Monday, May 08, 2006

A Preposition You Can't Refuse

I love capitalism. Driving down the street in the last week I’ve seen signs advertising a Jewelry Sale, a Carpet Sale, and a Clearance Sale. My neighbor just threw his hat in the ring. He’s having a For Sale. Even put a sign in his front yard.

I’m not sure why people want to sell their fors. It’s an important preposition; for better or for worse; for richer or for poorer. And why is for the only preposition people don’t want? You never hear anybody disussing the Over Sale or the But Sale. People try to peddle fors from their cars or boats or motorcycles. Some try to negotiate: "For Sale: Make Offer". I avoid these sales. After all, what can you offer for a for? One student on our campus created a flyer telling me where I could preview his offer: “For Sale By Owner.” I looked all around him and didn’t see his for.

It seems everybody having a home-based For Sale eventually moves. They must be a bear to load on the U-Haul. I’ll have to ask my neighbor before the weekend. Saturday he'll be busy with a Garage Sale.

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