Salesmanship: From Of Mutts And Men

“Can’t you sell that a little better?” Gudrun said.

Uh-oh. Bernie’s selling ability. That had come up once before, actually last Christmas, when Bernie’s mom paid us a visit, accompanied by her boyfriend, fiance, or husband, something we never got quite clear, named Tommy Trauble, owner of Tommy Trauble’s Auto Mile Dealerships in Flamingo Beach, Florida, which was where Bernie’s mom lived. Tommy Trauble had the deepest tan I’d ever seen on a human face, tiny bleached-out eyes, and shoulder-length white hair that gleamed. But, according to Bernie’s mom, he was also the greatest salesman in the whole state, and – well, it went something like this: “Bernie? I’ll have another one of those lovely old-fashioneds you mix. He really does have all sorts of talents, Tommy, but his problem is he just doesn’t sell himself. Can you explain to him, honey, how important that is?”

And things went downhill from there. Was there a point when Tommy Trauble challenged Bernie to an armwrestling contest? Something Bernie would never consider, not with an older gentleman. But one thing led to another, until finally the ER doc said the break was nice and clean and Tommy would have that cast off his arm in no time.

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6 Responses to “Salesmanship: From Of Mutts And Men”

  1. B. Stover
    9:18 am on June 5th, 2023

    The cast on his arm….LOL!

    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    10:13 am on June 5th, 2023

    Good day to everyone.
    We are sure Bernie did not mean to hurt anyone, or did he? Poor Bernie he’s always getting into scrapes like this.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:32 am on June 5th, 2023


    I always laugh at the names Spence comes up with for his secondary characters…especially Tommy Trauble, and the fact that Tommy owns a car dealership. :^)

    Good day to all!

  4. mlaiuppa
    8:39 pm on June 5th, 2023

    I am having the worst time with the Amazon Kindle apps. I only seem to be able to work it on my iPad. The Kindle for Mac on my laptop is almost useless. The one on my phone I can’t figure out how to add all of my Chet and Bernie books to the library collection I already made. I have 13 but there are only 6 in there. All thirteen are in the collection on my iPad. I can’t seem to figure a way to sync them so when I do it on one it is done on all of them. It is so frustrating.

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on June 5th, 2023

    Dumb!…Who is dumb enough to arm wrestle with Bernie?…grunt!…T.Trauble that’s who!…wheeze!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on June 5th, 2023

    Jury!….sniff!…Has anyone here ever gotten one of those “official” letters from Clerk United States District Court making you go online to fill out a jury questionnaire??….wheeze!…My friend has been stressing about it for a few days now and has decided she needs to go online and fill out the questionnaire which will undoubtedly put her in the bull pen for jury duty…grumble!…She has done her duty by golly! when she lived in Colorado she was always called up….grump! ….This time she will be a grumpy old women and get out of it….dammit!

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