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eBay Sale - Success!

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My first eBay sale! Good news!  My first sale on eBay was a success! Here's how it went folks.  Last week I put my House of Miniatures Dollhouse furniture kits up for sale on eBay. I did my research and decided to put them up for auction instead of a set price. I paid $14.75 per kit plus shipping when I was on a semi-monthly plan to receive these kits back in the late 80's. When I researched the kits that were already on sale on eBay I found the prices ranged form $4.50 to $8.95 per kit.  I had twenty-eight kits plus two shadow boxes and the XACTO knife set and glue.  I figured $100 was a fair price, both to me and a potential buyer.  My next decision was to either put this lot up for auction or a set price.  I decided to put the lot up for auction with a starting bid of $50.  eBay suggested start the bid at .99 cents, they advised that works better for auctions.  I was too nervous to take that chance, not for twenty-eight unopened kits and the shadow boxes and

EBay - Finally!

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Today I posted my first sale item ever on EBay.  This was a long time coming folks. I first started thinking about posting some of my more valuable items on EBay twenty years ago.  But I procrastinated because I wasn't sure how to do it.  I had briefly considered hiring someone to sell my items but then I thought "I can do this."  Then I put it off again.  Now twenty years later I finally did it!   The past two years I have been slowly downsizing items in my storage room that I haven't been using and never will use.  Many of those items have little worth.  I've been donating those items to local thrift stores.  However, I do have some items that have value.  Actually, I have quite a few items of value that I just can't justify giving away to thrift stores.  Why not make some money off of them?   The first items I have put up for sale are twenty-eight boxes of dollhouse furniture.  I had subscribed to this place called "House of Miniatures"

Bloggerpalooza 2013 - Last Day

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On this day, March 24, 2013 was the last day of the first Bloggerpalooza.  That was six years ago. My, how fast time goes by.   We held another Bloggerpalooza the following year in 2014.  We haven't had one since because of  lack of interest of some and the expense incurred by this blogger. I have limited income (Social Security and some modest pensions - all fixed income) which I supplement by working part-time at the hotel where this Bloggerpalooza was held. That two thousand plus dollars I now spend on my annual winter California holiday which last year we actually had a mini bloggerpalooza when Dr. Spo, Someone, Doug, gathered for a tete a tete in Palm Springs. The previous year Tim and Larry joined us for a tram up Mt. Jacinto. (from back left to right) Pat, Someone, Tim (seated left to right) me, Spo and Larry - February 2017 Mt. Jacinto, Palm Springs, CA Next year Pat and I will return to Palm Springs February 9th through February 23rd.  All bloggers are invit

Green Earth Restaurant Pasadena, California 2019

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Every year when Pat and I visit California for our annual winter holiday, we make sure to visit the Green Earth restaurant in Pasadena, California. The Green Earth restaurant, as the title would indicate, is a vegetarian restaurant. Pat wanted to visit this restaurant because it is the sister restaurant (run by the same Vietnamese family) of the Green Earth restaurant in Tornonto, Canada, Pat's former home (Pat now lives in Hamilton, Ontario). Thuoung U - The Green Earth Restaurant Our host at the Green Earth restaurant in Pasadena is Thuoung U, a Vietnamese immigrant.  I remember the first time I asked him his last name and he said "U".  I said "How do you spell your last name?"  He said "U".  Pen ready, I said "What is the rest of it?"  He said, "That's it, just 'U'".  Pretty cool eh? Pasadena is a short drive mileage wise from our stay in West Hollywood but long traffic wise. It is worth the trip though

Memory Foam Mattress

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Pat approving of the memory foam mattress at our Palm Springs rental My whole life I've slept on uncomfortable mattresses.  From the time when I was growing up and I had to sleep with my two younger brothers in the same bed (which I hated, I eventually got my own bed, a fold up, when I was sixteen years old) until my latest mattress, which I got from the hotel where I work.  Me at 12 years old ready to go to bed with my two brothers in one very uncomfortable bed In my seventy-seven years I've slept on all types of mattress, even a water bed which made me sea sick. Maybe the worst were the thin mattresses I slept on during my three year Army enlistment.  Me with Army bed at Ft. Meade, MD. 1962 I've gotten used to waking up with an aching back. I just assumed that was my lot in life. Thus it was a very pleasant surprise to discover a different kind of mattress during our stay in Palm Springs.  Our uncomfortable bed inWest Hollywood, sunk in the m

Playing Pool at Hunters Bar in Palm Springs

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During our stay in Palm Springs this past February Pat and I had a chance to play pool.  During my three year Army enlistment I often played pool in our dayroom at the various Army bases where I was stationed.  Over time I obtained some measure of skill at playing a pool.  Not that I'm a good pool player, I'm not but I do find playing pool very relaxing.  I tried playing golf (Chip and Put) back in the Sixties. That wasn't for me. Maybe miniature golf but I find playing golf very awkward.  Playing pool is more my style. I like the social aspect. During our visit to Hunters bar (a gay bar in Palm Spings), which we went to for dancing and the pulsating music (videos of that in future blog postings) I noticed pool tables. During the weekends those tables are the platform for the male strippers/dancers but on the night we were there the pool tables were available for play. This is a short video of that pleasant evening. Oh, Pat won most of the games as he does when

The Price is Right 2019

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  This was our fourth trip to "The Price is Right!" TV show. This was our fifth appearance in the audience of "The Price is Right!", one year we were asked to attend the second taping.  Again, we weren't called to "come on down!" but we still had a great time.  There are two tapings a day at the CBS Studio on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, we attended the morning taping. The line forms at about 8 am.  The taping begins at about 12 pm.  Yes, we're in line for four hours.  Now that sounds very boring but in fact it is not.  For one thing we get to met a lot of fine folks from other parts of the country. Almost every one is in a party mood. And the folks at the Price is Right makes sure we're entertained for the full four hours. First thing the folks at the Price is Right do is go down the line and collect all the priority tickets.  That's for folks like me who wrote for their tic

College Cheating Scandal

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William Rick Singer - mastermind of the college cheating scandal - administrator of a non-profit tax exempt charity Yesterday the news broke of the biggest college cheating scandal in the history of the United States. Helicopter parents brazenly paid cash to rig the system so their little darlings could jump ahead of the line and be admitted to colleges of their choice. Admit it, didn't you know in your heart that this cheating was always going on?  Of course.  We all know about the legacy children who get in prestigious colleges of their parent's choice because their parent's went to that college. The rich white parents donate to the college (a building, a scholarship, etc) and viola! Their precious is admitted. Actresses Felecity Huffman and Lori Loughin- charged in the college cheating scandal  I was sickened when I heard and saw this news yesterday. This is the rich and privileged giving their kids a fast track for life.  Sickened to my stomach.  This new

Reflections on LIfe

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My new memory foam mattress - the mattress I will die on (or hope too) Finally, I got some time to sit back and reflect. Ever since I got back from my annual California holiday, it's been one thing after another. Doctor's appointments, work, household emergencies. Tomorrow I take Bill to the VA Outpatient clinic again (third visit in the past three weeks) to get the rest of his ear wax cleaned out of his right ear. This care giving business is taking up more and more of my time. I don't mind though, I'll always take care of Bill. But when I do I always wonder what do those older folks do who have no one to care for them?  Who will take care of me if I should be so lucky to reach ninety years old, the same age as Bill is now?  I try not to think about it.  The way I'm grunting and groaning now I doubt if I'll get anywhere near ninety years.  My goal now is to surpass my father's age (80) before he died in 2020 of lung cancer. Next goal will be to sur

Two Systems of Justice in the United States

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Judge T. S. Ellis, III Paul Manafort, the traitor to the United States of America, received a sweetheart sentence of forty-seven months for his lifetime of crimes including lying to the Special Prosecutor, thus proving again there are two systems of justice for citizens of the United States. I try to avoid political blogs because I know they bore many of my readers but regular readers of my blog know that sometimes I just have to vent, political or otherwise.  Remember all the "Lock her up!" chants from the Deplorables at Trump's rallies because Hillary had a private e-mail server which supposedly was a dangerous security threat to the US?  The Republicans and their Kool-Aid drinking followers all cheered. Yet here we have Paul Manafort, a proven liar, money launderer, bank fraud, and a lifetime of criminality gets a sweetheart sentence from Federal judge Ellis, who is known to give light sentences for white collar crimes.  Remember this, a black woman in Texa

Productive Day

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Pat (to the far right) sitting by the pool at one of the houses we visited during Modernism Week in Palm Springs February 19, 2019 - one of the rare sunny days while we were there Today was much better than yesterday folks.  Early this morning I took myself down to the eye institute to present my power of attorney to the folks down there so I could authorize his eye surgery.  Bill has scar tissue that has formed around his replacement lenses. All went well. One eye at a time and then another long eye dilating hours appoint followup appointment.  Shortly after I returned home a representative from Lowe's came by to measure our media basement room for a replacement wall to wall carpet.  We had to remove the previous carpet due to ground water damage from a broken seal of the sewer pipe leading out the back of the basement, near our media room.  Got that done. Now I await a quote on how much this is going to cost.  Now I was at home I finished up preparing my 2019 tax retur

Wasted Day

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Bill patiently waiting for his eye doctor today Today was a total wasted day. We had an appointment at the eye institute to have the scar tissue removed around Bill's cataracts.  This was supposed to be a "ten minute" procedure by laser. The appointment time was 1:20 pm which was right in the middle of my nap time.  Bill and I arrived early for our appointment. We were seen within ten minutes of our arrival time. The assistant gave Bill an eye test. I was wondering why reading the eye charts again.  I thought we were going in for laser surgery.   Then Bill got the eye drops that diluted his pupils and we were sent off to the waiting room. And there we waited . . . . and waited for over an hour.  The waiting room was full (about eight people).  They all emptied out and a new crop of folks filed in.  I'm a patient person . . . to a limit. I understand that sometimes doctor's get behind schedule but at least have someone pop their head in and tell us tha