Be careful using a local auction house. 1) Two in my area charge a commission of 40%!! 2) I recently bought a lot where the auction house just lumped models together from an estate without doing any research. One lot of 20 (costing me a little over $3/ea) yielded a sealed Jo-Han Maverick and another lot of 40 built (costing me less than $2/each) yielded a 70 MPC Cyclone and a 74 Impala.
I've been waiting two plus months DD214 (military discharge paperwork) from the VA to see if my father qualifies for a veteran's nursing home. In digging through his files I actually found it! He enlisted right out of high school in 1955 (four months too late to qualify under Korea) and was discharged in 1963 (six months too soon to qualify under Vietnam). Although he has proof of deployment in Berlin during construction of the Wall, that doesn't count as 'hostile' territory.
My father has dementia and needs to be in a memory care unit
My oldest son was in the 3rd or 4th grade and I was an assistant coach in what was a little league for basketball. They played an away game at a city where they took it much more serious than we did. They were running the score up on us and my kids were not having fun......until I pulled our team over and told them "you get five fouls....go use four!" Those fast breaks, run-n-gun and fancy lay ups stopped pretty quickly when bodies started flying.
No one got hurt and now eight years later my wife still gives me grief over it. My sons friends still laugh about it.
I was in the KHL terminal of the Detroit airport when they came on the speaker asking for volunteers to be bumped as the flight to England was overbooked and overweight! Say whaaaaatttt??? I had to call the wife and waited for the announcement to repeat as I wanted a witness to this one. If I was to be on that plane, I would have preferred just knowing 'overbooked'....didn't need to know the second part of that announcement!
I make the occasional pilgrimage to the only small hobby store in the area, but they are 90% trains. Otherwise, I buy at shows or off the internet.
Why? Because the Big Box store check out is the only employee interaction I've had during the entire trip! No, I don't have your frequent shopper card No, I don't want to sign up for it or to be on your mailing list No, I'm not in your system and I will not give you my phone number No, I don't want to donate a dollar to whatever cause you believe in this week No, I don't need batteries for my purchase today since I bought a Hot Wheel and a video game No, I won't be putting this on my store name credit card (I have this weird thing called C-A-S-H) I'd just like to make my purchase and get outta here!!!
After a two hour drive to the Kentuckiana Model Car Club contest/swap meet in Louisville this morning, I'm greeted by a neon green that says the show has been cancelled. I presumed it was still a go as the flyers were available just a few weeks ago at the show outside Indy.