I flew in from Boston this morning–by way of Providence–with no delays. I think it is the first time thus far that I haven’t has some sort of wait in the gate or on the tarmack in 6 weeks.
There is a syroco indian just listed on ebay. Already at its reserve, it is a great looking piece. Oh yes, another Strait patent is listed–with an opening bid of 600 bucks.
No one was there to talk to, so we wandered around, had breakfast, and then went to customer service. "There is a mechanical issue," was the answer. We finished out coffee and assumed they would put me on another flight. Well, it gets to be close to the time for takeoff and I go to talk to the people at the gate. Only passengers who are making connections in Chicago will be given standby status, as all of the other Chicago flights are over sold. And, our 8 o’clock flight will be given an 11:00 decision. This all makes no sense to me, but it is par for the course.
I made a few phone calls, kissed the lovely bride–who managed to get on her flight–and rebooked myself to Washington DC where I could then catch a flight to Chicago. Just before boarding, I checked back with the Chicago flight to see if there had been any changes. At that point, a 1:00 decision was the forecast–I have always wanted to have lunch at Dulles (read sarcasm here).
I did finally make it back to Chicago. Hopped in the Mini, and headed to our place by Wrigley Field–which is for sale if any of you are so inclined.
No corkscrew stories to mention, except that the guy who won my strait patent has yet to contact me, email me, or send payment–3 weeks late (grrrrrrr!). Lots of syroco’s online currently –two clowns, a monk, a knight, and several others. Odd that they turn up all at once…
On the lighter side, below you will see a picture of the glorious view from my plane ride(s) yesterday.
It is supposed to snow in Chicago today; looks like the golf season is over. Damn damn damn!
I leave for Boston tomorrow for the weekend, hopefully in between painting and painting, I can get out to an antique mall or two.
Much has happened over the last couple of weeks; commuting back and forth to Boston allows for the occasional corkscrew hunt, but our house there is coming together. Hardwood floors were finished last week, and this week I will start working on the bedrooms.
There is an interesting non-corkscrew phenomenon going on on eBay over the last few days. On last thursday the official sequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan was released–now many of you would be saying–JM Barrie died a long time ago how did this happen. It seems that the hospital to whom Barrie donated the rights to Peter Pan did a 100 author search and decided on Geraldine McCaughrean. And, finally the book is out "Peter Pan in Scarlet." Now, one would wonder why this would cause a stir on eBay. Well, it seems that there are only 1500 copies that were signed as the first edition; and, these numbered books hit ebay on Thursday with a buy it now of about 19.99 gbp. Today, the same book is listed for 225 gbp. Obviously there will be other printings, but they are just shooting up in price
I know, it isn’t corkscrews, but it is interesting …. Speaking of corkscrews, I lost out on a Nylin patent yesterday. Each one I have had in the past is missing something…this one was complete, and my bid was surpassed quickly. Oh well…