It's pumpkin time again. In years past we have tried to go to some of the local pumpkin patches around town. We enjoy having the family outing and the tradition of it all. It's just that the local pumpkin patches seem to be raking people like us over the coals. One local grower has gone to charging people to park. Then they charge you to ride on the wagon out to the patch. You then have to pay per pound for your pumpkin. You'll spend close to a hundred bucks just getting four pumpkins. No thanks.
This year we decided to skip the whole pumpkin patch and just buy some pumpkins that have already been picked. We decided to go to a farm market, it's a store called Farm Market. It's not like they have local farmers hawking their wares in stalls around the square or anything like that. It's marketing. It's a store. Well, they were wanting 29 cents a pound for pumpkins. They had quite the selection. My guess is that they had such a huge selection because people like use decided to drive down the street to Target and buy an equally sized gourd for $2.99.
We took our four pumpkins home and spend the evening preparing them. We spread out a drop cloth on the kitchen floor. Past out instruments of destruction to everyone and dived in to the orange globes. Everyone lopped the tops off and went elbow deep in to the goo. After all the innards were removed the seeds were sorted and laid out to dry for roasting. Tonight we will apply our designs to them and cut out the faces that we want to have on them. We ran out of time due to the children's bed times. I think it will be nice that pumpkin carving gets to be two nights this year and not just one like years past. Halloween is only a few days away. I'll get some pictures of our work posted soon.
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.
However, in modern business, because of the heavy investment factors to be taken into consideration, often other strategies have to be tried with dead horses, including the following:
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Threatening the horse with termination.
4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
7. Appointing an intervention team to reanimate the dead horse.
8. Creating a training session to increase the riders load share.
9. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
10. Changing the form so that it reads: "This horse is not dead."
11. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
13. Donating the dead horse to a recognized charity, thereby deducting its full original cost.
14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
15. Doing a time management study to see if the lighter riders would improve productivity.
16. Purchasing an after-market product to make dead horses run faster.
17. Declaring that a dead horse has lower overhead and therefore performs better.
18. Forming a quality focus group to find profitable uses for dead horses.
19. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for horses.
20. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.