I am starting off with a warning this week. Beware of vacuum cleaner salespeople unless you actually need a sweeper. And then think twice before letting them in the door. I won't mention any company names, but will relay the experience of one family in Harmony on Tuesday evening. They thought it was a young college girl wanting to talk about something that would earn her a trip to Las Vegas.
The family explained that with all the grandkids there, they could only allow a few minutes and invited her into their home. She said she had to get her materials out of the van. She drug in a sweeper and the man in the van drove away. They were stuck with her for an hour and 40 minutes before he returned. No matter how many times they said "no", she would ask how much they could put down or how the easy payment plan worked.
When the kids were getting hungry, the family shared ice cream bars with the sales lady. Finally when the man returned, the salespeople offered a thousand dollar discount on the sweeper. Sounds suspicious!
The family still said "no". They didn't have carpet, they didn't want a new vacuum. The sales people asked to use the bathrooms and then finally left. There was no criminal activity that they knew of but just a lot of aggravation. The family kept being polite and the salespeople just kept staying.
Normally, I wouldn't knock someone out there beating the pavement to sell a product. It is hard to go door to door. I've done it. I know.
This particular company did the same routine on one of my cousins and his wife in another part of the county a few months ago. The van dropped them off (for a few minutes!) and then did not return for 2-3 hours.
My cousins got so hungry they ended up fixing supper for the four salespeople. My cousins told them over and over that they did not want a vacuum cleaner. They did not buy a vacuum cleaner.
Why do these people spend so much time with someone who has said "no" from the beginning?
Another cousin did need a vacuum and bought the product. This was a year or so ago. She tried many times to contact the company when it did not work. All they wanted was her money.
I only know of three bad experiences so I won't run down the company name but neighbors beware. Find out what they are selling before agreeing to let them "talk" to you. If it's sweepers, they may move in. This group seems to be very bold.
I called Harmony Town Council President Janice Gooch to see if these vacuum salespeople had permission to solicit in Harmony. She said they had NOT contacted her for permission.
The Jonah Fish Fry and 150th Anniversary Celebration at Harmony United Methodist Church went very well on Sunday. We had a nice crowd and everyone had a good time. After cleaning up Fellowship Hall, we all went to the sanctuary for the Worship Service and Holy Communion.
Pastor Bob Kumpf took the place of the Lay Leader at the opening and showed a PowerPoint of old pictures. Former pastor, Rev. Myron James, gave the sermon. He reminded us to think of the future even when we are smiling in remembrance at the past.
He told several humorous stories about past members of Harmony Methodist. Then Pastor Bob and Carolyn served communion. It was starting to get dark as the service progressed and the lighted candles gave a nice glow. It was a beautiful and touching service.
The nice lady (I couldn't remember her name in last week's column) that had called me about having pictures of the 1943 Harmony Quilters was Lois Mager. She came to the fish fry and introduced herself. Thanks for letting us use the pictures and sorry again for forgetting your name when you were being so nice.
The Roaches are planning to head to Mario's today to celebrate Erin's birthday. Unfortunately she will be Florida. We'll eat at her favorite restaurant and call her with Happy Birthday wishes. Sorry we can't share a little salsa, Munchkin'.
Next Thursday, our family will be heading to Chaney's for our Thursday get together. Chaney's have their Thanksgiving dinners every Thursday in November except for actual Thanksgiving. The 20th and the 23rd are advertised as Thanksgiving feasts with extra side dishes and all the customers get pumpkin bars with the dinners. We don't want to miss that.
Happy Birthday to Shirley Pell & Erin Roach (13th), Susie Pell (17th), Suzy Morgan & Kenda Dierdorf (20th), Meaka (Sanders) Barnett (25th), Jim Clausen (29th). Happy Anniversary to Travis and Christina Jones & George and Sarah Lawrence (27th).
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Nov. 16 -- Stewardship Sunday. Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Nov. 18 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Nov. 19 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.
Nov. 20 -- Trustees 6 p.m., Admin. Board 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 -- Harmony United Methodist Women Christmas Party 6 p.m.