A few weeks ago, a couple of fellow bloggers were both talking about how due to proper planning, they were able to take advantage of an opportunity to buy a lot of beef at a good price.
I found myself on the opposite side of that situation yesterday.
Back in March, shortly after moving into this rental house, my wife and I talked about picking up a freezer for the garage, and buying a quarter/half a cow to fill it with. Asking around at work, I found a guy who handled such things, and found out I was about two weeks too late to grab the last half a cow. Not having the beef to fill it with, buying a freezer for the garage has kept sliding down the list of priorities. I keep looking in craigslist periodically, but just haven't found one I'm willing to drive to Walla Walla or Yakima for.
I've known the clock is ticking. If I am successful in the upcoming hunting season, we will NEED to get a freezer.
Well, yesterday, the alarm on the clock went off. I got a phone call and an e-mail from the guy I had talked to back in March, and he told me that one of his buyers had backed out, and he had a half a cow available if I was interested in it. $2.00 a pound, plus .49 cents a pound to cut and wrap plus a kill fee...and it's mine, available next Friday for pickup.
A quick check through craigslist didn't reveal any available freezer. New stand-up ones that we want are around $800ish, which is also roughly what the cow would cost. Since the house sold, the cash isn't so much the problem as finding space in the garage for a freezer...since we cleaned out our storage unit a month ago, the garage is kind of a scary place.
Plus, if I was to anchor an elk in two weeks, then we are talking third freezer instead of 2nd freezer. Plus, we are hoping to be moving out of this place after the new years, so a half cow would be another several hundred pounds of meat and freezer to move.
Plus...oh, there was all kinds of rationalization, with the end result being, I looked the opportunity in the eye, and I blinked. The gentleman had a wait list, and so I told him I was going to have to pass on the chance this time around.
Man, am I lame.
The end result is I was just not able to pull the trigger...