Sunday, February 21, 2010

Convention Freebies

Yesterday was my Saturday for conventions, or rather "Expo's."

The first was a diabetes "Expo." Entry was free and they were giving out H1N1 and flu vaccines at no cost. The shots were a major freebie so my friend and I both took advantage of them even though she is not diabetic. I am, and have been for some 11 years. It was also interesting going around to the exhibitors and collecting both information, and innumerable pens, keyrings, and pill cases.

Then my friend and I wandered over to an even bigger exhibition labeled a "Baby Boomer Expo." It, too, had no entry fee. I was interested in collecting information on long-term care insurance which I did. The freebies here were amazing--candy and cookies everywhere. [Yes, Grace does see the inherent contradiction in taking these treats, having just come from a convention for diabetics! But we're talking white chocolate, macadamia nut cookies here, not to mention Tootsie Rolls!]

The assisted living folks were out in force as were travel agencies. My friend and I were particularly intrigued with the furniture manufacturers and contractors--does every baby boomer need a new kitchen, a walk-in bathtub, and a recliner that literally throws you out when you want to get up?

A little sad to me were all the "health foods" and supplements being touted. Apparently I can insure against any future physical ailment provided I take Acai berries, Xocai chocolate, Nopales cacti, or organic coffee with mushroom extract. (The sampled coffee wasn't bad until I was told about the mushroom!)

My favorite exhibit concerned raised (like four feet off the ground!) garden beds that could be accessed by wheel chair and didn't require much stooping or bending to reach. It was a clever idea even for the non-handicapped.

All in all, a good and cheap day out, complete with presents.


LC said...

Hooray for freebies. Sounds like Mardi Gras without bands and floats! Well, I guess no beads or moon pies either though macadamia nut and white chocolate cookies are better. Yum! Entertaining and on target post!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all. Free is nice.

See Ya

MasterPo said...

If this is a financial blog then let's be clear:

Those "freebies" where not free.

Someone had to pay for them.

Perhaps not you directly but someone. And in the end it always comes back to you anyway one way or another.

Grace. said...

Grace doesn't quite get Master Po's point. If an item is free for Grace, then it qualifies as a "freebie," for her. The shots were given out the American Diabetes Association in conjunction with a community college nursing program. Grace gets free vaccines; the nursing students get free practice; the American Diabetes Association gets good publicity. About those cookies and Tootsie Rolls? Well, I know have literature and names of a lot more assisted living organizations than I knew existed in my neck of the woods--come the day I need help in my day to day living, I guess we'll see if their provision of white chocolate chip, Macadamia nut cookies to Grace was cost effective or not. In the meantime, the cookies qualified as a "Freebie" in my personal context.

Dawn said...

Sounds like a fun weekend - and getting your shots was smart.