Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
I got home much later than expected. Babe was standing crossed-leg wondering where the hell I was. Well at least there were no deer parts tonight. And tomorrow I get to attend an auction and avoid all vestiges of my real job.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The first issue relates to my real job. I am preparing for a hearing later this week. I started reading a transcript of testimony of two of the witnesses in my hearing that they gave at an earlier trial. Now reading transcripts is death defyingly boring even when the examination is well conducted. However, this testimony is terrible. The witnesses are almost unintelligible and the attorneys almost incomprehensible.
Answer: "Like, you know, like I think that ......... ummm, umm. Mary, ummm .......... no I mean Jane, umm .... like you know Jane said ......... ummm, uhhhh no it was Mary, I think, said ....uhhhhh like we need to get our asses out of here 'cause, ummmm you know, uhh we could get in trouble."
And I have 87 pages of that crap to try to decipher.
So I am sitting at my desk, retching at the absolute idiocy of these people. Babe has been in and out only 23-24 times. (He abuses his doorman rights whenever I am distracted). Babe is gone for much longer than his normal in and out to see if he can con a treat. Then he arrives on the deck.
Damn, he has a stick and he is going to want me to toss it for him. I ignore him and he doesn't insist on coming into the house. That's unusual. So I focus on the stick. DAMN its the leg bone of a deer. And Babe is proud as punch that he has it. Now he didn't hunt the deer but I assume that he found it near a road kill out here in the country.
Now I need to get this thing away from him. I open the door, he runs away. I close the door, he comes back on the deck. I've got work to do. I only have slippers on. It is cold outside here on the tundra.
After much haranguing he finally drops the leg and comes into the house. Now he is whining at the door wanting to go back outside for his bone. I will have to either kill the dog or trudge through the snow to get the bone so I can get it out of his sight.
Damn, I hate this day and my real work that I have to do.
BTW - I would never harm Babe, he is my bestest friend. And I am reasonably certain that his testimony would be more coherent than the drivel these two witnesses provided.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
We had our monthly four day sale at Gypsy Lea's in Sauk Rapids last weekend. And, for January, we had a pretty good sale. It only snowed one day (and part of another) and it only went below zero overnight on the other two days. We really emptied out the shop, by Sunday when I worked, there was space enough to hold a dance, even though I had brought in a truck full of fresh auction purchases on Saturday evening. Big things are going to happen at the shop before next month's sale, so stay tuned for more information.
The one trend that I have noticed in my sales is that there seems to be an appetite for industrial chic pieces. Even in far from the cutting edge St. Cloud area. Over the past few months I have sold steel open mesh lockers, large wood farm power take off wheel, rusty and bright red metal file drawers, large wood parts bin, giant steel legged butcher block prep table and, this month, my cast iron wheeled railway freight cart (now coffee table).
I have some other carts and cabinets in my inventory. I can't wait for the weather to warm enough to get to work on them. I am going to move more into the industrial and steampunk area as soon as I can.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
So I decided that it was time to address my bedroom TVs. I attended the Black Friday Sale at Walmart. (Except I didn't fight with anyone and I got there about 8 AM). I bought 2 42" LCD TVs and I purposely bought two different brands so they could be next to each other without remote control interference.
This is what the bedroom set up looked like before the command center revamp.
When I got around to doing the bedroom I had abandoned the 2 42" plan and instead had decided that I would put a 20" HD TV next to a 42" HD TV over an older 27" TV. I also put a 22" HD monitor connected to the media player under the 20" HD TV. The 20" TV is a Vizio and the 42" is an Emerson. I set up the cables I connected the wires and I levitated the mounting arms from the wire shelves.
I tried using the Metro wire shelves for the set up, but decided I liked the entertainment center look better.
Well, after plugging and wiring and lifting I plopped onto the bed, remotes in my hand, ready to enjoy the picture next to a picture over a picture set up. DAMN! The remote for the Emerson also turned on the Vizio, and changed channels etc. whenever I tried either remote. Crap, the Emerson used the same remote codes as the Vizio, what to do?
I have the 2nd 42" LG HD TV from Black Friday. I'll just switch that out for the Emerson. So I hauled the 2nd TV upstairs and started to unpack it. I am struck by an inspiration. If I unpack the LG remote and try it on the Vizio TV I will know whether there is a problem without the substantial work of rewiring, plugging and lifting.
That was a good idea. The damn LG TV uses the same remote codes that Emerson and Vizio use. I saved some work, but now needed a different solution to the problem. I disassembled the Vizio from the bedroom and switched it out with a Sanyo from the office. That involved unplugging, rewiring and lifting and of course, because nothing is simple, I had to rearrange the office set up to avoid putting the bedroom Vizio next to the 32" Vizio that is already in my office.
I have revamped my bedroom set-up, rearranged 5 TVs after having them in place, and rejected a plan to use two older (2004) 32" heavy CRT TVs that are on the wire shelving. And I am not finished. The wire shelves on top of the entertainment center just barely fit on top of the old entertainment center. The steel upright poles are secured, partially, in place using 1/2 of an old wooden clothespin. Oh my, I'm glad I don't live in earthquake country. More work, plugging, lifting and rewiring will happen, but I am close to final design of the bedroom command center.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This is a big (12 inch) blue banded Red Wing mixing bowl.
And this is an even bigger (13 inch) Red Wing bowl.
This bowl with chevron embossing is from Illinois.
They come in many designs, some even with advertising.
And the small sponge decorated are very desirable.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Of course it was snowing. After all this is January on the tundra.