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Friday, July 20, 2012

Who in Their Right Mind

It's Friday and it's been a rather challenging week so, it's time for a little levity in today's blog.  Attached is an authentic photo and advertisement from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue for the Barbecue Dining Boat.  For the ridiculously unreasonable price of $50,000, plus an additional $3000 for shipping, you can have a 12-foot in diameter boat with a built in barbecue grill, a table with recessed place settings, seating for 10 people, an 11-foot umbrella and a motor that has a maximum speed of 2.5 nautical miles per hour.   This is where the "who in their right mind" would purchase a $53,000 "it's not even a boat" boat.  The Barbecue Dining Boat has to be the dumbest idea that I have seen in long time.  For $50,000 you can purchase a plethora of very nice used power boats and for anywhere from $25 to $400 you can purchase a grill that is outfitted for use on a boat.  I can't imagine the embarrassment of cruising along a lake at 2.5 miles per hour, with 9 other people and all of us choking on smoke every time the lid from the grill is opened while other boaters go zipping by in a real boat.  What will Hammacher Schlemmer think of next?

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