Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Never mind the fact that we've lived in this house for nearly 4 years now, we not only continue to get people calling and asking for the previous people at this phone number, but we also still occasionaly receive welcome packages from local businesses.

We got one such package today from a dentist in a neighboring town. It was a small cardboard box filled with green tissue paper. Under the paper were several advertisements and notecards about his practice (new patients get a $25 Starbucks gift card!) as well as a free toothbrush...

And a one-pound bar of Hershey's chocolate.

The dentist mailed us a block of candy large enough to be used as a lethal weapon. Maybe it's just me, but this kind of gesture seems on par with your life insurance agent inviting you to go skydiving, or for your doctor to be buying you a pack of cigarettes, or for your stock broker to suggest buying, well, just about anything these days...

I really can't think of a better way for him to say, "Hey, I'm really just after your money" than by sending huge chunks of candy to total strangers. It's like guys who show up with roses on a first date. It's not like the women don't already know what their goal is anyway, the roses just make it obvious.

This is like that. Only with a cheaper up-front cost.

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