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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 10:21pm on 14/02/2011 under ,
When I came home tonight, I saw a *huge* book stuffed into the magazine clip of our mailbox. It was the size of a phone book, but the phone company leaves new phonebooks on my driveway when they bother to deliver them, and they usually deliver them in the autumn anyway. So what was this thing?

Closer inspection revealed that it was a boating enthusiast's catalog: West Marine.

Then I understood what was going on.

A few years ago, I was looking for a Christmas present for my brother-in-law, who lives on Long Island and enjoys boating in his spare time. So at the suggestion of his wife, I bought him a $25 gift certificate from West Marine.

I've been on West Marine's e-mailing list ever since. Periodically, I get mail from them, which I delete.

I haven't made another purchase from them since, but apparently they think it's worth it to send me a 5-pound (literally!) catalog anyway.

So for the joy of giving my brother-in-law something he could really use, I get a white elephant that's going into the recycling bin.

On the other hand, there might be something in there that a landlubber like me could use. Guess I'll flip through it first.
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