My thoughts and opinions on life in general.
Today is the beginning of a blog that I have 2 wishes for. First I wish for the inner fortitude and dedication it takes to keep up with a good blog. The second thing I wish for is that I am able to put what I write in front of many people who will take time to read, understand, and respond what is written.|
If I can follow through with this it will be something I have been trying to do since someone first uttered the word "blog" many years ago. If memory serves me correctly my first attempt took place sometime in 1995 when I was first exposed to computers and a brand new wonder called the World Wide Web.
So there it is my first post. I will strive to place something of interest here on a daily basis along with a couple other writers sites I frequent.
|It really is true what they say about time speeding up as we get older. Summer has gone for another year and the cooler temps at night foretell of the first frost right around the corner.
My wife and I continue to care for her father who is suffering from late-stage dementia and Alzheimers. It is a full-time job for both of us since lately he has been experiencing dizzy spells and has taken a couple of minor falls.
I have been doing some writing on a couple of other sites lately but I'm looking forward to contributing here a lot more throughout the winter months.
I have decided to take up Voice Over and I have been doing a lot of study on the subject. We already have much experience with over one thousand hours of broadcasting time on the internet.
| Today was a really good day and tomorrow is shaping up to be outstanding. My medicine arrived on schedule and the pain melted away thanks to my medical cannabis.
A delivery service brings it to me from a town about 2 1/2 hours from here yet they don't charge any extra for their service. Their prices are beating the crap out of the dispensaries here in Maryland also.
The hot topic for tomorrow is the things we will be retrieving from a storage unit that belongs to a friend. He has come upon hard times and is in need of a trip out west for some family business. He will be staying with his sister who is dying of cancer and only has a few months left.
My friend has a lot of personal belongings along with a lot of collectible items. The unit is 10x20 and is over half full.
There are old vinyl record albums that are going up in value at this time. There is a $7000. stereo from the late 70's that is worth a bundle. All told I would say he has about $12,000. worth of stuff that he has to sell and I happen to be in the right place at the right time.
I met Randy by way of a meeting to buy some old books from him. One thing led to another and he told me his story. Then he told me he was looking for someone with $800. to buy all of his things he wasn't taking with him to Cali. Even though we are pretty well strapped for cash I managed to find the money he needed and tomorrow we will be moving about a ton of stuff to our store.
|OK I know it has been a while but it has been a crazy summer so far. I decided to get into storage unit auctions online a couple of months ago and what has developed takes up a lot of my time.
When I first found out about online auctions I got a little carried away. When the dust settled after my first round of bidding I was the proud owner of eleven units spread out over 300 miles.
We ended up being able to pick up seven out of eleven and ended up with 2 units full of stuff for sale.
| July has been two things so far. Hot and wet. The rain comes like it should in April and the heat feels like the deep south in August.
This week we will be setting up our new store. They say location is everything so we picked the best location with the cheapest rent.
A storage unit at the local Self Storage business just up the road.
I recently figured out it is possible to do storage unit auctions online on a variety of websites.
About six weeks ago I found a site called Storage Treasures.com where the general public can sign up and bid on storage units exactly like the live auctions they show on the popular TV show.
Last month while learning the ropes I got a little carried away with my bidding and when the smoke cleared we owned the contents of eleven units spread out over a two hundred mile radius.
What made the whole ordeal even crazier was the fact that we had less than four days to retrieve everything and clean out all the units.
Long story short we ended up getting seven out of eleven done and would have gotten at least three more finished had it not been for the accident we were involved in while driving a U-Haul truck. That story is for another time.
| June was a crazy month around here and I, for one, am glad it is over. July looks very promising for a number of reasons but especially finance.
It was in the month of April that I discovered a website called "Storage Treasures". It is a site that allows people to participate in storage unit auctions just like on the TV show "Storage Wars".
I have been a fan of the show since it first aired and I always wanted to see what it was like to win a unit and instantly become the owner of everything inside.
Thanks to Storage Treasures it is possible for anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone or computer to bid and win just like on the show where they are doing it in person.
After taking about a month to study the website and the process I decided to take the plunge and bid on my first unit. It was fun and exciting to bid against other people and even more so after winning my first unit.
I also discovered that looking around on the site at the different units and studying the pictures provided was like eating Lays potato chips. you can't bid on just one unit. Before I knew it I was the winning bidder on eleven units spread out over a 250-mile radius.
|Been a while since I stopped by the site. I keep my writing going in the warmer months by writing the old fashioned way with pen and paper.
Today is a special day for another reason. We started bidding on self-storage units online and in a few hours, we might win our first unit. It has a lot of old dishes and bone ware along with a silver tea set.
Lots of projects going at the same time on Big Bug getting ready for a few short trips this summer. The
roof job I( did last fall seems to be in great shape after a long cold winter.
| Exciting times we are living in today. First of all the weather has finally turned to Spring with no more less than forty degree nights.
The other big news is that I am officially a legal cannabis consumer in the state of Maryland. Forty plus years I spent getting my cannabis from the black market but yesterday I bought my first legal weed and it was awesome.
It is time for the government to take cannabis off the FDA schedule once and for all and let it be a weed again. Kinda like a dandelion.
I can go out in the back yard and pick a bunch of dandelions and put them through a fermenting process similar to making wine and the end result is dandelion wine which is actually dandelion moonshine. As with any alcoholic beverage consuming it brings on all kinds of health problems and suffering but it is legal for me to make as long as I don't try to sell any.
On the other hand if I grow a few cannabis plants which are pure medicine that eliminates sickness and pain naturally I am breaking federal law.
It is time for cannabis to go back to being a WEED.
The weather getting warmer will allow me to get out and about for some serious metal detecting at the two known locations locally where there was Civil War action.
| It has been tough trying to type with one hand but today I got the use of my right hand back. My carpel tunnel is healing quickly as expected and my range of motion is much better with no pain.
Been spending a lot of time metal detecting the local spot that was a Civil War battlefield. So far the only finds have been a lot of really old iron that is buried 6 inches or more. The one thing found that is really cool is the name plate from a 1920's Buick Roadster. The original blue and white paint is still somewhat intact.
This area is perfect for metal detecting because of the history. I will be writing about the various locations and any good finds I come across.
One location I will be visiting is a place called "Fairfax Stone" which is the place where the Potomac River begins. Flowing east the Potomac forms the state line first with West Virginia and the Virginia.Upwards of a half mile in width at our nations capitol, the mighty Potomac begins as all rivers do. A trickle of spring water bubbling up from the ground at a place George Washington himself visited while surveying the state lines.
Time to buy my MD fishing license. Since I have an Arizona drivers license it will cost $65. but it will be worth it. I haven't had fresh trout to eat for a few years.
| Had to take a few days off from the keyboard. Wednesday at 6 am I had my wrist cut. It seems my tunnel was impinging my carpel so my Dr. fixed it for me.
I only needed 2 of the 800 mg. Motrin and today I am switching back to my morphine. As much as I hate taking an opiate I have no choice thanks to my neck and back. The cannabis I smoke is a major part of my pain management. If I didn't use it I would be taking twice as many pills for the same relief.
Tomorrow I will get a chance to get a little workout due to the weather clearing up. It is time for the second trip to Fort Alice to uncover some more goodies. The list from the first visit is... a lot of small pieces of iron of different shapes. The rust on them reeks of old age and I would guess they were all in the same spot since the 1800's.
There was five pieces of old iron rusted the same that was part of an old pot belly stove.
The best find for the first day on location was the small metal plate from a 1920's era Buick, probably from a 1928 Buick Roadster. All in all the day was a total success because we proved there was old targets to be found.
I am hoping tomorrow we are able to find something that marks the era of the Civil War and proves the location to be a great location for future hunts.
| Well the old saying in like a lion and out like a lamb almost made it this year for the month of March.
Yesterday the 30th it was in the low 60's and pleasant. Today there is a dusting of snow and the temp is around 32.
According to the long range forecast there are a lot more 60's coming along with some 70's so the search for Civil War relics and treasure at the Ft. Alice location will only be idle today. There are 50+ acres that need to be searched so it will be a summer long project.
The batteries are in Big Bug but no ignition yet. The tangle of wires that need to be hooked up on three different batteries would be really easy to remember if I had thought to take a picture of it before removing the wires but the picture didn't happen and my memory sucks.
I will have to call in professional help tomorrow just to be sure it is hooked up correctly and nothing important gets fried.
One project for today might be to head to the attic to repack some boxes and rearrange a few things.We have a lot of stuff that we don't need anymore. We will be having a couple big yard sales in the coming weeks but the is also a lot of stuff that needs to be given away and a little bit that needs trashed.
We need to get the personal belongings list small enough to fit in the motor home (Big Bug).
Even though I still miss a day here and there I am really getting into the habit of keeping up with the Blog and also keeping it real.