After reading about Ellen Karcher's farm in the Asbury Park Press on Saturday I got very excited by this quote:
"All my trees cost the same — $50," Hochberg said. "There's a few I sell for a lot of money, $100 for a 25- to 30-foot tree."
My wife and I have been shopping for trees. We've bought several already. Our favorite farm so far is Gasko's. But you can't get a 25-30 foot tree for $100 at Gasko's. $100 for a 25-30 foot tree is a great deal.
So I called Karcher's campaign office and told the nice receptionist that I read about the Senator's farm in the paper and wondered if she could refer me to someone I could talk to about buying trees. I didn't expect that the campaign office would be selling trees, I hoped they would give me another phone number to call.
"Who's calling?" the nice receptionist asked. "Art Gallagher." "Art Gallagher?" she repeated as if she recognised my name. "Yes." "Hold please."
"This is Mike," a friendly voice says. "Hi Mike. This is Art Gallagher. I read about the Senator's farm in the paper and I was hoping you could refer me to a phone number where I could arrange to go buy some trees," I said.
"You want to buy some trees?" "Yes."
"Well, it said in the paper that they sell the trees to their friends from where they used to live," Mike said. "Yeah I read that, but I would really like to buy some trees, can you refer me to someone I can talk to about that?", I replied.
"Well, they don't deliver."
"That's OK. I'll bring a truck and a crew. We'll dig them up and take them away." (Gasko's digs the trees for you, no wonder they don't sell them for $100)
"I'll have to talk to the Senator and get back to you on that."
"Would you please? I really want to do this." I gave Mike my number and asked, "This is Mike?"
"Yes, I'm the campaign manager."
"Thanks Mike. Please call me back."
That was Saturday and I haven't heard from Mike yet. I hope he calls today.