Today was the annual Audubon Bee School, last year was my first year and my dad, nephew, and daughter went with me. This year I had to do it solo. Stephanie Tarwater was the keynote speaker she spoke of AHB , not sure if it was the most appropriate topic but interesting. The problem was being alone and the predators that lurk around these types of events. I really did not notice the predatory actions last year as dad was with and was asking what do we need to buy :razz: . So in addition to the stuff I had pre-ordered from Kelley I could not resist the prices that The honey and bee connection had on wooden ware. So all alone with no guidance ( or resistance ) I was trapped into filling my suv with as much bee stuff I could fit in it ( good price, no shipping, and sorting thru the parts and picking up the best ones ). So more or less I picked up enough stuff for 6 hives and a couple of 5 frames ( again I didn't need them but good price no shipping ) So here is where the problem comes in I'm all loaded up and several people are saying " wow " to the amount of stuff that is being loaded into my suv. So right now I'm on a shoppers high thinking of how much money I just saved :dance::yahoo::clap:. So after loading and getting on the road back to Indiana it strikes me that the boss lady is going to inquire about what I spent :shock:, the fact that we have no joint accounts is a saving grace at times, that approach was not going to work. So I checked the manly man book which brought me to chapter 3 ( chapter 3: how to over come death on non approved purchases ) paragraph 12 page 52 states " when non approved purchases are made there are two distinct ways to handle them 1: act like you have control of the situation and tell here don't worry about it it's my money, or 2: call ahead and let her no you are stopping by the market and see if she needs anything ( hoping the answer is a bottle of wine ). Notable action 1 with the boss lady is going to lead to most certain death or castration. So I opted for 2 as hoped for she asked for a bottle of wine , yes I bought her two. :grin: So the moment of truth I get home and grab the wine out of the truck to be greeted by the boss lady a kiss and hello. She ask about the class and the people I met so in the small talk I give her the wine. She thanks me and goes about her business. So I head back out and unload the truck, when I come back in she ask that question right off the bat " honey how much did you spend today ? " So now it is do or die time :club:. So back to the manly man book a quick answer of an outrageous amount, my relpy ":dontknow: not exactly sure there where so many vendors there that I bought stuff from but I'm sure it was less then $2000 " she laughed a little and the subject died.