Monday, August 31, 2009
Giving Dad Some Props
My father wasn't always a mess and he does have some good qualities. Or he did, anyway.
One of the most important lessons he ever taught me as a child was how to shop for groceries; explaining how to read and interpret the 'unit price', ingredient listings and nutritional labels , all of which were new when I was a child. That might not sound like much, but it has saved me countless dollars over my lifetime.
He also has a keen eye for antiques. Unfortunately, he is too wasted to open his wreck of a 'shoppe' for business and you can't sell anything if you never unbolt the door...he's paying rent on a cottage somewhere...a total waste of money.
But coming back to his antiquing skills- he told me to put the tin on eBay, so I did. I was amazed at the response.
I once sold a great deal of my own things on eBay and I consider myself pretty good at it, but I put the item above on-line and had a triple-digit bid within three hours! My mailbox is filling up with people asking me "what I'll take"...wow. I wish Dad could stay sober long enough to round up more stuff like this.
Maybe he'll black-out and forget that he gave it to me and I won't have to give him his half, but it would be better in the long run if he simply sobered up and started antiquing again.
On a different note, that is a Red Indian Tobacco lunchbox...can you imagine giving kids a 'Marlboro' lunchbox these days?
Or a 10-year old boy with a mySpace featuring a photo of him holding a gun to his head?