It’s been hotter than normal around here this summer. Late yesterday afternoon, when the heat and humidity were at their worst, I went to the grocery. It was a miserable time to be outside.
Standing under the awning outside the entrance to the doors to the store were two boys about 15 years old. The first kid, Frick, was big and had very curly, light brown hair; his smile was ginormous. Behind him was a super skinny, shorter kid with straight dark hair– and a very loud voice.
They were selling a restaurant coupon book for their high school football team. And they were doing it in such a way that I was trapped standing out in the sun while they gave me their sales pitch.
- Frick: [gliding smoothly into my path toward the door] Hi! We’re selling a coupon book with lots of really awesome stickers in it for our football team.
- Frack: [loudly, jumping to the side of Frick] They’re not stickers…. THEY’RE COUPONS. FOR RESTAURANTS.
- Frick: [stepping in front of Frack while still blocking my way into the store] Oh yea, that’s it. We’re selling a book of coupons to really awesome places to eat like McDon—
- Frack: [loudly, pushing Frick aside] GREAT DEALS.
- Frick: [elbowing Frack aside, not missing a beat] –alds and some pizza places. This is for our football team and it’d be gre–
- Frack: [loudly, jumping to the other side of Frick] GOOD COUPONS.
- Frick: [standing up very tall and stretching his shoulders out to stop Frack from coming anywhere near me] It’d be great if you could buy one…
- Frack: [loudly, standing behind Frick trying to jump high enough to see me over his head] GREAT DEALS. [jump] FOR RESTAURANTS.
- Frick: [sighing and allowing Frack to stand beside him] … for only $20.00.
- Frack: [loudly, bouncing in place] TWENTY DOLLARS.
Now anyone who knows me knows that I’ll buy just about anything from a kid. And anyone who knows me knows that I’ll do just about anything to not stand out in the hot sun. Meaning that this transaction was a done deal before the first word came out of Frick’s mouth.
So I bought one of the coupon books.
I doubt that we’ll ever use anything in there, but that doesn’t matter. The entertainment value of Frick & Frack’s sales pitch was priceless. Definitely one of the best I’ve experienced in a long time. It makes me think that someone over at the local high school is doing something right. What exactly that right thing is, I’m not sure. But something.
‘Cuz man-oh-man, those two boys were effective. And funny.