Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free Lunch

Yesterday, my Blog’s most avid fan, Mr. Richard Feder of Fort Lee, NJ, posted a comment to my Blog about Gas Problems. Mr. Feder is a man of few words so he simply wrote “I do believe the time of the "free lunch" is over.”

Now, I have always believed that the term “free lunch” meant getting something for nothing but actually paying for it in other ways. My Dad always said “There isn’t such a thing as a “free lunch” or a “free ride”.

When I was a teenager you could find gasoline for 20 cents per gallon. You didn't have to pump it yourself and the attendants would clean your windshield. On top of this you would get S&H Green stamps at many stations. I, and my boyhood friends, used to buy gas with loose change so that we could cruise the main drag in my Chicago neighborhood. Searching for feminine companionship for a weekend night was one of our favorite pastimes.

I just checked the Inflation Calculator and those 20 cents in 1962 are equal to $1.37 in 2007.

Going back to the “free lunch”, and what my Dad said more than 50 years ago.

It’s now called free dinner.

Especially here in Florida, where many of the restaurants with bars put out free Happy Hour Hors D'oeuvres to attract customers. Some of the spreads are quite elaborate and tasty. Chicken wings, meat balls, fried fish, cheese and a variety of fresh veggies and dipping sauces.

You get all those goodies for the cost of a drink and a tip. For $3 you can leave with a full belly. Okay, it isn’t totally free. But even a TV dinner cost $3 and is not quite as tasty or filling. If you turn off your air conditioning for the hour or so that you spend in the bar, you are actually saving money rather than spending money. Ergo, Free Dinner!

The Beach Bum


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free food is good for the moderate drinker that patronizes the local pub. As long as you don't barf all over the bathroom it is a good thing. I tend to gorge myself and then after a few cocktails peuck my guts out.

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