Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
I was watching TV with good friends yesterday and tracking the 4 AM openings here and 5 AM "door busters" there, I decided that I wasn't going to participate. I'm not getting up at 3 AM to get to some retail store by 4. Babe, as is his wont, woke me up at 7. Babe and I fed the cats and then I fed Babe. A shower and shave later I was ready for errands. I had groceries to buy, banking to do and the 2nd day of an estate sale to check out.
I got to the Walmart in Buffalo at about 8:30. Busy, but no crazy crowds. I went in and found the $128 HD TV that I had looked at the night before was still in stock. So were the $24 4GB MP3 player and the 4 GB flash drive for $8. No early bird crowds to jostle, no bleary eyed drive in the middle of the night. Nothing black or hectic about my trip.
I went to the estate sale and bought 2 old leather chairs and an ottoman. They are already at Gypsy Lea's for the December sale. Then home to install the new electronics. Babe was more interested in the large number of geese on the lake than he was in the HDTV. I set up the TV -- looks great. And then went outside to put my new tires and wheels on my ATV. Babe watched, but liked to keep an eye on the geese.
I spent the best part of Black Friday at Dave Miller's auction in St. Cloud. I guess that everyone who had been in the malls this morning was at the auction this evening. Kris and I both liked the brass button panel from a 30 floor elevator. I was willing to bid $35-40. It sold for $285. Needless to say neither of us was the successful bidder. I got varied odds and ends, but really don't like the idea of so many people at my auction.
It was a very nice day, nothing black about it. I even shopped the early bird sales, but only at the fashionably late end. I give thanks that I didn't feel compelled to get up at 3 AM for an MP3 player.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Me, I'm not traveling today. I will drive a few miles to Kris and Mike's for dinner tomorrow. The following photos are from my day at home.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I believe that my "thanks" can all be rolled up into one sentence. I thank God that I was born in this time and this place in human history. America, which I believe has been divinely inspired, is the basis for all the things that I am thankful for.
America permits me to learn of my God and my place in His plans without interference from King, President or Great Leader.
America permits me to learn, explore, raise and improve myself for my own gain and my own reasons.
America permits me to fail or succeed and fail and succeed again based upon my own merits and work.
America permits me an unimaginable standard of living that is plentiful in food and housing and comfort.
The great promise of America has given me all that I am thankful for. I am thankful to be an American with freedom to worship, think, learn and work the way that I want.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
In addition to my GMC pick-up, which is my vehicle of choice, I drive a 1991 Acura Legend. I determined that the reason I did not have any dash lights at night was failure of the dimmer relay. I stopped at NAPA and asked them to get me a replacement. I had this same problem about 4 months ago and they got me the relay overnight. This time they could not even locate the part, not even the part that they sold me 4 month earlier. Anyway, the nearest Acura dealer is about 50 miles away in the Cities, so I was looking for a closer alternative. I live about 4 miles from French Lake Auto Parts, which is one of the biggest junk yards in Minnesota. I decided to get the part there. They do not pull dimmer relays from any cars, but I can go out into the yard and pull one myself. Not a problem. I know where the part is on the car and I have a pliers and screw driver in my pocket to perform the extraction.
He pulls out an aerial photograph of the junk yard. Then he circles a few specks at the outer most portions of the yard and says "there should be a couple of really old Acuras somewhere in this area".
So it was off to Andy's Auto Repair in Annandale. They didn't have the part in stock, but one of the mechanics had a relay from a Toyota in his tool box and it works. But then we noticed that my right tail lights were out. It is strange to have all 3 bulbs burn out so I had them check it.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It is a wisdom tooth that broke. I guess that I will 25% less wise after this appointment. Damn, damn, damn.
UPDATE - I survived the dental appointment, but just barely. He had to pull the remainder of the decrepit tooth. There was a "minor pinch and pressure" that the dentist described when he started, but the searing pain to the top of my head where the 5 inch roots attached and putting his feet on my shoulders because he needed leverage were a bit much. I checked with my stupid little brother about the loss of wisdom. He stated that because I swallowed a portion of the tooth, while I may lose a small amount of head wisdom, as the tooth settles through my system the increase in my "wise ass quotient" will more than make up for it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Zonta Club is a charitable organization. They sponsor an annual decorated Christmas House as a fund raiser. They procure the use of a large house, get local businesses to decorate a room in Christmas finery and then sell tickets to tour the house.
Gypsy Lea's participated as a room decorator in 2008 and is going to do a room again this year. The open house is next Friday and Saturday. Kris, Kate and Gypsy are going to haul everything to the house on Friday morning and will have the room all spiffed up in time for the 3:00 PM opening.
Last year was our first Zonta Christmas House and we really didn't know exactly what to expect. We found out that we might be able to couple up our participation in the project with sales at the shop if we are open at the same time. So we are going to be open 3:00-10:00 on Friday and 9:00-6:00 on Saturday.
Kris and Gypsy, with significant help from Pete J. and Kate, will take responsibility for the set up and break down at the House. I will limit my participation to working the counter at the store during the two days of the sale. A business has to keep its eyes open for an opportunity and we are all hoping that the Zonta House exposure will open our shop to new customers who will be back for our regular sale dates.
Then there is this dresser. I painted it like a Swedish flag about 5 years ago. I have scuffed it with sandpaper and am contemplating shabbying it with some stain to dirty it up a little. I have the chrome handles ready to be reattached. Now I am wondering whether I should bother spending any more time on this item. Will it sell? What other techniques can I apply to make it saleable? Its a cheap dresser and it will burn well. Again, what do you think?
Saturday, November 14, 2009