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Am I the only one wondering about this stuff?

While I was quietly lamenting the fact that I had just purchased $118.00 worth of groceries that I probably could have carried out of the store with my hands if I were feeling ambitious, I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share.  Additionally, I have a few questions.

Could someone explain to me how so many Mattress Superstores manage to stay afloat?  Mattress warehouses are becoming as ubiquitous as Starbucks, at least here in the Austin area.  Every time I turn around, there is another one.  Every new shopping area includes one, sometimes two. 

Perhaps I not changing my mattress often enough?  I looked it up tonight, and I found this answer: "The best rule of thumb is to change your mattress when you are having trouble getting a good night's rest."   I have a two-year old child, which means that I should be replacing my mattress at least twice a week using this particular guideline.

Another answer stated that a decent mattress should come with a 10-year warranty minimum.  It also said that good name brands (which ours is) come with a 20-year warranty. 

With that in mind, I have decided the time might be right for launching my newest franchise idea: roof superstores.  It sounds like the lifespan for a good mattress is about the same as a roof, so my idea seems sound, right?

On a semi-related note, I have a clock radio made by GE that my grandmother bought for me when I was visiting her.  I was 11 years old when this purchase was made, which makes my clock radio about 26 years of age.  Is that normal?  I guess that might explain why there aren't any Clock Radio Superstores or Clock Radio Warehouses.  They make those babies to last.  Sure, it has an early 80's font on it, but it's digital and the speaker is fine.  Why replace it?

For a long time, my wife and I joked about the proliferation of nail salons and liquor stores in our area, which of course are the hallmark of good taste the world round.  Simply add a pawn shop and a check cashing service and it screams "This is a ritzy area of town."

But seriously, every strip center that I have seen in and around Austin seems to contain a nail salon.  I am clearly in the wrong business. 

Thanks for reading!


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