorial Day fireworks two months ago. Need I say anything more?
And I do get to work today. We're having a cookout at the store, burgers and hot dogs. The grill we are using was marked down at the end of last summer. There's no way we're going to lose a grill sale today.
There are lots of little patriotic American flags being flashed around today. I have one. It's in the closet downstairs. I don't usually fly it because the pole is very inexpensive aluminum that is unsuitable for flying a flag. In fact, the only reason I have one is because my parents gave it to me as a gift. If anyone asks about my patriotism, I tell them I voluntarily joined the Navy and went to Vietnam. If the person happens to be a loser, I'll follow up with the question: what have you done for your country?
Here, never before seen on the internet is a picture of me in my Navy dress blues with my mom. As I scanned this into my computer, I thought "shit, I was rather cute back then."