June 2012


/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Got up around 7:10AM, made it out driving by 7:49AM and went out until 1:08PM, for a total of 5 hours, 19 minutes.

(3 hours, 1 minute driving [57%]; 2 hours, 18 minutes shopping [43%]. We actually got out the car a lot this week, and didn’t spend such a high percentage of our time driving.)

Spent $57.74 plus ~$15.44 gas for 58.9 miles of driving (13.2 mpg @ $3.46/G), for a total cost of $73.18. Expect gas to be 20% of your expenditures when yardsaleing.

We made 33 purchases (42 items) – for a total estimated value of $510.47, leading to a profit/savings of $437.29.

So in essence, we multiplied our $73.18 investment by 6.98X.  Our average is closer to 8.0X, but we’re not complaining.  We got so much stuff this week.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $481 on the job to earn the $437.29 in cash that we saved. How long does $481 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 5 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $82.25/hr as a couple or $41.12/hr per person.

COMMENTARY/ANECDOTES:

We had set this up to go to a sale advertised on Craigslist as having a 2-person kayak for sale for $10, but no. There was no sale there at all. WTF. Maybe we forgot to check the date, but yeah. That sucked.

All of the quarters in the change thing were spent.

Carolyn spent $16.

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THE BOOTY:

  • $10.00: wire brush sets (5 packs of 3), Superior, just bought some at Advance Auto (EV:$33.80 for 24, so $7.04 for these – looks like I *lost* $3.) – I felt funny about the transaction and tried to talk Carolyn into talking me out of it twice; should have trusted my instinct here. Or at least looked it up on a phone. Of course, we bought these same brushes for $6 at Advance Auto, so this would be a $4 savings per brush. But that savings is only for non-prepared people, and I’m prepared now, so I don’t get to count that. Lost money here. Mistakes were made. Should have just bought one.

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  • $8.00: bath mats (2@$4/ea), 39.5×23.5″, light blue (EV:$7/ea, so $14) – Our bath mats’ rubber has totally disappeared over the past 12 yrs, so they slide around. Not much of a problem for us, but guests have consistently and repeatedly shown themselves incapable of the taking the small modicum of consideration required to move a mat they displace back ot the proper place (really, how fucking hard is it to move something YOU MOVED back to where it goes? I’m not a child and I clean my fucking mess up when I make one in others’ bathrooms). So now we have new ones. Maybe I’ll use the old ones for working on cars.

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  • $5.00: toy, Transformers, Devastator, 10 Constructicons (complete set of 6, and incomplete set of 5) (the later/lamer ones are cheap, at about $29, but all-G1 can fetch $126 to $169 — no idea what mixing ’em does as ours is now a mix of G1 and much-later ones. We couldn’t get 6 of any one kind to form Devestator. Plus, we were 2 short – 2 Devestators require 12 constructicons, and this was only 10. We had to use some pieces from my original G1 constructicons, which formed about a 95%-complete Devestator themseles. It was an intricate puzzle of minor part incompatibility ;) ... Eventually, we managed 1.9 Devestators. They are mixed-race Devestators, often with one leg of a different generation toy than the rest. One has a backward hand becuase the hands from different versions won’t go into each other. So we effectively gained a Devestator for $5, which is what we thought we were buying in the first place. We thought we were getting 6, but we really got 10. The other 4 are spread around in different rooms of our house now. I will assign an estimated value of $40 because the ones we bought today were not G1, but because there were 4 extra, it won’t quite be as cheap as the $29 set, plus the individual miscellaneous pieces are often sold to people with 99% sets for as much as $5 for a tiny shitty plastic missile. I’m sure I could squeeze $40 out of this if I wanted. Someone on facebook said he’d kill a kitten for a complete Devestator. :))

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  • $4.00: drum, tom, Tama Clear Head 200, 12.5″ diameter x 11.75″H, 2 small punctures on one side, 1 large puncture on other side, head still tight, drum still sounds good though (EV:$155 but we will dock 40% for having a punctured drumhead, so: $86.40) – Our ghetto drum set now has 3 toms, a snare, a training-tom that makes a better snare than the snare, a bass drum, and half a high hat! Getting closer to a complete set! Could really use the linkeage that lets you attach pieces to each other, now.
  • $3.00: croquet set (EV:$22.19 but docking 75% due to condition, and the wood glue I had to use to fix the almost-split wood that split right away, so: $5.55) – Turns out this set is in pretty bad condition, but still. Our other set is buried in our camping gear, so it’s good to have a 2nd one.
  • $3.00: ice cream maker, Rival 8210, Rivco.com (EV:$8.95) – Ice cream party?? This replaces an inferior one we bought 10 yrs ago and never used. But the lady versed us more about how to use it, so we’re more willing now.

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  • $2.00: costume, Pirate boot toppers (EV:$14.95) – apparently the previous item does nothing for your shoes. Somebody sure had some unrealized Halloween aspirations. I’ll be dressing in their custom for a 10th of their cost.
  • $2.00: costume, “Fang Bangin’ Fun Vamp” Dream Girl, Style No. 5991, bought for $2, found that they had originally priced it at $20, then went down to $5, and then $2 (EV:$49.99 price tag, but you can get it for $27.98 online) – this looks sexy, and the Pentagram belt-buckle is awesome
  • $2.00: tool bag/utility belt, leather, 2 rolls of electric tape hanging on it (green, small white), Klein Tools, 5166 (EV:$9.95 + $1.50 for the 2 rolls of mostly-full electric tape) – this will be useful, for sure! If I wear it right, it will show my ass crack, fulfilling all stereotypes regarding handiness!
  • $2.00: game, Cranium Conga (EV:$6.92) – another Cranium game! We have 5+ now. We should probably stop.
  • $2.00: gas masks (2), military, including cases, Vietnam era (EV:$45.00/ea, so $90) – How can I resist for $1 each? It’s hot inside of those things! If we stood by the road with them on, would it freak people out?
  • $1.00: router, wireless, Linksys, RangePlus, model # WRT110 (EV:$23.93) – Tempted to set this up in place of ours, because it might be faster than the one we use. But really, this is just a backup. Wouldn’t want to have to go out and buy one in a pinch.
  • $1.00: tool, scraperthe one they use in gas stations to remove inspection stickers!!! (EV:$8.20) – Gonna use this to remove our non-edged shitty-paint-job paint from last summer when the insurance companies made us paint our window sills! Maybe Carolyn will do this while I paint the roof white.
  • $1.00: lug wrench/tire iron (cross/superior style) (EV:$15.50) – Finally, we 3 of these for 3 cars.

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  • $1.00: *roofed/enclosed* litter box, Van Ness, CP6, 18x14x17 (EV:$13.61) – backup/spare/travel housed-litter box for the kitties
  • $1.00: automatic card shuffler (EV:$6.99) – another backup item, we have this EXACT card shuffler already, though the one we have messes up a bit at the end.
  • $0.75: cat scratcher board refill, circular, 10.25″ diameter (EV:$2.59)
  • $0.75: cat scratcher board refill, rectangular, 17.75×4.75″ (EV:$12.99)
  • $0.50: game, Wheel Of Fortune (EV:$6.00) – Christmas gift
  • $0.50: spider web, 2oz, and spiders (4) (EV:$2.29) – You’d never guess what we get this for. Wasps invade our house every spring. We’ve noticed they are INSANELY attracted to blacklights (so you keep them on, so they won’t attack/fly at you). We put this fake spiderweb stuff around our kitchen-ceiling blacklights, and the wasps get attracted to the blacklight, stuck in the web, then starve to death. It’s brilliant, efficient, and beautiful.
  • $0.50: sunscreen, SPF 30, Coppertone Sport, 8oz, mostly full (EV:$4.75) – Why would anyone ever sell sunscreen? You’re going to use it again sometime! Just put it in your car or something! Fine, we’ll steal your value.
  • $0.50: electric outlet adapter, 6 2-prong plugs (EV:$5.34 online, but really $1 because these show up at dollar stores sometimes) – I had remarked “we need one more of the 2-prong ones of these” to Carolyn prior, and didn’t really want to go back to our *tertiary* dollar store just to see if they had more.

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  • $0.50: eye hooks (4), 1.625″ wide, 2.5″ including screw part (EV:$0.69/ea, so $2.76 for 4) – Now we can hang people off our ceilings. Really though, no clue what we’re going to use them for. I don’t trust my ceilings to hold that kind of weight anyway.
  • $0.50: book, Collector’s Guide To Pez: Identification & Price Guide (EV:$24.95 price tag) – Christmas gift
  • $0.50: game, Swap, new in packaging (EV:$2.00 price tag) – I kinda snuck this in with the above Pez book, wanting to pay $1 for both. No real desire to play this game, it’s more about a chance to slap Carolyn’s hand and vice versa. I normally shun realtime card games. But we’re gonna slap each other silly, bwahahah!

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  • $0.33: toy, Dr. Suess, Thing 2, 4″ (EV:$10.99)
  • $0.33: button, Jackie Chan Adventures, Kids WB Saturdays (EV:$1. Can’t find this on the internet AT ALL, but typically, licensed buttons go for $1 on Ebay) – Have not owned anything from this underrated series!
  • $0.25: cat feeder, blue, 11x7x9 (EV:$5.62) – another? Really? Why, Carolyn?
  • $0.25: lighter, bullet, 6.125″ (EV:$6.00) – for Matthew?

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  • $0.25: book, manga, Shonen Jump, Vol 6, issue 5, 200805 (EV:$3.99) – I have an issue or two of Shonen Jump. The first thing I did is check if they had a Bobobo Bo-bobobo in it. The second thing I did was fork over my 25 cents, because 10 pages of Bobobo alone is worth far more than a quarter!
  • $FREE: frame, 15.125×12.25″, picture size 11.5×8.5 (EV:$5.99) – Always grab free frames. We never pay much to frame anything…Though we rarely frame stuff.

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2012 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 9
TOTAL HOURS: 35:44
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: ~379.7
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $403.95
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 223-342
(depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items)

TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $3,255.79

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

CARTOONS: My Little Pony Smackdown: Girls vs. Bronies | Collectors Weekly

A good (LONG) article on the Brony subculture. Goes into a lot of detail.

LINK URL: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/my-little-pony-smackdown-girls-vs-bronies/

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MODERN-DAY REEFER MADNESS: Causeway Cannibal Not High On Bath Salts, you naive fucks

Modern-day reefer madness – if you believed the speculation of a cop, you’re kind of naive. 

Not only did the cops trick the entire public, but they accidentally shot the victim! Where’s the fucking taser?

Quoth Rev. Spike: “Way to go shitty ass media, report that this was caused by bath salts, stir up a bunch of drama and ratings. How many people do you think will see the retraction compared to the original hype? How about you try doing your god damned job instead of spreading rumor and speculation?”

I wonder how many people are going to turn around and now say that marijuana was the cause?

LINK URL: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/medical-examiner-causeway-cannibal-not-high-on-bath-salts/

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If only the culinary experience I’m about to share with you was as good as this one was. If only.

There once was a sketch on Saturday Night Live where a guy had recently died, and got to talk to an angel about his life. “Ask me any question”, the angel said. “What’s the grossest thing I’ve ever eaten?”

“Ohhh, heh heh heh”, said the angel… “You don’t want to know that, believe me.”

“Okay, what’s the 671st grossest thing I’ve ever eaten?”, the man asked. The angel answered, and it was still disgusting.

Let’s just say that the story I am about to tell — I certainly hope there are not 670 grosser stories that I don’t even know about. In fact, this almost was one I didn’t know about either.

Carolyn’s family had served waffles or pancakes — I can’t remember which, so I’m going to go with pancakes for this story. But they were serving them out one person at a time, for some odd reason. Always being a hungry man, I opted to go first and eat my pancakes. BTW, I totally douse mine in syrup. And then I cut my pancakes up to expose more surface area and try to make sure syrup has completely saturated every cubic millimeter of my panckes, to 100% possible saturation levels. So the syrup is an important aspect to the story.

This is how I should have reacted:

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“Wait a second. Something about these pancakes tastes funny…”

But that’s not how I reacted. Instead, I said, “Mmmmm”, and continued to merrily eat my pancake.

Next up was Carolyn’s brother Jay. He was quite happy to get pancakes too:

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I want pancakes too! And bacon! GIMME!

But then Jay made a startling observation. “This syrup is full of ants!”

Praise “Bob”, this is NOT what I want to be eating. ANTS!

The ant to syrup ratio was a bit lower than this, but there was a whole bottle full of them. We’re talking 100s of ants. I probably ate at least 20 ants myself, unless perhaps they did not go through the syrup nozzle.  In which case, I just got the sheddings, poop, skin, and decomposition of the ants that had previously died in the syrup. Not really much better…

“These boys get that syrup in ’em, they get all antsy in their pantsy.”

Suffice to say, everybody else got to eat pancakes without ant-syrup in them….

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“Yay my pancakes don’t have ants on them!” … “My fork doesn’t either!”

I kind of felt that better care could be taken to not serve a house guest ants, but hey, I guess I shouldn’t just trust that people’s food is edible when they give it to me. (Hey, the pancakes were good, and ants are nutritious. Just not what I would have chosen to eat.)

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Little do they know that we’ve replaced their normal pancakes with Folgers pANTcakes — now with Flavor Ants(tm).

Nowadays, I inspect my food more carefully before eating it.

Especially if it comes from  a Sawyer:

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“Initiating ant scan.” ………. “Ant scan? I was not aware of that particular defense mechanism”

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SCIENCE: MEDICAL: Parkinson’s Voice Initiative – YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE AN DHELP

Make a 3 minute phone call to contribute your voice and vocal patterns to a scientific database used to detect parkinson’s disease, which apparently can be detected by how you talk. Have they run this thing on Michael J. Fox yet? I’m calling now.

LINK URL: http://www.parkinsonsvoice.org

/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Got up around 7:05AM. Carolyn made breakfast AND lunch to take again, so we didn’t make it out driving until 7:41AM.

In the tride and true pattern of “bad week follows good week”, we did not have many stops, and were back home by 10:25AM.

So the total time was only 2 hours, 44 minutes. And of that time, 2 hours, 17 minutes were driving. Yes: only 27 minutes (16%) at actual sales. The rest (84%) was just driving around, basically.

I was in an extremely foul mood from friend-drama the previous night, so I lacked the motivation to get out at most sales, and tried to convince Carolyn to go while I sat in the car. So we drove by most of the yard sales without going in, thus only 27 minutes at the sales. But they weren’t that great-looking either.

Spent $30.00 plus ~$9.75 gas for 38.1 miles of driving (14.1 mpg @ $3.61/G), for a total cost of $39.75.

We bought 7 items – for a total estimated value of $228.25, leading to a profit/savings of $188.50.

So in essence, we multiplied our $39.75 investment by 4.74X. Not as high as previous weeks, which is indicitive of this being a bad week.

(Also, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $207 on the job [prior to taxes] in order to actually take home the $188.50 in cash that we saved.)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $82.55/hr as a couple or $41.28/hr per person.

COMMENTARY:

Worst Salesman Ever. This guy wanted $5 for a fan, so Carolyn offered $3, and he said, “Let me think about it for 2 minutes while I tell you about this fan. It was broken, but it still worked, so I tied it together, and it still works. How about $4?” By this time, Carolyn was like, “Nevermind”, and walked away. The guy called after her like, “OK, $3!”, and she was like “No, I don’t want it anymore.” Haha. He talked her out of even paying her offered amount for it. And he had another yard sale the following week, with the fan still there! AND OH! THE WEEK AFTER THAT HE WAS THERE WITH THE FAN YET AGAIN!  Three weeks of him trying to sell it. This is a rare tidbit for me to add, as I usually complete these blog posts prior to the following week’s expedition. In this case, I’m 8 days behind, so there you go: Built-in 1-week-later & 2-week-later updates. The dude STILL HAD THE FAN on June 23rd!

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THE BOOTY:

  • $10.00: paint (2 gallons), Behr, Ultra Pure White, #1050 & #7050 – supposedly never used, supposedly 2yrs old, supposedly opened & stirred to ensure it hadn’t rotted. It took a lot to convince us to pay $5 for each gallon. (EV:these go from $20 to $37 each, so we’ll just call this $50) – For our paint-the-roof-white project, to save money. Better ROI if your paint is dirt cheap.
  • $10.00: *standalone* dvd recorder, LiteOn, LVW-1101HC1 [no remote; didn’t want one anyway] – the type you use to convert VHS tapes with, or record from a camera. Missing the remote, but I tested the eject tray, to not repeat the previous experience where we paid $15 for one of these, and the tray wouldn’t eject. CRAP. Found out this only records DVD+R, not DVD-R. Okay, anybody want to trade? I will give you two DVD-Rs for one DVD+R. (EV:$40 was the value we decided in 2011) – This one better work! But at least I tested it better this time.
  • $8.00: bread machine, Breadman Deluxe Rapid Breadmaker – 59minute, 2lb bread ($65 online, though retail is $120) – Exact same as our other bread machine, which will make measuring our our bread more simple.
  • $1.00: game, Cranium Hullabaloo (EV:$11.30) – The clay, of course, was all dried up. We bought some Play-Doh at K-Mart for $3.
  • $0.50: toy, interactive solar system (EV:apparently people were actually paying $47 for this when it came out?! WHY?!?!?! IT HARDLY DOES ANYTHING! WTF!! But, in fact, it sells for $24.98 on Ebay. Still way overpriced.) – for future-Sagan


  • $0.50: crown, Burger King crown, like the one we have but without ribbon on it – NOT the paper crowns they have, but hard plastic with foam insert (EV:$2) – We like the one we have, so why not have another?

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  • $FREE: mirror, 26×32″, with gold-painted wooden frame (EV:$34.97) – Can never turn down a free mirror.

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2012 STATS SO FAR:
TOTAL EXPEDITIONS: 8
TOTAL HOURS: 30:25
TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: ~320.8
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $330.77
TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 190-300 (depending on how you count)
TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE: $2,745.32

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person).

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GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY: Obama asserts executive privilege on Fast and Furious documents

Begin sarcasm:
Wow, Obama is sure upholding his promise for a more transparent government!

LINK URL: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/20/politics/holder-contempt/index.html

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/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Instead of our usual 7-9 planned stops, we had 19! NINETEEN!!! Suffice to say.. We missed 6 of them. Mostly due to our GPS dying and not being able to find anything around Telegraph Rd., with it’s stupid construction. Got up around 8AM, had breakfast PLUS Carolyn packed some sandwiches so we wouldn’t have to stop to eat lunch.

Made it out driving by 8:25AM, and went out until 2:58PM (!!) for a total of 6 hours, 33 minutes [a record for this year].

(Time breakdown: Driving: 3hr 44min [57%]. Saleing: 2hr 49min [43%].)

Spent $75.75 plus ~$17.57 gas for 69.1 miles of driving (14.2 mpg @ $3.61/G), for a total cost of $93.32.

We made 41 purchases, getting 75 items (wayyy more items if you were to count each piece of sandpaper and the 20 various My Little Pony combs and non-pony toys, but no, NOT doing that).

The total estimated value for all these items is $919.72 (!!!), leading to a profit/savings of $826.40.

So in essence, we multiplied our investment by 9.86X. (Also, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $908 on the job to get the $826 in cash we saved.)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $126.17/hr as a couple or $63.08/hrper person!! A record for this year.

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COMMENTARY/ANECODTES:

Coolest thing I didn’t buy? A motherboard clock! It was a clock set on a microwaved CD with gemstones, in a blue stained-glass terrarium that contained a motherboard and some batteries. Very cool, but a space-taker. We could have maybe replaced one of our more-generic lamps with this, but we don’t pay more than $2 for lights as a general rule, and this was $10. Considered buying it for my sister. We knew we’d regret not buying it, but Carolyn’s insistence on not going to the bank over and over for weeks despite having $0 cash helped sway us away from it.

I swear this one guy was high. He was 55-65ish, grey/white hair, and had the best taste in dvd collecting I’ve ever seen, 10X more so for a whitehead: Super Troopers, Space Ghost Coast To Coast, Mr. Show, Spaced (UK), Jackass. I mentioned that I’d pay $5 for VHS players (which is no longer the case, my new price ceiling is $3), and he went inside for a long time to look at one. I really didn’t want to wait and kinda just wanted to drive off. He held me hostage. He came out all smiley and was talking about how I’m his twin and think just like him. They also had a bag of My Little Ponies that we got. In the end, I was like…. “That guy MUST have been high. Really. WTF. He was so out of it.”

Saw Rogelio again! 3rd time now! He wasn’t wearing a comic book shirt this time. He showed me some of the stuff he bought again. He always asks about trading. That is weird to me, becuase I mostly only buy stuff I want for myself, or for my friends. I told him I’d probably never trade in any situation ever, and am more of a hoarder. He said sorry for not responding to my email before. I said sorry for accidentally inviting him to Google+. He was near our friends Brad & Mandy’s house, which is farther from where he was the 1st 2 times we saw him. Maybe he’ll email us. I’d hang out with him.

Eavesdropping-Daughter-Agent! At a Hispanic yard sale, The Dad had bad/no English. The Dad was having trouble engaging in commerce with Black Guy Who Did Not Speak Spanish. I see a rice cooker. I ask Carolyn if we should get it, so that we have two. “Maybe we can boil vegetables in it while making rice in the other one or something? Plus, what if the 1st one breaks.” Carolyn said she would only pay $1. I told her: “We paid $5 for the last one, and this one is better.” But she said since we have one, we shouldn’t pay as much. So finally I decide ask The Dad how much, but Eavesdropping-Daughter-Agent was apparently standing by us, eavesdropping, pretending to be a random kid. She interjects before her dad even hears us, and says, “$3“. RIGHT in the middle of what me & Carolyn were talking about. You were listening to us, weren’t you?, I asked… But she did not answer. So I get it for $3. Then Black Guy Who Did Not Speak Spanish was like, “I was going to buy that!” “Five dollars!”, I yell back as we walk away. Everyone has a good-spirited laugh. I pick up the pace ever-so-slightly in case he thinks I was serious. He, too, had a strange accent–I think he was French?!

We’re Such Creepers. Hot girl getting out of car, and we’re rolling down the road a bit slowly looking for the sale we’re headed toward. She’s bending down or getting out of her car or something, and we were already going pretty damns low, so she kinda does this side-glance and catches Carolyn & me both checking her out. You had to be there, but it was hilarious. We were totally creeping on her. Her expression was priceless.

Telegraph road sucks!!! There’s a reason we always avoided sales over there. We tried to venture forth into new territory. I realize now, with 19 stops, that’s greedy. 10 planned stops is a more manageable amount. We ended up with the least efficient hour of the whole shift. It seems that east of 395 is very much “the wrong side of the tracks” for sales. There are actually some nice neighborhoods over there, but it’s hell getting to them without a GPS. So I’m asking this guy how to get to Old Telegraph, and this Brazilian lady interjects into the conversation and proceeds to give us the wrong directions… I talk to her because she’s hotter than some dude, but it was a mistake, causing a 20-40 minute delay in reaching our next sale. Later I ran into her. I didn’t call her on it directly, but I said Hi, which made her ask about her directions, and I told her no, the directions didn’t really help. Her response? “My directions were right; somebody turned the sign around.” Yeah right. Then she showed me rings she paid $50 for at sales, casting futher doubt on her general credulity as a person.

Crazy-big sale at the very end. Not even a planned destination. We were so ready to go home, but then we saw a sign on a sidestreet a half-mile from our house. Tons of really useful stuff. A whole double-length carport full, with another few tables of stuff. And this was at like 2-3PM!. I can’t imagine how good the spread must have been at 8AM! The guy maybe was a general contractor, given the variety of various speicalized tools he had, and no longer wanted. He apparently owned two houses? His answer to everything was “one dollar” (except the $10 battery charger). He was French, I think, and had other French people stopping by while we were at the sale. Pretty useful stuff.

The Rerun Folks. The first sale was a community set-of-9-sales up by my Granparents’ (RIP) old house off Seminary Rd. I’d never yardsaled up there, but it was a community sale, and those can be gold, especially in an upscale neighborhood like my grandparents’. We asked some random people getting into their car where to get a map of the individual sales, and they told us where the Other Sale With A Map was. So we went there, saw them, said hi, perused the sale, and took a map. Planned our sub-route (To clarify, 9 stops at this community represent just 1 of the 19 stops on our itinery.) … 8 sales later, we’re wrapping back around to get out of the community, which required passing the Other Sale WIth A Map. THE PEOPLE WHO TOLD US ABOUT IT WERE STILL THERE. As I drove by, I slowed down, beeped, and yelled, “You’re still here?!?!”. They waved back once the delayed recognition kicked in. They’re definitely doing it wrong. You can’t linger too much. Showing up 5 seconds later can make the difference between a once-in-a-lifetime purchase happening and not happening. You can’t dick around and hang out (unless they are Jamaicans who are giving you free beer–true story from the past). You really need to go as fast as possible to get to the most sales and opportunity as much as possible. Did they have to let it linger? Did they have to? Did they have to?

Helpful Ninja Kid. He came up and touched Carolyn’s hand while she was getting into her car. She had no idea he was approaching. He scared her and she yelped, hehehe. “Do I know you?”, he asked. [Are you trying to pick up my wife? She doesn’t really go for 6 year olds, sorry.] Then he told us it was a community yardsale and there were more sales up the street. He was very helpful and quite in control of the situation, especially for a 6 year old. So we were able to get the dolly and the rosemary because of this kid. Neato.

Forgetfu. At one sale, I was thinking about buying a game for future-Sagan, and asked Carolynabout it. “You already bought that game for Sagan…today! It’s in the car as we speak!” Oops! The people at the sale, as well as us, had a laugh.

THE BOOTY:

  • $10.00: battery charger/engine starter, DieHard, battery and alternator tester, model#200.71225 (EV:$79.99) – This will represent a SERIOUS upgrade from the gray, 1970s, analog, rusted charger my dad gave me.

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  • $7.00: dvds: Super Troopers (EV:$8.31), Orgazmo (EV:$5.30), Spaced (UK) [complete series] (EV:$38.89, $43.83) AUTOGRAPHED BY SIMON PEGG AND NICK FROST!!! DIDN’T NOTICE UNTIL I OPENED IT 2 MONTHS LATER!! will have to add some arbitrary value ($20?) to my estimated value total for 2012, Jackass: The Movie: Special Collector’s Edition (EV:$5.14), Space Ghost Coast To Coast – Volume 2 (EV:$4.99), Mr. Show – 1st & 2nd Seasons (EV:$5.82), Mr. Show – 3rd Season (EV:$7.66), Mr. Show – 4th Season (EV:$7.43) – I have VERY LITTLE USE for movies in shitty dvd quality; these are bought just for the dvd extras, which we watch during dinner. I am remiss to report I only freed up 1 slot in my Netflix queue due to this purchase.

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Later, we discovered the Spaced dvds were autographed by Simon Pegg & Nick Frost!!!! Big DERP on the seller’s part for not realizing that:

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  • $5.00: electric blanket, with sleeves, blue, Ion Coz-e (EV:$17.77) – basically an electric snuggie

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  • $5.00: keyboard, Yamaha PSR-180, 36.375×13″, with nice stand, sheet music holder (EV:$69.99 + $38.79 for a comparable stand on Ebay=$108.78!!) – My $5-at-a-yardsale Casio SK-1 synthesizer is officially ousted! Now I’ve got a REAL keyboard!!

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  • $5.00: microphone stand, fullsize, adjustable, AKG Acoustics brand (EV:$30.00) – Damn this is nice. Previously people had wrapped quarter-inch microphone cord around my spiral stairs to tie the mic up. Not elegant, and damaging to the cord. A proper, adjustable mic stand is soooo much better.

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  • $5.00: rosemary, home-grown, LARGE parmesan cheese bottle full (EV:Hard! I measured with my scale: 184g, which is 6.49049oz. It’s $13.69/oz where we normally buy our groceries. So that’s $88.85 of rosemary, with the added benefit of being fresh.) – we JUST ran out of Rosemary for the 1st time I can remember in this house. I think we’re set for the next decade or so.

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  • $3.00: dvd player, Sony, Model# DVP-S560D, Serial# 0862010 (EV:$46.00) – $3 for a dvd player? Why have I been paying $5 for VHS players? Time to change my price ceiling! No longer willig to spend more than $3 on VHS players!

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  • $3.00: Pyrex, 5-piece set, circular dish set with lids, 1qt (circular), 2c (2) (cicular), 3c (rectangular,7x5x1.5″), 6c (rectangular,8x6x2″) 6021224 #P1076291 (EV:$13.99) – Carolyn was totally judging the lady for not even using Pyrex, but then she opened the “10 piece set” and found out they are 5 pieces and 5 lids, and all very small. It was a disappointment, because they are so small that I’d rather just use a glass jar (less fridge/dishwasher room taken up). But still, these will last forever. Then again, jars are free and in neverending [albeit slow] supply, so this was a somewhat questionable purchase, even at $3.
  • $3.00: action figures: Joker, Batman The Brave And The Bold, 4″, squirts water, Happy Meal toy  (EV:$5.99),

    action figure, Silver Surfer, attaches to surfboard, 3.625×5″, Happy Meal toy (EV:$2.99),

    big bag of My Little Pony stuff, G1, Firefly [“Noon” written on leg in marker], Cotton Candy [“Posey” written on leg in marker], Sundance, Sunlight [“Magic Star” written on legs in marker], Baby Half Note, accessories: 19 assorted combs, velco cloth bridle, plastic bridle, plastic saddle, tutu, 2 hats, 2 opalescent plastic wings, baby pony diaper... Yes, a diaper. Plus a bunch of non-pony stuff that we threw away.

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  • $3.00: rice cooker, Oster, model# 4751 (EV:$25.99 but ours is missing the steamer basket so we’ll dock it $5 to $21.99) – We didn’t really need this, but it looks a lot nicer than the other one, and I like having backups. Plus we could in theory double-up to cook rice half as often.

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  • $2.00: lamp, adjustable angle, black (EV:$8, I’m choosing that randomly because small lamps are stupidly-expensive when new. It was probably really more than $8 for all I know!) – Clint figured, correctly, that the bracket connecting to the base would be suitable for mounting this in our closet (with an extension cord running outside the closet, and 16 hooks to manage the cord). He removed the base, and 30 minutes later, closet light! Can tell my blue suits from my black suits for the first time ever!

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  • $2.00: mirrors (2), clip-on towing, Cipa, model# 11950, 5×7.5″ (EV:$5.57/ea = $11.14 total) – The Chrysler and Grand Am mirrors are too stupidly, unnecessarily thick for this, but it fits on the Bonneville. Looks like I have an extra.

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  • $2.00: dolly/cart, full basket, 18x16x24″ (basket dimensions) (EV:$20.88 but dinging 25% off for the wheels being messed up, one leaked its ball bearings everywhere) – Used this to take in our yardsale stuff! Keeping it by the front door, behind our cinderblock-TV-stand/shelf

Our cats in the dolly:


  • $2.00: game, My First Amazing Game Board Book (EV:$14.95) – for future-Sagan
  • $2.00: solar lights (5), 3-tier, silver, Hampton Bay, 11688, spikes don’t screw in (EV:WAS going to be $49.97, but I have changed it to $1 total — less than what we paid — because by the time I bought the fittings to replace the missing stands, we’d paid $50 – $2 at this yard sale, $48 at home depot, and I am also docking $1 for the fact that the 12 batteries inside them aren’t brand-new… So basically, we actually took a $1 loss here, but it inspired some home improvement, and when the lights die, I’ll have some useful threaded metal rods. Except for the one I ran over with my car. ARGH.)

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  • $2.00: sleeping pad, self-inflating, 72x20x1.5″, R value 3.1, REI Lite-Core 1.5, #CA40159 (EV:$89.50) – Can’t believe these yuppies! They buy a $90 sleeping pad, decide it’s not good enough, upgrade, then sell the first one for $2? How much was the upgraded pad is what I want to know…

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  • $2.00: golf, electric putting cup with mat, World Of Golf, model#JR103 (EV:$19.99) – For a friend

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  • $1.00: microphone, usb, Rock Band, Logitech, model# A-0234A (EV:$3.99) – Upgrade to our broken-plastic headset we’ve been using (which cost at least 8X this, and is worse!). Will look cooler too.

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  • $1.00: steel wool, 15 pads, medium #1, Rhodes America HomaxProducts (EV:$6.38 for 16, so $5.98 for 15) – can’t really justify NOT buying these, ’cause I know we’ll need them at SOME point
  • $1.00: bins (4 total, yellow (2), brown (2)), plastic, stackable, 12x9x7″ (EV:$6.82) – We had bins on our coffee table. Then the roaches came, and we removed them to purge them. Then they left, and the table’s all empty again. The bins we moved have new homes. We need more bins for our coffee table. And here they are!

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  • $1.00: game, FamilyStories Family Night, Susan Magsamen (EV:$4.79) – for future-Sagan
  • $1.00: paint, 30 fl oz, Behr, beigeish color (Warm Cocoon), medium base, #1400, interior flat (EV:$5.86 — rationale:$24.96 for a gallon) – For painting our roof white to save A/C bills. But the ROI is far less if you buy paint at new-price. Yard-sale-white-paint is what we want now!

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  • $1.00: wireless USB adapter, D-Link, DWL-G120, part# BDWLG120..B1, serial# D91K14B015832, Mac id: 0011954A6E91, H/W ver: b1, F/W ver: 2.4.3.4 (EV:$15.45) – Possible way for Carolyn’s non-wifi laptop to get on our wifi

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  • $1.00: light pull with 2 outlets, 718B (EV:$1.85) – useful, I use many of these to create extra plugs around lights. Great if you don’t have enough plugs in your bathroom, for example.

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  • $1.00: tub surround seal, Magic, almond color, 1×131″, TE50 (EV:$11.57) – But apparently this product is shit and shouldn’t be used in place of proper caulking. Thus, we will do BOTH.

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  • $1.00: sandpaper, 9 sheets, 120C grit, Norton #00357 DS70170, 9×11″ (EV:$0.59/sheet, thus $5.31 for 9 sheets)
  • $0.50: sandpaper, 4 sheets, assorted grit 60, 100, 150, 220, 3M, 25000-20-CC (EV:$5.47) – Have spent $100+ on full-price sandpaper in the past. Will definitely need more in the future.
  • $0.50: game, 24: CTU: Undercover (EV:$17.09) – We’ll play this at least once!

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  • $0.50: game, Pictureka, shrink-wrapped (EV:$13.45) – for future-Sagan
  • $0.50: pez dispenser, Batman (EV:$2.00) – We already had one, but this is in the package, so it’s a wall-hang

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  • $0.50: game, Munchkin Cthulhu 2: Call Of Cowthulhu (EV:$6.77) – Munchkin upgrade?!?!! Awesome, even if we’ve only played our Munchkin once, because it requires three players!
  • $0.25: game, Blink, by Reinhard Stoupe, stock#92222 (EV:$3.30) – I’ll try any 25-cent cardgame once, if it’s unique, i.e. not using a standard deck
  • $0.25: game, Nanofictionary, Looney Labs (out of print, but it goes for $13.95 when it’s in print. However, it’s not on Ebay or anywhere else. There are people on BoardGameGeek willig to trade, a few willing to sell, but for the most part, YOU CAN’T GET THIS. So I am upping the EV to $20. I remember when RoboRally — a $55 game — was out of print, and you had to pay $300 to get it on Ebay. But I don’t think this game is nearly as popular as RoboRally!) – I was interested in this game! And it’s out of print! So I get to find it mere weeks after having an interest, even though anyone else in that same situation would be shit outta luck! YAY!
  • $0.125: action figure, Spider-Man 5.25″ (EV:$6.99) – he kinda has boobs, lol

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  • $0.125: action figure, Star Wars, R2D2, 2.25″, turning head, moveable legs, arm compartments, grappling hook compartment (EV:$4.99)
  • $FREE: gambling table top covers, 54×30, roulette, black jack, craps, 3-card poker ($56.99 for the table top and covers – we only have some covers, so we’ll count 2/3rds of that) – Currently put in larger windows to help block the sun for sleeping, but useful if we ever wanted to simulate gambling.

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  • $FREE: cd, Drew’s Famous Party Music – FREE ITEM FORCED ON US WHILE BUYING OTHER ITEMS (EV:$0.52.) – Though to us, it’s worthless. Free jewel box, basically.
  • $FREE: book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Perfect Cover Letter ($14.95 cover price) – may come in handy in Clint’s job search
  • $FREE: piece of ribbon, 18″x4mm (EV:$0) – I don’t even know why Carolyn bothered to type this up, hahaha.
  • $FREE: tupperware, 6.5x5x3″, full of travel-sized lotions (4), and conditioner (4), Comfort Care Essentials (travel-size CCE stuff can sell for $0.25/ea so we’ll count this, plus 25 cents for the tupperware, for a total of $2.25) – Free lotion? ALWAYS. 4 showers’ worth of free conditioner? Why the hell would someone throw that away instead of just using it???!?

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* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Watched in 720p HD, of course.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Dickhead crusader saves own soul, and select souls of people he knows. God is an asshole.

PEOPLE: From the director of Hoodwinked 2 (haha). Starring Graham McTavish (Rambo 4, Sebastian Shaw in Wolverine & The X-Men) as Dante. Beatrice is played by Vanessa Branch (Giselle from Pirates Of The Carribean). Alighiero is played by Mark Hamill (Star Wars, and The Joker in many Batman cartoons). Lucifer is played by Steve Blum, who voices Wolverine in the excellent Wolverine & The X-Men cartoons, the one-off Wolverine Vs. animated ‘movie’, as well as the abomination Super Hero Squad craptoon. (He also wrote 46 episodes of Naruto.) We also get the voice work of Kevin Michael Richardson (The Spectacular Spider-Man, and many other cartoons).

QUIRKS: Based on the video game based on the book. That is a VERY STRANGE WAY to do things.

VISUALS: Definitely has an anime feel, even though the version we watched was American voices only.

MORALS: God has some shitty ones, and you will suffer forever if you do not abide. If you’re a baby and you don’t get baptized, you’re going to hell. Have fun. They play it off as “God didn’t decide what hell was, that was Lucifer”, but, uh, if God decides who goes to hell, that makes him a complicit asshole.

BAD STUFF: The ending is VERY abrupt. As in, I had to stop and be like… “What happened?” And watch it again the next day. The just didn’t pace the ending very well. It was abrup…

CONCLUSION: A retelling of the video game version of the classic novel. Quite a fun and interesting way to explore the concepts of the 9 levels of hell without having to read a book. This was mostly a “beat people up on every level of hell” action movie, with great visuals.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. I didn’t quite like it as much as Carolyn, possibly due to the abrupt ending.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.9/10, Netflix: 3.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.1/5 stars–not sure why it would think we’d like this worse than most people).

RECOMMENDATION: Animation lovers should check this out, it’s an interesting retelling of a story most people [self included] don’t know the details of.

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/yard sale sign/

SUMMARY:

Got up at 8AM, Carolyn made breakfast, and we made it out driving by 8:35AM, and went out until only 11:26AM, but with a 20 minute Burger King Break.

So it was a total of 2 hours, 31 minutes. (60% of that was driving time: 1hr 31min driving, 60min at sales.)

Spent $14.00 plus $8.07 gas for 30.0 miles of driving (14.9 mpg @ $3.89/G), for a total cost of $22.07.

We bought 11 items – 12  if you count both Gojo hand cleaners separately – for a total estimated value of $142.85, leading to a profit/savings of $120.78. So in essence, we multilpied our $22.07 investment by 6.47X. (Also, the profit counts even more when you consider that we have to earn $132 on the job to get $120 in cash.)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $47.99/hr as a couple or $24.00/hrper person.

We did more than twice as well with our time last week: A true sign that this was a crappy week. But the blacklight, guitar case, and shoji all made up for it!

COMMENTARY:

Crappy week!

Because everyone and their brother threw a sale last weekend, there were hardly any this weekend.

During our preparation phase we made 7 (instead of 9) stops on our itinery. But they were f’ed up. It was a convulted, very odd route, sending us through highway exits 2 miles from our house that we’d never gone to in our life. The fact that the route was so convoluted and off the beaten path was probably a good indicator of how shitty it would be. 1 of the 7 stops didn’t even have a sale! WTF! You advertised on CraigsList! With a specific date and address!

I learned how some streets connect. I didn’t know you could take Wakefield Chapel from Braddock to 236 (IIRC). Fortunately there were some bonus sales.

The next day we happened to roll down Graham Rd. and saw signs for about 4 sales we didn’t go to, because none of them bothered to put a sign at the intersection of Annandale Rd and Graham. Dumb. They usually do that. We usually go down Graham Rd. We only skipped it because there were no signs, and we had a pre-planned route. Dumb yardsale throwers.

Also, the lesson that “crappy sign equals crappy yard sale” gets driven home more and more each week: But especially this week. It’s completely prejudiced, but if your sign sucks, you suck too, and thus your yard sale will suck too.

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Not pictured: blacklight

THE BOOTY:

  • $5.00: guitar case, 42.5″, hardcover, furry inside, Cordoba, including 30 assorted guitar strings (EV:$29.95 for a comparable used case + $30 for 30 misc guitar strings) (if I wanted to cook my books more, I might say this has an EV of $75, but I don’t think it’s that EXACT Cordoba guitar case… It’s definitley not the $115 humidfier Cordoba case, haha. I thought it would be too small for my normal-sized acoustics, but it fit fine. This is the nicest guitar case I’ve ever owned, by an order of magnitude…and I’ve owned several, including using one so much it fell apart.)
  • $5.00: blacklight, 18″, black fixture, *REAL* switch not the kind you have to hold the button down (important because only REAL switch ones can be remotely X10-activated) (EV:$14.97)
  • $2.00: sleeping bag, Coleman, tan, labeled as John Michels – seems like pre-1980 materials (EV:$17.99) – for whichever car doesn’t have many blankets in it. Also as a camping backup.
  • $1.00: mirror, Heineken Lager Beer, framed, 17.625×11.625″ (EV:$25.00) – A relative mentioned wanting beer signs for their basement. Mirrors are just signs that are more awsome.
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  • $1.00: Gojo lemon hand cleaner, 2 tubs (1 only half full), looks 10+ years old (EV:$4.84. Rationale: $10.74 for a container twice as large as ours — but we have 2, but 1 is only half full, so we’ll count 75% of that cost as $8.06, but depreciate it 40% for being old-formula/old=$4.84) – this was really handy because we almost ran out of gas, and re-filled our tank from our 5-gallon can we keep in the trunk. We smelled like gasoline! Finding hand cleaner at the next sale was SLACK!
  • $FREE: shoji (folding partition), 6.75’x6.2′ (yes, feet not inches) (EV:Hard to say. $30 new but often with $70 shipping. People selling them for $20-$50 on Craigslist, but they are all corporate/mass-manufactured. This one looks like somoene made it for a school project. It’s the most ghetto shoji I’ve ever seen in my life. So I’ll simply say: $10, because the materials aren’t worthless, nor is the workmanship. It’s just BAD, that’s all. This is a FUNCTIONAL shoji, not a decorative one) – used as background during skype interview, as well as to block sunlight during naps, or hide shelves of stuff you don’t want seen. Given that it was free, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth 50X over. I can guitlessly toss this into my yard when I’m done, because it’s all natural materials: bambo, twine, paper. 
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  • $FREE: container, metal tin, circular, 10×11″, popcorn-tin style (EV:$5 based on last week’s logic) – for diatomaceous earth storage
  • $FREE: container, metal tin, rectangular, 9.5×4.375×4″, burgundy (EV:$2) – for diatomaceous earth storage
  • $FREE: container, metal tin, circular, 10.5×5″, Royal Dansk Danish butter cookies, full of [used, worthless] assorted christmas bows (EV:$0 for bows, $2 for tin) – for diatomaceous earth storage
  • $FREE: container, metal tin, circular, 7.5×2.5″, Absolutely Devin Danish cookies (EV:$1) – for diatomaceous earth storage
  • $FREE: container, box, wooden, 5.75×2.5×3.375″, Kevton Lemon Spice tea (EV:$0.10) – didn’t really want this

Click here for other Yard Sale-related postings. * EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)

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TASERS: Chicago cops Taser 8-month pregnant woman for parking violation

What. The. Fuck.

They tasered her for trying to “take off” – but they were ticketing her for parking in a handicapped space she wasn’t supposed to be in, so was she supposed to just stick around in the space she was ticketed for?

Her crime? Ripping up the ticket. This is a parking ticket. This is not a situation to use a taser, which not only can kill a person, but also can affect the unborn child.

She was never actually a threat to anybody. This should be a huge fucking lawsuit. And the superintendent’s excuse?  “You can’t always tell whether somebody is pregnant.”

What a load of shit. Pregnant or not, the only sensible policy is that tasers be used in place of actually shooting someone. And if your’e going to tell me that shooting someone for ripping up a ticket is valid, you really don’t belong in America.

Yet another story that’s something I’ve never quite heard of before, and involves, of course, a person of color.

And oh, they also dislocated her boyfriend’s elbow after he sensibly tried to stop near-lethal force against his girlfriend & child.

LINK URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/chicago-taser-pregnant-rent-324/

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