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Text 333, 141 rader
Skriven 2006-05-12 00:54:04 av James Bradley (1:134/77.0)
     Kommentar till en text av Ardith Hinton
Ärende: What's in...  4C.
=========================
Ardith Hinton wrote James Bradley on 05-10-06 13:56

 JB>  Because you are able to comprehend a "perceptive"
 JB>  aspect, and not snap to a "normal" "judgment", I
 JB>  can brag about the insanity. <G>

 AH>           Thankyou.  I find it quite
 AH> interesting, actually....  :-)

Well, you can tell I've some practice at justifying my actions, and came a
point when I couldn't. Try as I might. Today, I'd like to say I only make smart
decisions with purchases, and in turning around these items, but alas, I'm
still not a super-human. 
I am pretty good though, and maybe because of my earlier transgressions, people
are a little shy to get into a bidding war with me. A few months ago, I noticed
myself buy a couple of things for more than I wanted to, and I did so
conscientious of it. When it came time for the real item I was interested in, I
counter bid fast, and the competing person backed out early. $5 here and $10
there, may well have saved me a hundred-bucks. 


 JB>  truly going to enrich my life.

 AH>           A refreshingly intuitive rule of
 AH> thumb!  I like it....  :-)

Thank you! {-|


 JB>  I don't know how a hospital spec. TV distribution
 JB>  system will enrich my life at present, but I might
 JB>  implement it yet.


 AH>           So you say to yourself, "This must be
 AH> good for something... I'm just not quite sure
 AH> what at this point." Intuition + perception....
 AH> :-))

Oh, no... It had its location already mapped out. It was going to be utilized,
perhaps not as a TV station, but certainly for the FM sections at least. Even
if I were to part it out, I was fully planing on using the rack system to house
a recording studio. Because it was full of REALLY robust broadcast equipment
was just the icing on the cake.

I mentioned I had a fella chase me out of the room with his check-book in hand?
It was funny like you wouldn't believe. I scoped out the two the day earlier,
and knew they would likely compete with me for a lot of the same pieces. Came
day two, and the 'musicians' slept in! 

Three 6' tall equipment racks, with locks for everything, STUFFED full of
broadcast and distribution equipment... They were trying to cut me a $200 check
for one rack, empty. You should see the rack I got from the diagnostic imaging
department. I'm just about finished tearing down a surplus medical laser, that
is providing all SORTS of plumbing, and electronics. The main transformer alone
can be resold for twice the price I payed for the whole shot! 


 AH>           Even the psychics don't achieve 100%
 AH> accuracy!  Others say we should get rid of

Not like I payed attention to them to begin with, unless she was cute. <VBWEG>

 AH> anything we haven't used for a year... but in
 AH> many cases I'm glad I didn't.  When Nora broke
 AH> her ankle, for example, we rented a power chair.
 AH>  Due to health regulations we also purchased a
 AH> wheelchair cushion ($50). Two years later she
 AH> had a stroke, and once again we rented a power
 AH> chair.  Meanwhile the price of cushions had more
 AH> than doubled... however, we were able to re-use
 AH> the one we'd used earlier.  Then there were the
 AH> curtains which I inherited from my aunt & kept
 AH> in the hall closet for ten years.  Four metres
 AH> of fabric, at $30 a metre... i.e. if I'd used
 AH> new fabric... and I didn't have to go shopping.
 AH> The downside, of course, is that stuff expands
 AH> to exceed the space available.  :-)

I know that tune. One year, a friend asked me why I'm stockpiling scraps of ABS
plastic pipe. Before that year was up, I used a piece to plumb a cloths washer
I bought from one of her friends. Now, granted, I have a pile in my yard that
has grown with every passing year, and I can't wait until that disappears, but
I also know I have at least that much again to contribute to that pile. Just
don't ask me to toss the optics from the X-ray printer, its case, or anything
but the carcase to the laser. 


 AH> say the enjoyment is important too....  :-)

Well, there's all sorts of drudgery too, but that's the cost::benifit ratio.
Like I say, I have to strap all sorts of furniture to the Subaru tomorrow, so I
better shut up pretty soon.


 AH>           Yes... I also get the impression that
 AH> things like the $10,000 dining room suite often
 AH> go for less than they're worth while the cheaper
 AH> items go for more.  I suspect the average
 AH> bargain-hunter has a limited budget, but tends
 AH> to get carried away by competition for the same
 AH> item... while the dealers snap up the expensive
 AH> stuff at a fraction of the price they're hoping
 AH> to get when they offer it for sale in the
 AH> "antiques & collectibles" shop or what have you.
 AH>  :-)

<Touching nose> 

You've pretty much nailed it. One thing that is very common, is people shaking
their heads in disbelief. ...For the "cheep" stuff, and the "expensive" stuff.
They tend to reverse positions the second time around. I know there are always
a few vendors there that get screaming deals, and housewives that spend a
fortune on silk plants.


 AH>           Tsk, tsk!  Kicking oneself isn't
 AH> allowed here....  ;-)

Oh, no!!! Self deprecation is encouraged where I come from. <L>

 JB>  "My name is James, and I have an auction habit." <G>

 AH>           Hi!  My name is Ardith, and I'm a pack
 AH> rat... [chuckle].

No *wonder* I took a shine to you.

I was planing to move to the outskirts of town, where most of my collection
would burst the cost::benifit ratio, in a good way. When the trip to evaluate
properties became increasingly torturous, I knew a different plan was in the
works whether I was onboard, or resisting.

Ah, what're you gonna do, eh? Roll with the changes!


... James
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