Christmas 2014

It was a lovely, low-key Christmas this year. Nothing big. Coupla gag gifts, much goofing around.

The debate: Tree with flash or without? Without has some tricky backlighting (and me with no fill light in front).

The debate: Tree with flash or without? Without flash has some tricky backlighting (and me with no fill light in front).

Matt and Lindsey on their best behavior. Sort of.

Matt and Lindsey on their best behavior. Sort of.

Something old, something new

Something old, something new

Grammy, Uncle John, Lindsey, Matt, DeAnne, and me (Princeton comma).

Grammy, Uncle John, Lindsey, Matt, DeAnne, and me (Princeton comma).

Seriously

Seriously

Mantle

Say no more

Say no more

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Get Smart

At long last I have upgraded to a smart phone. I feel smarter already

Droid

Feeling smarter already

Yes, at long last I have succumbed to the siren call of the smart phone. I didn’t really NEED a smart phone, except that my old dumb phone had taken one too many tumbles in the parking lot. A hinge was already damaged, and the last drop severed a link to the display screen. So I was literally dialing/receiving blind. Texting was rendered useless, which is kind of a problem cuz my offspring text more than they actually call. Up to this point, I had been perfectly happy with the old beater. It was like basic transportation: It got me from Point A to Point B.

Still, it’s a significant upgrade from the old flip phone, although it also has a drawback or two.

Advantages:

* Better Internet access, including wi-fi, and now I can do that Facebook Thang on my phone.

* Cool ring tones, although I think I lost my Theme from Archer ring tone

* Much better photos. The old phone made fuzzy, low-rez globs. Which could be interesting in an artsy-fartsy sort of way.

* I can do selfies, which the kids say is all the rage.

Disadvantages:

* Much shorter battery life. All those apps take a toll.

* Need the owner’s manual to figure some of this stuff out. Although once you learn the basics it’s pretty intuitive. Figured out how to turn on wi-fi all by myself!

* All this Internet access can get expensive in a hurry.

Antiques (hit the) Road Show

Hurry, hurry, step right up, see the amazing old manual typewriter. It’s a genuine Underwood, with keys you pound mercilessly to make type appear on a page! See the old metal riding toys: A Tru-matic bulldozer and a locomotive. These babies survived at least three generations of abuse at the hands of hyperactive boys, so you know they’re tough! The lighting in my basement “studio” is a little odd, so the colors on the locomotive and bulldozer are a tad off. The train engine is a darkish red with a black bonnet/seat and faded turquoise steering handle. The bulldozer is orange with a blue seat and some “custom” modifications in the paint: Somebody drew a “grille” on the front.

These are posted on eBay if you’re interested in adding them to your collection of antiques. That is if you collect antiques. See where it says “Click on this photo” just beneath the photo? That’s your cue to make a bid on these ridiculous and utterly unnecessary items for your burgeoning antiques collection! C’mon, you’ve been telling yourself you need a hobby. Here it is: Antiques. Soon you’ll be cruising consignment shops and spending afternoons touring the countryside in search of estate sales. Your name will be all over eBay.

 

Sold!

Click on this photo to view item on eBay.

Sold!

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Side view of the choo-choo.

Plastic purple fish not included. Although we could negotiate a price ...

Sold!

Click on this photo to view item on eBay.

Yup, it's a gen-yoo-wine Tru-matic from Mount Vernon, New York!

I also have a very nice Royal typewriter that is in excellent condition. I’m not inclined to sell it, because it’s kind of a reminder of my early days as would-be cub reporter. And now the underemployed journalista. But for the right price, I could be persuaded to reconsider selling it.