Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Lot of 400 78s ... SOLD!!!

That was a much quicker turnaround that I had ever anticipated. Tonight, I sold my 78s. Woot! Sold them to a young fella who basically is in the mode that I was in 4 or 5 years ago. Young. Probably a new job. And lots of liquid cash just burning a hole in the pocket. How I miss those days. ;) He's buying a jukebox in the next couple of days and is contemplating buying my collection of 45s as well. Double woot! We'll see. But I'm very happy. Now we have some money and can go out to buy some much needed print cartridges for our computers, seeing as they are all out (or warning that they will go out).

Yay me!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I have alot of records

Here is approximately what 2300 45 RPM records looks like.

To give you an idea of how big the boxes are, the 'tiny' one at the top is a 7 inch by 7 inch by 7inch box. That box holds exactly 100 records.

How does one amass such a large and useless collection? The answer is simple. I am a collector by nature. I have stories that I wrote when I was in third grade about the collections I had then: stamps, rocks, bottle caps, and I forget what else. I am a collector by VOLUME. Not quality, VOLUME. Lots and lots of things is what I like. To a fault. So back in my bachelor days (in fact, in the months before I met Maryann), I went on an eBay rampage. One Saturday night around 3am I was on eBay and decided that I would put in bids on around 10 different lots of 45 RPMS, each of them numbering in the hundreds. My lucky before them was not so soon, so I figured that if I won 1 or 2 of them, then that would be cool. I ended up winning about 8 of them. So, there you go. At least I can say that I listened to the majority of them. I think there was probably only about 500 of them that I never listened to. The rest all saw the needle all the way through (unless is was so scratched that I had to pick up the needle to save it).

But, 2700 7 inch 45 records is TOO MANY when you live in a 1200 sq ft ranch with a wife and a kid and three cats.

So, today I spent nearly 8 hours going through the majority of my collection of 45s which I am eventually going to sell on eBay. It wasn't too painful of a process. I saved probably somewhere between 100 and 200 for me, mostly hits from the 80s that I can relate to (c'mon, who doesn't want to hear Hall and Oates since 'You Make My Dreams' a few more times.) So the picture above shows 2300 that are boxed up and ready to go. Not pictured are the 100-200 that I set aside while going through them today, another 100 that I already owned, another 50 or so that are 'special' that i will sell separately on eBay and another stack of 100 to 200 that are still in limbo, but will probably be used to pad out the boxes that people (hopefully) buy from me.

So... that's the tale for the 45s.

Yesterday I went through my collection of 78 RPM records. As an experiment, I put them up on craigslist. Up for grabs is 325+ 78 RPM records. I actually came across another 40 or so that I'll probably throw in as well. Hopefully someone wants them. There is no way I can shop them anywhere since they are so fragile. I'm (probably) asking too much, but hopefully there is someone out there like me who is looking to increase the size of their collection in one swoop.

As for LPs or CDs or cassettes. I have not guess at all as to how many I have. Again, the quick answer it too many. I sold off around 100 to 200 LPs (or 33s as you might know them by) at a garage sale last year. That was a big step for me. Against, as with the 45s except a little bit better, I have listened to each of them at least once. So, my collection is not for naught. I DO listen to the things I buy. But to attempt to sell it all off is a bit of a daunting task, but it's one I'm going to attempt. Wish me luck.

Everyone, Meet Dwight

This is our new cat, Dwight. We adopted him from my wife's mom who got him from my wife's niece who got it from my wife's sister. He looks pretty darn close to Stinky. However, instead of being 10 years old, he is 6 months old... and still has his claws and other parts. For now. :) We named him after our favorite character on The Office, Dwight Shrute. Other names that I was planning on calling the cat, but were quickly vetoed were: SFC, DFC and SOB. Stinky II and Junior were also at least considered, but since we named him on the run (ie... on the way to the vet, seeing how we arrived in Cinci to find him with an infected eye), we managed to agree on Dwight. He's already a fairly large kitten for his age. He's probably going to be another freakin' huge cat.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Norah's First 'words'

My 6 month old daughter Norah had her first 'typing lesson' today. I'm so proud of her! Here is what she had to say:


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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Grubby Paws

I don't know what it is in people that think that just because you have 4 boxes of Hot Pockets in the freezer that it is okay for them to eat them. What the hell? I'm the one who paid $2.00 for that box and I can get 2 lunches out of it. It's bad enough that you put your grubby paws on my food to begin with, but you even bettered yourself by eating not one but BOTH hot pockets. WTF? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Just wanted to say "Oops" to the people who left comments that went 'unmoderated' for months. I figured y'all just thought I sucked. I've mod'ed my config so that y'all will see you comments right away. D'oh! indeed.

I had a whole bunch of settings that were all goofy. I was looking at Tom and Todd's blogs going 'Why do they have a header for their posts and I don't?' Well, dummy (me), there is a setting called 'Show Title'. Great googily moogily!

So I think I have everything set up better now. I also moved to the 'Google' platform. We'll see if that move comes back to bite me in the ass. *sigh*