18 thoughts on “Wednesday, May 3, 2023

  1. Uh oh! Looks like my post didn’t make the cut off yesterday. Does anyone know what time the cutoff is to get a post in for the day? Or do some just not make it to the page? I see the time difference between me and OTP is seven hours or so…where’s home base for this blog? I see Mike in Virginia, but Virginia is only three hours ahead of me …

    Also: Thanks Xicano for the welcome! Arguments happen. I think I caught the tail end of the last one on here. They won’t deter me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Jackie, It looks like your page didn’t come through yesterday. I see that you tried to upload one but the entry is blank. I usually look for those but I missed this one. Please upload it again and I’ll post it tomorrow.

      I usually post between 8:30 and 10:00 EDT unless I have to go somewhere early. This Saturday I will probably post very early if I can.

      1. Okay, thanks Mike! I did submit a different one today, but I’ll go ahead and submit yesterday’s tomorrow.

  2. I’m in California like you are, Jackie, and I generally send my posts before midnight, but have made the cut as late as 6:00 a.m. on the day. Daniel M. tends to post between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. PST; Mike a bit earlier. People being people, sometimes posts simply get lost in the shuffle, but then get posted when found.

    1. Thanks for the intel. I sent in the early evening so it must have just been missed. No worries!

  3. Tori: I had a long spell of unemployment in the early 90s in the UK, and answered an ad asking for bilinguals for interpreting jobs. There was a short course, which was really just a couple of lectures. I had to learn the name for every body part in Spanish and English, to translate for refugees who had been tortured in their countries. There were big offices in the West End of London, new furnishings, nothing to suggest that they wouldn’t give me work after I forked over a couple of hundred, which was like a couple of thousand back then.

    But the phone never rang.

    Soon, the office didn’t reply to my calls.

    I went to the office: it was gone, just empty rooms.

    I looked at my certificate saying I was a qualified interpreter, and the paper they’d used, for some kind of company number. I was still not computer literate. And all the other people who were there on the same days as me, at least fifty people on those particular days, had also been conned. It won’t happen again!

    The next course I did (which led to credit card debt) qualified me as a teacher of English as a foreign language, even though I didn’t have a degree – they gave me an extra test, instead, and I can put genuine capital letters after my name. I was forty by then, but it’s not bad for a school drop-out.

    As you say, and in this kind of economic climate, jobseekers get fleeced all the time, and the Internet makes it easier than ever.

    Good luck with your jobhunting!

    1. Leo: Yep, that’s exactly what is going on. The con you described is basically still the same but the scammers are tech-savvy and even more heartless (if that’s even possible). I’m sorry that happened to you. Even though much time has passed it doesn’t take the sting out of the experience.

  4. Ye with the typewriter spreadsheet (and everybody else): Because I’m new, I just read the best of OTP 2022, in which your post from December is shared and you state that you have a collection of 45 typewriters. Today, you state 70, sans 17 that you have given away or sold, leaving you with (by my calculations) 53 typewriters. This is around an increase of 8 or so machines in the last four or so months. Impressive! I am not a collector (yet!), in fact I only own the one typewriter I bought, off of eBay, in the last couple weeks. However, I’ve had my eyes open for quite some time and I must live in a typewriter desert because I never, NEVER, come across them anywhere. It is beyond frustrating. Any tips for just getting exposure…. are you hunting garage sales, estate sales…. what? I don’t live in a very populous area which may be the real problem, but you’d think I’d see one at least once in a while.

    1. Jackie, granted the risks inherent in finding a typewriter online (primarily the potential for shipping damage due to improper padding, etc.), I’ve had extraordinary luck finding gems. Some people prefer eBay; Goodwill has been my secret sauce. Etsy tends to be overpriced, but the free market decides.

      1. Ah, yes! LaDonna mentioned Goodwill in yesterday’s post, so I did take a peek there – rather impressive and it looks like there are still deals to be had which my shallow pockets dictate is a must.

  5. Jackie, Typewriters in the wild are getting more and more difficult to find although I have found them at yard, garage, and estate sales, thrift shops, and Craigslist. FB Marketplace may be ok, but mot people won’t know how to properly pack a typewriter for shiping.

    Tori, I read Cal’s book It is quite good.

    Put an eagle emblem from an Adler J4 on that Triumph and it’ll look like a J4. They’re both fine typers.

    1. Typewriters in the wild … love that! It’s people like me that are doing it, dang us! The typewriter renaissance is a double-edged sword. Good to keep ’em alive, bad for scoring deals! Sorry, not sorry ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Bill, have you also read Digital Minimalism by the same author? I suspect many of us here on OTP highly value the digital minimalism philosophy and the concept of being intentional about where our attention goes.

  6. Jackie, The app. OfferUp is where I have found some of my 45 or so typers(in the wilds, lol) including this late 50’s or early 60’s curvy Hermes 3000 ๐Ÿ˜Š. I like local pickups cuz I’ve had sum bad experiences with eBay shipping๐Ÿคท๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ. I’m trying to stop with the typer hoarding though…I have a problem ๐Ÿ˜‚. They’re just so damn cool I think! And sum need to be rescued, Lol. I swear I’m not buying another one๐Ÿคž๐Ÿพ….soon.

  7. Jackie, I get most of my machines now from Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree, because I find them the cheapest there. The stats are : FB marketplace 16, Gumtree 21, eBay 27, auction house (online) 4, Word of mouth 2. Note that I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m certain that different parts of the world have different densities of typewriters for sale. Sydney seems to be a pretty rich source of them, I’d say, and a fair variety of brands and models too. I have gone to a few op-shops and open air markets, but found very little there of interest so I would not recommend that way. I have developed some skills, and accumulated some tools and materials, to make basic repairs on machines. This enables me to take on some machines that otherwise would be very frustrating to own, and for cheaper. I get a lot of pleasure in making a machine work that otherwise might have been destined for landfill. Often a good clean is all they need, so well built were they in those times. Other times rubber has degraded in some way – rollers and feet etc. Animal based lubricants dry up with time and harden and get sticky. Anyway, if you can make some basic repairs, or know someone who can, it does open up your options somewhat. I do not NEED any more typewriters! However, I just can’t resist a machine, that I know is well made, for the price of a burger and chips. They bring me a lot of joy – cleaning/fixing them and then using them.

  8. Roger, I just got a remote part time job as a property and casualty adjuster for a small office in Cabot, AK. It pays more than poetry; but the hours are good.

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