Great news—we've reached Goal #3 in the Print Sale / capital campaign!! I'm very excited about this and have already started shopping for flat files and sketching ideas for new cabinets and a table.
Also in the good news column, the sacrificial Miata was sold for the good of the cause on Thursday—to a TOP reader from New Hampshire named Larry G. He's sending a car transport firm to pick it up. I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute I owned that car—it was great fun and I'm very glad I got to experience it for three years. I loved the thing. I think Larry will be happy if he enjoys it half as much. (I'm not sure yet just how much I'm going to miss it yet. I hope not too much.) Next on the block—the D800 and 58mm ƒ/1.4 lens. Those will go on Ebay. Sandy R. is interested in the whole plate camera again, too. We go through this every so often. Maybe he likes to think about it more than he actually wants to buy it, and if so, I totally get that.
My friend Art Elkon, office manager for Culver Brands, passed along a tip about a good place to buy good ergonomic office chairs for less. Thanks Art.
Ctein wouldn't let me whine about this before, which was no doubt good advice, but I wanted to tell you about the desk I've been using for years. (Reason: it amuses me.) I almost take a sort of pride in how awful it is. Well, maybe "pride" isn't the right word. It's a hulking goverment surplus desk from at least the 1950s—more likely the '40s. I bought it from a junk dealer in Woodstock, Illinois, who had refinished half of it...and therefore offered it to me for half price! Which makes me laugh right there. Would you buy a meal in a restaurant that was half cooked if you could get it for half price? Such a deal. I guess I could have refinished the rest of it myself. Theoretically.
On one side you open the cabinet and behind it is a sturdy tray on a mechanism of articulated metal arms and heavy springs. Tug on the handle, and the tray pops out and up with surprising speed and force—it's a typewriter caddy, and it was meant to have a typewriter on it acting as a counterweight. A big, heavy typewriter. The stylish 1940s secretary could type when she needed to and then put the typewriter neatly away. Of course, now, the Rube Goldberg typewriter caddy makes half the desk more or less useless, because there's absolutely nothing to use the pop-out typewriter tray for. Except, possibly, launching small children a few feet into the air (those springs are strong). It's been a while since I needed a typewriter.
On the other side there's a slide-out writing surface with a tattered 1961 calendar stuck on it.
The typewriter that went with this desk probably looked something like this:
Those suckers were built to last till about...now. Like the desk.
I've modified it further—it has a power strip screwed to the back of the desktop, and I've nailed a board to the right hand side as a place to put my preamp, from which I control my computer sound, including music. (Listening to music as loud as you want to is one of the primary advantages of working at home.)
I will say one thing for this gross old desk—it is built like the proverbial brick outhouse. I'm going to need a lot of help to get it out to the curb for pickup. I'll take a picture of it by the curb so that those of you who contributed to this project can see the extent of the improvement you're enabling. :-) I am greatly looking forward to replacing the Hulk.
As happy as I am at the thought of being able to remodel, it would be better still if I just had a little more room. More space would just make things easier and much more effective.
On to Goal #4! Anybody need a D800?
I'll write about the pictures in the sale today or tomorrow. Lots of stuff going on today...which I will get to in a moment.
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toto: "Another option would be to save the money and pool it with money from subsequent fundraisers in order to buy the house across the street."
Mike replies: A good idea. After we started this sale we heard from a reader who is a professional fundraiser working at a high level. He did say that most fundraisers are not one-shot but multi-part, and that there's nothing wrong with having several facets to it. Gonna put my thinking cap on about that.
Jim Witkowski: "Had I known the type of desk you were using earlier, I would have recommended one of these."
Mike replies: That's hilarious. I especially like their tagline, "A groundbreaking advancement in the field of obsolescence!" Maybe they're the ones who should make the digital conversions for old mechanical cameras that the Internet has been begging for for the last 20 years. (<—Note: a group that doesn't include me).