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Skriven 2006-06-18 14:02:06 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 06-17-06 00:36

 JB>  I'd like to say I only make smart decisions with
 JB>  purchases, and in turning around these items, but
 JB>  alas, I'm still not a super-human.  I am pretty
 JB>  good though


 AH>           Okay.  While there may still be room
 AH> for improvement, I think "pretty good" is a far
 AH> more realistic & attainable goal than being
 AH> super-human....  :-)

"Born to be mi--- ---ld." <G>


 JB>  are a little shy to get into a bidding war with me.

 AH>           So a few mistakes may not be
 AH> altogether a bad thing... [chuckle].

I hope not. I just did another intimidation this last auction. I really
*didn't* need the box, but it was their last item, and until then, I had only
spent $5-$25 on every other lot. I knew I could afford it, and the vendor was
an interesting one to get "in" with. I considered it a tip to them of sorts,
and I still regained a thirds of the price *before* it hit the parking lot!
($20 recovered from a $60 outlay)

The auctioneer had some fun with me, and I never try to chisel any one of them
into a lower offer. (In bidding $55, when they are calling Sixty) Most of all,
both of us share some humor. If that recognition, and mutual respect, with a
few "We don't need you any more, we got a hot one right here." and me blowing
him a kiss doesn't pay dividends...

I'm absolutely going to attend their next auction, as they are professionally
run, entertaining, with good and bad deals to be had. I'll likely never buy a
laptop from them, (Boy, were they fetching good money!) but I'll probably buy a
few printers from the same house on Tuesday. I bought a handful from the same
guys for $2-$10 a few months ago, and have plenty for myself, considering I
only have 50,000 pages left on each, before I have to replace their drums.

Dad needs a printer now, and once I bundle a laser printer with every licensed
OS, and EOL computers I plan on selling, I'll have a new crop to replace the
ones leaving.


 AH>  Intuition + perception

 JB>  Even if I were to part it out, I was fully planing on
 JB>  using the rack system to house a recording studio.
 JB>  Because it was full of REALLY robust broadcast equipment
 JB>  was just the icing on the cake.

 AH>           Ah... so I was right for the wrong
 AH> reasons (typical of me).  You were able to see a
 AH> related but different use for these racks & for
 AH> some of the other equipment which came along
 AH> with them.  You left some options open too,
 AH> however, pending further investigation. IMHO
 AH> that requires the same skill set....  :-))

I have another two auction found racks, one which will be donated to a young
musician that has been more than fair to me, and twice as helpful. I don't keep
records on this stuff, but for about $5, I'll offer him a $400 wholesale rack,
for actions above and beyond 'the call'.


 AH> Reminds me of the time Nora won a door prize at
 AH> a friend's percussion recital.  Hers was the
 AH> first ticket to be drawn, so we got first
 AH> choice. I'd had my eye on a Zildjian t-shirt
 AH> which just happened to be the right size for
 AH> her... and she liked it too.  Then as we were
 AH> leaving somebody ran up to us offering to trade.
 AH> We politely declined....  :-)

They put good work into swag shirts. My buddy gave me a Zildjian "Ariginal" T,
and it's "In high rotation." <L>


 AH> trash is another's treasure.  ;-)

 AH>           Gee, maybe I should have sent those
 AH> plastic flowers to auction that I found in my
 AH> parents' house.  We gave them to the school
 AH> drama department.  :-))

Silk plants seem to appreciate in value around here. Personally, I wish this
one house would never sell another, but I sure can't blame them for tapping
into this festering need to spend lots of money.


 JB>  Self deprecation is encouraged where I come from.

 AH>           Well, okay... as long as you're poking
 AH> fun at yourself!  I said I was a klutz, didn't
 AH> I?  We've had a number of people in SURVIVOR
 AH> over the years who were abused as children, so I
 AH> tend to be a bit cautious with such matters.
 AH> :-)

Understood. I found growing up, ridicule was a staple treatment, and I've
witnessed other Ukrainians exhibiting the identical mannerisms to their
children. I sure didn't like it growing up, but now I see what it did to me,
and I don't consider it all bad. In order to "grow up", I made a concerted
effort to drop the trend, but it still sneaks in now and again.

In a milder form - I think... err, I *know* you've witnessed a taste - I try to
have fun, while I point out another's quirks. I'm far from batting 1,000, and I
do need to work on reading people, when someone may be too fragile, but I sure
weed out the insecure quickly. That may not be a good thing, but equally, not a
bad thing. Just a thing. I've opened up a lot of people, who always seem to
say, "I've never told anyone this before." as they start to question what I did
to open them up. Although that is always a good thing in my books, I've really
felt out of my depth on a few occasions. (This sounds like what I've told you
earlier.)


 AH>           Uh-huh.  By the time you factor in the
 AH> cost of moving you may find it preferable to
 AH> stay where you are... maybe with a few minor
 AH> changes.  My parents lived in the city & went
 AH> everywhere on foot or by bus.  We have friends
 AH> who say they can't afford to live in the city.
 AH> They got a bigger house for less money, but they
 AH> also own two motor vehicles per capita... where
 AH> my parents had none... because nothing is within
 AH> walking distance & the bus service is minimal.
 AH> Seems to me their expenses are roughly equal but
 AH> their priorities are different.  :-)


As I said to the community education coordinator, the physical limitations have
to weigh in heavily to any decisions I make. Given better circumstances, I
would be in a developed property out of town by now, but alas... And that's
just a reality one never plans for, nor *could* plan for. 

If at my worst, and living out of town any distance, the reality would come
that I have to move closer to a grocery store. I would have made a lot of
money, regardless of which plan of mine I was prepared to follow, but the scale
I was planingm, wouldn't have been attainable given my circumstances. Yet, the
world still turns. [-;


... James
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