I’ve been going to physical therapy for my left hip and leg and realized that pretty much everything I do there I can do at home if I get just a few more relatively cheap pieces of equipment. I’ll save time and money and I’ll save my insurance company even more money. Of course I don’t value a dollar saved for the insurance company at a dollar, but I value it more than zero. I care about others, after all, whether they be the insurance company or other beneficiaries.

So I went on the web and looked for 2 kettle ball weights. Sure enough I found a good deal on Amazon, especially when you consider that Amazon eats the shipping cost.

That got me wondering: “What don’t they have?” I’m sure there are many things: cars and houses, for example. But a huge percent (over 50?) of consumer goods seem to be available on Amazon.

Somehow that reminded me of the following joke that either Mr. Peel in middle school or Mr. Jasper in high school told the class.

A guy goes into a restaurant and sees a big sign: “If we can’t provide the food item you want, we’ll give you a check for $500.”

Wanting to make the money, he orders an elephant ear sandwich. He waits and waits, and finally the manager comes to him with a check for $500.

“You didn’t have elephant ears, did you?” asks the customer triumphantly.

“Oh, no sir, that wasn’t the problem,” answers the manager. “We’re well stocked with elephant ears. It’s just that we ran out of the right size bread this morning.”

I love Amazon and I love free markets.