What date?

Well, it seems I cannot get any of the women I know to come out in this weather and go do something. Not that I can blame them, I do have a tendency for some dates to kind of turn out a bit off the beaten track, like taking a sailboat out just before a tidal wave hits, if you know what I mean. But I do have fun! And most the time my dates have all been kinda cool with some of the crazy stuff that happens around me. And, although not always, wound up waking up to my date cooking breakfast, usually wearing my shirt and little else! I do have to admit though. I do have good taste in women. Intelligent, easy to talk to, not yappy, and do so look good on my arm! Well what do you expect, I told you I was a bit of a chauvinist. Which reminds me, I need to go down to my local used book store soon get something else to read, I’m in the mood for a western.

Black Elk Speaks

One of my favorite areas of reading are of the Native American stories as is the most recent book that I have just finished, entitled Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow) by Nicholas Black Elk. It has been named one of the best spiritual books of the 20th century and I’m not surprised because it has been an excellent read.

This is a story of the Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk and his people during the nineteenth century during the time that the white settlers started invading their homeland and wiping out the buffalo. It’s a story of their resistance that is very beautifully told and I would urge anyone who is interested in this type of history to pick up a copy and learn and enjoy as I have been.

Time and Temperature

You know it’s beginning to become a bit confusing as to what is happening with the weather anymore. I mean really, tornadoes everywhere, multiple ones touching down all at the same time, massive earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, volcanoes, and the list goes on and on. You can’t even trust the food supply anymore. First it was lettuce, then dog food, bad meat, now I think the latest is botulism from the tomatoes. We’ve got lead in trade goods from China, bugs in grain from Asia and south America. And bad weather keeping anyone from going to the rescue to these beleaguered nations suffering from severe destruction and rising death counts due to, what else?, BAD WEATHER! No time for a nation in the throes of an economic depression to have to deal with the reconstruction of its own towns and cities. Or would it be the perfect time?  So, in conclusion, One must assume that only time will tell if the timing of bad weather worked in favor of the economy, or just made matters worse.

Sometimes it works out

Now that was one of the quickest turnovers on any gear I’d picked up on a hunch! I’m talking about the beer cans, (dome top beer cans at that), with near perfect labels and litho, all of them had the tops, except for one I believe, really hard to remember what all brands they were I had them for so short a time. I actually sold all but one of them to the same guy, the very first guy on my list as a matter of fact. I told him what I had happened upon on the way back and let him know That I knew what they might be worth to a high end collector like himself, but I also told him what I paid for them and if he came up with a fair proposal and an honest figure, well, then we could do business! We met, he loved them, he offered more than the figure I’d had in mind. I accepted , he took them all but the one. Reason he didn’t want it was that there were two alike and he only needed the one. Now I hear of another dealer getting a load of red-line hot wheels cars. They’re supposed to be worth a small chunk of serious change. I really got to get myself a book on them I guess.

Toy Cars?

One of my friends and business partners called me to see if I wanted to take a collection of toy cars off his hands. He said he’d bought out one of those storage bins to get at the old mahogany furniture that was stored there and he came across a box just packed with Hot Wheels cars. At first I wasn’t interested until I remembered something about Hot Wheels with red lines around the tires from the 60’s and 70’s, and how they were pretty hot little collectibles with the potential to generate a boatload of income. So i asked him about the wheels on the cars and he confirmed that they all had red lines on them and that they all had metal bottoms. Most were from Hong Kong, the US and Mexico and I think he said Malaysia too. needless to say, I told him I’d take the whole lot off his hands. I won’t say how much I gave him for them, but I will tell you this, I’ve spent more money on a night on the town then I paid for this little present from my old buddy in the furniture trade!