Sunday, January 25, 2015

VHS to digital

Happy post holiday!  Yes, Christmas and New Years were great and it was nice to have 2 of the 3 kids back from college (the other is in high school and also home).  Early in December, I had my epiphany – if I scrambled, I could burn all those VHS tapes (mostly of my kids from baby to 6 or so) onto DVD and give them as Christmas gifts.  Further, I was scanning the Craig’s list electronics items and I found a new listing for a DVD recorder from a seller in my home town which I scrambled and purchased.  Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of those situations where haste made waste.  In my excitement, I didn’t do any research on the specific DVD recorder nor did I research and consider the best way to convert my cherished memories to a modern format.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Unclogging a plugged ear

Yup, you read that title right.  This week's post is about unclogging a plugged ear.  Yes, I understand that I should if I want to build my blog I should do the "right" thing and search Google for trending buzz words - perhaps write about extremist fundamentalists or push e-commerce by hawking some product, but MTQ the blog that provided vital information on how to select the best dog poop bag is here to rescue you when you have a plugged ear...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In praise of the old fashioned heart attack

Mick the Wonder dog has passed the 16 year mark and he spends most of his time sleeping.  He still wakes occasionally and watches me with his big brown eyes and occasionally he'll even run a lap around the house after a good poop.  Despite these occasional glimmers of life, it is clear that Mick's in his twilight years and while I'm in no way in a hurry for the end to come when it does come I'm hoping that its fast.  Like many pets, Mick is a member of the family.  He adds his personality - a touch of stubbornness that's very much in line with other family members and a touch of mischievousness now and then to let you know he's a real dog.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Craig's List versus ebay: an illustration

As may be reflected my former posts, I use Craig's List on a regular basis.  It's been a great way to clear my house of some debris and I have also benefited by identifying new debris to accumulate.  Of late, I've been watching the posts for a snow blower.  I was able to purchase a used one recently to replace my non-working snow blower, but am considering a second for both back up and perhaps lighter snowfalls.

Most recently, I was attracted to a listing for a Toro – great brand and great reviews.  The ad indicated that the machine was about 3 years old, works great and that the seller had originally purchased blower for a little over $600.  The seller was asking $390.  What made the ad more interesting was that the seller indicated that the reason for selling was that he was moving from beautiful upstate New York to somewhere in Georgia in 30 days and the ad was identified as being posted for 22 days or so.  I thought that unless there was a major storm on the near horizon, the seller was a bit high in his asking price.  In fairness, used snow blowers are difficult to price – they're hot when its cold (specifically snowing) and they're cold when the weather is hot.  Regardless, this seller was pricing his machine a distance from where I envisioned a good price would be for this machine so thinking I had nothing to lose, I sent the seller an email stating, “if you run out of time, I'd be interested at $200.”