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Greetings Riders,
Well, the last half of December is when I try to wind down a bit, to restore my creative juices by giving them a break, and enjoy the Christmas season with friends and family. To help me accomplish this I will give you any breaking news or tidbits I come across, but for the editorial will replay a newsletter article that I have done sometime over the last 12 years.
I will admit it. As Christmas rolls around again, it reaffirms that I'm not a big fan of shopping with crowds. In fact, it is low on my list of things to do. But this time of year, whether we like it or not, at some point you are going to find yourself in a position where you will be pushing that cart up to the front of the store and you will have to choose which line you are going to get into that will move the fastest. Invariably there will be a "Line Killer" somewhere.
Your job is to pick the line that won't have one. We have all been there. In fact, it has become a game with me. Once I pick a line, I monitor the other lines, to see if I made the right choice. Freud might have some fun with that behavior, but it gives me something to do while waiting.
Back in 2002 I wrote a story about this very subject that is timeless and everyone can relate to. And to this day, when I go to Costco, or any where else for that matter, and get ready to pick a line, this story comes to mind. So I thought I would bring it out of the Archives, dust it off and share it with you again. Enjoy.
Excerpt from the Weekly Update 12/23/2002.
My how time flies. It is now the 23rd of December, 2002. That means I am probably half done with my Christmas shopping. As usual, I got started 3 days before the big day with my annual Christmas shopping stop at Costco. You think that place is busy on a normal day, you should try it the last weekend before Christmas. After driving around in circles for several minutes I finally found a parking spot just within site of the building, but that was fine, the long walk gave me some time to do some brainstorming on some gift ideas.
As I approached the store I grabbed a cart, flashed my card and proceeded inside the store where there was a nasty bottleneck that stopped everybody. Well, almost everybody. There was a little old lady from Sun City that apparently didn't see the brake lights on the carts ahead and crashed into MY rear quarter. After she apologized several times, I told her that it was alright, my rear bumper had enough padding to be rated higher than the typical 5 mph crash. Hoping things would improve I continued on to look for gifts and pick up a few staples. So I got my annual 40 pound jar of peanut butter, 3 gallon jar of jelly, 100 razor blade refills, 500 Christmas cookies (for a party of 10), and knowing that I was going to be spending some time with the in-laws, I picked up a bottle of 10,000 Tylenol Extra Strength tablets. But it's all a good deal right? After getting shutout on that perfect gift idea I headed to the checkout area to scope out the fastest line.
I've talked about this before, but it happens so often that it bears repeating. Given my disdain for long checkout lanes, I now have to decide which of these 20 plus checkout lanes is going to move the fastest. My job is to sniff out the persons who are the "Line Killers" and not get behind them. You know the ones; can't find their checkbook, card is expired, can't remember their PIN, has the one item in the store without a UPC code on it, slow writer, asks stupid questions, yada, yada, yada. I know you are shaking your head in agreement about now, we've all been behind them. These people are the shopper version of carbon monoxide, they are a colorless, odorless killer of lines, and you don't know you have been affected until your line has been rendered useless by one of these silent line assassins.
After careful deliberation and a scan of the available lines to find potential offenders, I pick out a line to settle in for the quick exit. But suddenly, I saw what was a nice opening in the line next to me and quickly moved my cart to that line. (Note to self, go with your first impression) Next I took note of the people I would have been behind in the other lines to eventually see if I had picked the right one. This isn't a new activity for me, I do the same thing on the freeway when I pick a lane to drive in. OK, it's more of a sickness than an activity, but it gives me something to do while I am waiting. So sure enough, before the wheels stopped rolling on my cart in the new line, a "line killer" rears its ugly head and made his presence known for the next 10 minutes. It really hurts when you see the guy in the line next to you, that was in the place you could have been, walk out the door and you still have 3 people in front of you. I was watching the people in the lines I did not choose, go through them like 10 gallons of water through a 9 gallon funnel.
Unbeknownst to me, the clerk in the line that I so suddenly rebuffed had been watching the whole thing. She even caught my eye and tried to console me. She said: "Sorry bout that hun, it happens to me all the time. I can never pick the right line." While those words didn't get me out of there any faster, the gesture did rate high on the misery loves company chart. We shared a little laugh and I was no worse for the wear. Worse things could happen. All it did was remind me that I was now 5 out of 7 for picking bad lines this shopping season. So to save others from this kind of frustration, I think these people should have to wear a button on their back that say's: BEWARE! I'm a line killer, enter this line at your own risk. That would save us all a lot of time and frustration.
Happy Christmas Shopping! And remember this story the next time you are picking a line. Avoid the Line Killer!

Next Week
Saturday, December 15th
Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson and Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson would like to invite you to join them for customer appreciation day on Saturday, December 15th, from 11-3 PM @ AZ H-D and 11-2PM @ Anthem H-D. Enjoy FREE food, drinks, great music and take advantage of the complimentary gift wrapping services provided by the Ladies of Harley™. Santa Claus will also be on hand for photographs and to receive Christmas wishes from the little ones at the Anthem location from 11- 12:00 PM and at the Phoenix location from 1-3 PM. Don’t miss this great family friendly event at your favorite Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson location. For more information go to or e-mail
Saturday, December 15th
6th Annual AZ Veterans Home Christmas Party & Donations Benefit.
Please help us bring joy, love and respect to the 200 patients confined to the VA’s “Old Vet’s Home”. Event will be held at the Arizona State Veterans Home at 4141 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix, AZ from Noon to 5PM. This will be an event you will never forget. Just being in the presence of those who have fought for our freedom is an honor and a privilege. Food, live entertainment, and special VIP’s will also be in attendance. Many of these Veterans rarely receive visits from the outside world, and not only need and desire companionship, but are all in desperate need of the items listed on our Donations page. If you are not able to attend this year’s event, please donate as many of the items listed, so we can insure each and every patient will receive the items they need and the items they desire. Explore our website to learn more about how you can help, view our video and photo galleries of previous Christmas celebrations, and "meet" our Featured Veteran and Featured Staff/Volunteer. If you have questions or have donations that need to be picked-up, please call our Event Hotline and leave us your name, phone number and nature of your correspondence. A representative will be in touch just as soon as possible. More information at 602-535-2170 or email . Visit
Sunday, December 16th
W. Steven Martin’s 911 Toy Drive Toy Run. Sign in and Start at Cowtown Boots located at 1-17 and Thunderbird Rd. (NW Corner) from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Ride starts at 11 AM. Donation: $10 and a New Toy for a chance to win a Cruise. The ride will end at the new 911 Toy Drive warehouse located at 6939 S. Harl Ave. in Tempe, AZ at the I T Partners building. Exit I-10 and Elliott. Turn East on Elliott to the first stop light. Harl runs along side the Coca Cola Company. This is the last ride of the 2012 Holiday Season and we know that most of you ride in a few other runs. That is why we want you to see where your gift and money goes. We work with Officers and Fiew all year long to help children in need. If you can’t make the ride, you can still donate. See flyer for details. Join W. on on 96.3 KSWG radio for Friday morning parties!

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Facebook. Over 4000 FANS! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"

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