I fretted for ages about this yard sale I was having yesterday – –
possibly the most humiliating thing ever as it also included an invitation to poke around in my basement for treasures, which I can best describe as similar to having someone root around in your underwear drawer – –
(there is also this whole additional story about how i misposted the thing on Craig’s List, but – with the assistance of some lovely friends of the parents of a former student – that got all sorted out. that is the advantage of living in the place I do, and knowing the people i know. i do not undervalue this reality. it is very comforting.)
the early visitors were folks who probably run booths at flea markets or what-have-you – – – I sold four pickup trucks worth of furniture in under an hour.
My earliest customer – Norma, a sixty-something-ish woman with that distinctive way of holding her handbag TIGHT under her right armpit, showed up, looked around, sized up my prices – and then promptly called her husband to come with a trailer.
I am possibly more impressed with post-menopausal women who can call up men and make them appear to do their bidding than I am at younger women who can get men to pick up their children from school.
I did love Norma – and she and John were here for nearly an hour – cleaning out my basement of table saws, chafing dishes, lawnmowers, power tools, bureaus, tables, chairs, African art, and shelves.
In the end, Norma untucked her “mad money” from her ancient and much-loved wallet of worn red leather (I always have me some mad money tucked away, she confided), put down her Regulation Handbag, and embraced me. Hard.
She said, Honey, You will be okay.
I needed that.
Anyway, yes, I probably could’ve made more money, but I was racing a storm front and I was desperate to get all this shit out of my life. My gross net of $462 is even more impressive if you consider I didn’t price anything over $10 and gave away most of the things.
(I am a big fan of Free with Purchase.)
I was actually just getting ready to post an update on AB – who finally got off the porch swing – – but.
Okay, here is the uber-short version – as a Taurus soul given to the need for immediate gratification and pretty much sucking at being paced by others, last week, I was driven to finally take the bull by the horns – –
and so I said, in the direct, bovine way for which I am noted:
Um, so, this is a little awkward – – and I want you to know that I am super-okay with ambiguity – – I am probably the BEST ambiguity- friendly American you know – – but I’m just off the bench and a little bit vulnerable, so just let me know: do you find me AT ALL attractive?
This being the Show Me state, I was naked about12 minutes later.
So that was okay.
But, there are Other Things to Tell.
They will take a long time and – did I mention? – Luxury Ho has some other things to do today.
I’m not getting paid for this, friends.
Okay, okay, here is a very abbreviated version:
and AB is Squidward.