Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Button, Button. Who's got the Button? (Part IV)

Hearken ye... 

to the middle of the tale from the Button Pile!

(You can find the first bit here, if you need to catch up.)



 The Romans languished!

So, everyone stopped fighting and decided to have a luau!

All aboard!
They jumped on a boat....

Splish! Splash!

and sailed....

Land Ho!

to an island.

They had great fun!


They rode on sea horses....


played horseshoes...


and played golf!

Everybody Hula!

Everyone thought it was Paradise!

Just then,


a wise owl flew up.... 


in a space ship!

Everyone went...


to visit the Man on the Moon.

He showed them all the sights!

They went to a lunar casino...

and played Poker...

Round and round she goes!





Did someone cheat?

and Tic Tac Toe.


Everyone won!


Balboa came by...

with his atomic Scottie dog...

Add horrendous sound effect here.
to play a bagpipe solo for the group. 

Tick Tock!

He announced that it was time....

There's no business...
to go to the theater....

for his favorite play...

To be or not to be!

Madame Bovary.


 For the record, my favorite buttons of the whole lot are in this part of the story--the roulette wheel, the clock, the space ship and the atomic symbol.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Rambles

Let's start with some fortune cookie wisdom.

Nice and optimistic, isn't it?

I was going to work the booth on Wednesday and Thursday last week, but I was kind of worn out after treatment on Wednesday, so I only went on Thursday.  I did get some slightly better booth pics that I'll be sharing later this week.

Keith thought I was looking really tired Thursday night, which kind of confused me, since I hadn't really done anything extreme when I was working at the booth.  However, on Friday, I was totally wiped out!

This week, I'm hoping to do some more around the house.  I'm trying not to restock many smalls right now, until I sell some down, but I am taking over some small furniture and what I call "larger smalls" which is an oxymoronic term I use to describe anything that's not furniture but that won't fit into a box.

I took a van load of that kind of stuff last week from the storage unit.  This week, I'm going to pull a load out of the house stash.  I'm selling a lot of these mid-size items right now.  Of course, as soon as I get this stuff over, I'll start selling only stuffed animals and coffee mugs.  Which is okay, because I have a bunch of them in storage too.

Sales have stayed strong all month. I am now ahead of where I finished in both May and June.  I've also been meeting my daily average goals all month, so I'm feeling good about things.  I increased my expenses in renting the book booth, but it looks like I'm going to end up with a larger check out of it.  I'll take it.  In an upcoming post, I intend to run through my version of the numbers game as far as the booth goes.

The button story will wrap up this week.  There are two more parts to come, plus one final look at some fun buttons.  I've finally made it through the whole stash.  It was quite cool and quite fun.  Wednesday, I will start answering your questions, which should run off and on through the next couple of weeks.  The month ends on Friday, which means there's a new Chiquito pic waiting in the wings to appear.  He can't wait!

Let's wrap up with some more fortune cookie wisdom.

Is it just me, or does it seem like fortune cookies lack some kind of internal consistency?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Retro Y'all!

So much to like in this one, from the too cute, retro-style (even back then) outfits the vocalists are wearing to the overly enthusiastic host to that guy in the pink pants in the audience.

My favorite line is the one about "clams on the half shell and roller skates."  Sounds like fun to me.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Button, Button. Who's got the button? (Part III)

Hearken ye....

to the start of a tale from the Button Pile!

Once upon a time...

Lean, baby, lean!

in old Pisa...


the Romans invaded!

But the castle was well-defended...


with weapons...


plus Vikings and Knights...


who also had a scary lion.

Uh Oh!  The Romans have reinforcements...

Bon Jour!

led by Napoleon!

Don't worry!

Here comes the cavalry!

Trot! Trot! Trot!

A unicorn...


leading a herd of elk and roosters...


riding in an old time car....


being driven by Queen Elizabeth!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The real reason I hang out at the cancer center


Fat Eddie is Happy Eddie!


I guess that secret's out now.

Seriously, two ice cream cups is part of my ritual there, along with the heated blanket and a pillow.  For some reason, I ended up not asking for the them yesterday.  I never skip out on the ice cream.

The little red thing is the badge with my patient number on it.  I'm supposed to wear it every time I go in, so they can ensure I get my treatments and not Hortense P Snodwaller's by mistake.  Usually, I forget it.  In fact, I think yesterday may be the first time I remembered it this year.  I should have gotten an extra ice cream for that.

You can kind of see the IV tube snaking its way across to the Purple Power Port.  (ENGAGE!)

Yesterday went about as smoothly as it's ever gone.  In at eight, out by eleven.  That's my motto!  Hardly any wait time at all, except for my labs to get back, which is a necessary wait.  If certain numbers are off, then I cannot have the treatment.  Thankfully, that has never happened for me.  I did hear one of the nurses trying to explain to another patient yesterday that her labs showed she was almost dehydrated, which is one of the things that can keep you from getting treated.

This is a very fast infusion.  It only takes 30 minutes.  Once the drug arrives, and they hook it up, it hardly takes any time at all. Quite a switch from my first treatment, which took 90 minutes, plus pre-meds.

By the way, I started that book I'm reading right after I got to the cancer center and finished it after I woke up from my nap.  It's been a while since I read a book all the way through in a day.

Don't forget to leave a question for Ask Eddie Anything!  I'd love to have a few questions from readers who have never commented before.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Music for a Treatment Tuesday

For me, the best songs are achingly beautiful, yet desperately sad.  That's why I like so many Americana performers.  There's an authenticity there that you simply don't find in many other genres of music.

This one is a perfect example of what I am talking about.  Haunting, simple, but intensely real.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Rambles

This is what it's like here right now.

It's that hot.  And humid.  And icky.  To top it off, we get these thundering downpours that last an hour or so several times a day, making everything even stickier and more humid afterwards.  It's kind of like living in South Florida.

We went out for maybe two-three hours on Saturday, and I could not wait to get home.  I'm kind of glad to have a moratorium right now. I certainly don't wanna be standing in some stranger's driveway, dripping in sweat.

I did go to a nerd herd sidewalk sale at the comic shop on Saturday, because those are not part of the moratorium and I need lots of comics for the booth these days.  Instead of being 50 cents each, like they usually are at these sales, the comics were a quarter each, which is bargain city!

I was thinking that they would move the sale indoors, due to the heat.  They have a side room that they have used in the past for sales, including three this year.  However, everything was out on the sidewalk in the blazing heat.  At one point, it was just me and one other guy there.  He looks at me and says:  "Either we like this stuff a lot or we're nuts."  Or both. It was pretty miserable.

That song, by the way, is a John Prine classic, which has also been covered by my beloved Iris DeMent.  I could not find a good video of either of them performing it, so I went with Josh Ritter, who is quite a fine singer-songwriter in his own right.  (Still love my Americana music!)

Like I always say, you can't go wrong with a Prine song for a blog-opener.  Well, maybe I don't always say that, but I do when the occasion calls for it.  Like this one.

We've had so much rain that all our bushes and such are growing out of control.  I keep thinking about working on that a little bit, but the heat keeps putting me off.  If you drive past our house, turn your head.  At least the neighbors haven't complained yet.

Tomorrow is a treatment day.  Number six, I think.  I'm scheduled early, early this time, so maybe I won't get caught by the delays we've had the past couple of times.  Then I'll be home for my post-treatment nap.

I'm going to try to go the booth Wednesday and Thursday.  It will need straightening and tweaking.  I want to get some better pics too.  I have not promoted the booths on Craigslist for a while, since i moved into this store, in fact.  I need to get in gear again.  I'll share pics with you all, of course.

My plan for the next few weeks is to keep the place tidy, but not to restock for a bit (except maybe for comics and replacing furniture that sells).  I've got a bit too much in stock in the booth right now and need to sell it down to make room for new stuff.

One of the odd things that I often is experience is a slight sales drop after I do a lot of work on the booth.  It's not a big one this time, but there is a difference between what was happening when the place was trashed and what's going on now, counter-intuitive as it sounds.  Sometimes,  I cannot figure this business out.

Finally, a new idea.  Blog pal Roger dealt with last week's incredibly boring ramble by asking an excellent question.  That gave me an idea:  Why not see if anyone else has any questions they would like to ask?



If you've ever had a question(s) that you wanted to ask me, leave it in the comments, or drop me en email, or contact me on Facebook.  I'll take those questions and answer them here in the blog in upcoming posts.  Deadline for questions is this Friday!  Get pondering and get asking!  I'll answer Roger's question in a few days.

Thanks for reading!