>Earlier this week, Husband worried that he was coming down with a cold. I advised him to take it easy, particularly since he was leaving for the Old World for a week, and being sick while traveling is miserable. Of course, I did not take my own counsel, staying up all hours and running around in chilly, damp weather, and now I'm knocked again with a fucking cold. Will this winter of discontent never end?!?!

Yesterday evening I journeyed out of my sick cocoon and was distracted by a store offering 70% off the original ticket price of certain items. I found a great sweater, and was pleased by my savings. The cashier told me that they had another shop around the corner with more items, so my friend and I sauntered over there. I found a flattering wrap dress that was originally $98. When I went to pay for it, the cashier said it would be $39.

"Oh, the sign said that the items in that section were 70% off the original price," I told him.

"Right," he nodded. "That's $39."

"No, it's less than that."

He sighed and pointed at the tag. "It was originally $98."

I took a deep breath. "Yes, I am aware of that. And 70% off of 98 is NOT $39. It is $29 and change."

Long sigh from the cashier.

"OK, forget it," I snapped. "I don't want it anym..."

"That'll be $29.40."

Damn, people! Of course, when I woke up this morning and looked at the original price of the sweater, I discovered that they overcharged me by $5.60. Gah!!!!