| Wednesday 05/05/2004 12:15:27am
||Dunno if anyone reads this
anymore, but I thought I'd give Guestbook visitors a special !WASSUP!.
It should be obvious from the lack of updates at the website that my
attention's been elsewhere. I'd like to thank folks for not asking about
that, since it seems like it should be pretty self-evident: Usually,
if I upload an article, it means that I've been working on something,
and if not, then not.
This has been a krazy kinda year for me; between the threat of relocation
from my wife's job ending and now my own uncertain employment, I've
done what any normal person would do: I bought a Weber Q barbecue grill.
Gaaaaa... gas! (For what it's worth, gas ain't wood & charcoal, but
as it's gotten dirtier, the grill is finally putting a hint of flavor
into the meat.)
Seriously though-- although the fear and dread of relocating has subsided,
the threat of it forced me to think about all this stuff we (I) have.
It would have taken half a year to clear the house out and fix it up
to sell it, and move all that junk. So we spent two weeks shredding
old papers, including cable bills dating back to the 80's. Sheesh! I
finally resolved to start parting with some of my wonderful toys, and
developed a database to generate webpages and eBay html, e-mail messages,
calc postage fees, etc.. The eBay part has worked well, and I've made
some bucks off of guitar and Godzilla stuff. Star Wars and Exosquad
stuff is going, along with whatever else I've stashed out in the storage
shed that I haven't looked at in years.
Although I haven't unleashed it yet, the database generates a low-tech
unload some stuff. That will be linked off of the main website. I'm
not trying to become a business, but envision this as an online ongoing
garage sale: It's not to sell stuff that I make, but some of the stuff
that I've bought, keeping only a few samples of the stuff I really like.
I really don't have room for a gazillion Dragon variations on the German
uniform, and the spare boxed-up uniforms aren't doing anyone any good.
Going through the junk has wakened another curious urge-- Model Railroading!
My old N-gauge layout was trashed because I needed to reclaim space,
but as I cleaned it up, I remembered that it's really neat stuff-- and
nowadays they have digital independent control systems for locomotives.
I couldn't bring myself to sell it piecemeal on eBay. If I clear out
just the rear section of my storage shed, I'd have a huge area to resurrect
the layout. With an 8,000 BTU airconditioner, it's feasible...
As for looming unemployment... umm, yeah. Updated resume and a Monster.com
account... I feel like I've taken at least a few steps in the general
direction... Wheee, what fun!!! I haven't done that in decades and really
look forward to the experience (NOT!).