My sister saw an ad in the newspaper last week.
The ad started with the words, ‘How lucky are you?’ in bold print, and large enough that even a blind person could see them. The local HVAC company was running a contest. You could win a brand new HVAC system, or your choice of a furnace or air conditioning unit. They were also donating an air purification system to one lucky person, and a ductless HVAC system. Altogether, there were four different HVAC systems being given away. It cost $10 for a ticket, and the drawing was going to be on January 1. My mom was mulling over how lucky she was when dad got home. He told her there was no way she was going to win a new HVAC system. Even if she did, they had just bought a brand new HVAC system, complete with a whole-home air purification system. We didn’t need another HVAC system, so she should save her money. Mom was thinking it would be a gift for grandma and grandpa, but dad said no. He would not donate money to the HVAC company when he had just paid for a new HVAC system. Mom shouted it was her money, and she could spend it any way she wanted. Mom stomped off to make dinner, and dad sat down with his newspaper. When he opened it up, there was the HVAC ad about the contest. I had to admit that it was hard to ignore, but I thought it was just another gimmick to get money off people.