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April 29, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The Cost of Spring

postcard. Spring sale on personal loans (© image. Copyrighted, no permission granted, all rights reserved)

Beat the Spring rush! “Come get your loan today!”(© image)

You thought Spring was priceless? Apparently not.

It’s not a tax; it’s a user fee.

According to this postcard advertisement, financial assistance is available. Whew. 

A marketing strategy borrowed from Hallmark: everyday is an opportunity to profit.

Worrisome, though. Is Spring licensing franchises or is someone profiting from her celebrity status without her knowledge?

 Anyway, a local personal loan company wants to put cash, as well as, spring in your step.

Had to wonder though, why now?

  • Spring Break is over. (But maybe the credit card charges for those poolside snacks and that beach Tiki Bar have arrived)
  • Spring’s warm weather usually means baring it. (But local dress codes can require cover-ups – new ones complimenting seasonal blooming.)
  • Spring gift giving for Mother’s Day surely smiles on “It’s the thought that counts.” (But, in this competitive era …)

A quote on loan (free of charge) from Robin Williams: “Spring is Nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party.'”

woman. Batten/Connia and the Fairy Maiden, Celtic Fairy Tales, 1892 (USPD, pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

When confronted by government mandated health and safety regulations, Spring picked up a pear and demonstrated the original first pitch of the season.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Wonder if there’s surcharge for Spring fever.

Shouldn’t we ask for a discount for Spring allergies?

Ready for any Maydays.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

A few thoughts springing from baseball legend, Yogi Berra

“Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren’t allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.”

“I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps kids out of the house.”

“I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.”

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

Back of postcard marketing Spring loans (© image. Copyrighted, all rights reserved , no permissions granted

The back of the postcard clearly indicates an understanding of Spring euphoria and fuzzy thinking. One sign the company doesn’t plan to strike out: “Please note all loans subject to normal credit policies.” (© image)

 

 

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  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 29 2019 6:42 am

    maybe my parents know a lot about the spring breaks what end broke and therefore I was not allowed to go?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2019 7:37 am

      Some parents who know a lot say “When you can pay cash for it, you can have a spring vacation.” As your mom wisely says, you can get broke at Spring Break in more ways than one. Paw waves and thanks for charging over to chat

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  2. shoreacres / Apr 29 2019 6:47 am

    This is an odd one. Still, you have to give them a couple of points for creativity, not to mention the old “anything for a buck” philosophy. Maybe they’ve been inspired by nature’s excesses of the season, and want to encourage excessive spending. Hmmmm….. indeed.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2019 7:31 am

      Setting up your spring fling. Actually mailing out postcard advertisements. Weird, right? Cost vs reward – would be interested in their response rate/profit. (With the costs of proms, “Baby MUST have that graduation Corvette”, summer child care and weddings, maybe they know something we don’t – like NASA and FEMA practicing for incoming asteroids? https://gizmodo.com/nasa-and-fema-will-simulate-an-impending-asteroid-strik-1834308695)
      Didn’t people wail over how materialistic the 50’s were…well, mid century style/”apartment furniture” is back so maybe everything has to go retro HAHA (really not funny)
      Thanks for adding to the puzzle

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 29 2019 7:30 am

    Maybe there’s a summer discount coming. End of season sale?

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  4. anotherday2paradise / Apr 29 2019 8:20 am

    I love the quotes, especially the one about not fighting over who wins and who loses. Our politicians could definitely take that to heart. 😀

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  5. RKLikesReeses / Apr 29 2019 8:28 am

    Hunh. Can’t be to prep for a visit from Spring Byington – she died in 1971. Ha! Maybe they’re getting ready for a rate hike. Gotta think about this one. LOVE the quotes! 👏👏👏

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2019 9:14 am

      A Hallmark inspired attempt to monetize an entire season?
      Run for the hills (Oh, they’ll fund that if you want…they have interest.)
      Thanks for playing fair

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  6. D. Wallace Peach / Apr 29 2019 10:21 am

    Spring just arrived two days ago. Finally! I think businesses will use anything they can to recommend spending money. Fortunately sunshine is still free!

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  7. sustainabilitea / Apr 29 2019 4:32 pm

    What a terrible way to (ab)use spring!! 😦 I love Yogi-isms and am in the throes of spring fever here, although last night’s and this morning’s rain have dampened my spirits for the moment. However, when the water recedes (and I’m not working), I’ll be venturing out again to see how the wildflowers are doing. Thank goodness for duck boots, though!!

    janet

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  8. LordBeariOfBow / May 3 2019 11:13 pm

    A money hungry society; nasty.
    Love what Yogi 🐻 says/said. Lots of wisdom in that lot.

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