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December 2007 - Volume 4 - Issue 6

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Publisher’s Note - Hello, My Name Is Charles and I Am a Shopper!

I could lie and say I spent all of Thanksgiving Day watching football, resting in preparation for a spectacular feast prepared by our future in-law Bob. But, with apologies to the chef, I was really preparing for my annual assault on the stores. To me, Thanksgiving’s main purpose is to provide the time to go over the sales circulars and plot my strategy for Black Friday!

What can I say – I was raised by the world’s greatest, most dedicated shopper – Shirley, my mom. She never met a sale she didn’t like, a store she didn’t frequent, and could justify the purchase of just about anything. So each Friday after Thanksgiving, Mom, my sisters and I would venture into downtown Brooklyn and later Kings Plaza (the only mall Brooklyn had to offer) and attack the sales. To us, that was a bonding experience. (In retrospect, it seems humorous and charming – but when the credit card bills rolled in … yikes.)

So not wanting to break with tradition, my boys and I have done the same thing. (It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.) Unfortunately, this year Josh was in Atlanta, so it was left to Drew and I. And thanks to CompUSA (Carol insists they should make me an honorary employee), we were able to start our odyssey on Thanksgiving night. We weren’t first in line, so we decided to spread out to get the best deals. Luckily, we were able to corral some new recruits – Drew’s future sister and brother-in-law. They were rookies, but were eager to learn so we took them along. Armed with sales circulars, sales vouchers and lots of chutzpah, we fanned out, even trading vouchers with another savvy shopper to make sure Drew got the laptop on his list and I got the camera (Carol only shrugged when she saw the box) that I so "desperately" needed. But Thursday night was just a warm-up.

So bright (or should I say dark) and early Friday morning at precisely 4:30 a.m., Drew and I ventured forth to my other two "alma maters" – Best Buy and Circuit City. Carol couldn’t even roll her eyes too much (she was sound asleep, buried under the dog and cat) because we were TV shopping for friends and family. And I’m happy to say we were quite successful, scoring the correct sizes, types and prices to make everyone satisfied and happy. It was only vicarious shopping, I know, but as long as it involves the thrill of the hunt … satisfaction guaranteed.

The irony is that when I finally got home Friday afternoon for a little R & R, my TV decided to go on the fritz – but that’s another publisher’s note (or should I say trip to the store.)

But enough about me! Here’s to you our faithful readers, advertisers, friends and family. You’ve let us know what we’re doing right, what we need to improve, and in many instances, you’ve become true friends and colleagues. Thanks for all you do – whether you work in a hospital, medical office, or affiliated healthcare field – you make us possible.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Charles Felix, Publisher

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews@aol.com.
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