The Price of Business


Years ago, one evening, a reporter raced out of his house to find his car would not start. He called a cab.

What was so important? A house fire on the fire/police scanner.

Paying the cab driver, he got out and went to work. Fire crews made short work of the structure blaze and returned to their station.

Suddenly, he found himself alone, miles from home, and since cellphones were not available, he had to walk the four or five miles back into town. Such is the life of anyone who works in the rural newspaper business.

After missing our publishing deadline, I knew I’d have to deliver the newspapers once printed. No problem, since that is part of my job.

It happens that on that day, my truck had broken down and was in the shop. Further, my wife’s car went crazy and all sorts of sensor lights popped on along her dash.

So, taking a cue from the reporter, I called for an Uber ride to help me get my delivery out. It’s the first time I used the service ever.

It cost over $200 to complete my deliveries, the price of doing business. As I finished, the repair shop called to tell me my truck was ready, so add nearly $400 to my spending for the day.

But it didn’t break the bank — I still have 56 cents to my name, so I’m ahead.

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