Posted on Jul 02, 2013 by
Greetings from Calgary, the place with the weirdest weather in the world. July and August were not ideal summer months, cool and damp. Today is the first day of Autumn and it was 29C. Tomorrow the project high is 31C. Sunday the project high is 12C. From shorts to jackets almost overnight. Can you all say welcome to the flu?
Anyway, to the point of the note.
My wife was a travel agent for 20+ years and in the old days, we got really good travel deals (return trip to Hong Kong from Calgary $199) so we traveled quite a bit. When we travel, we like to purchase artwork (paintings, sculptures, carvings, etc) rather than the t-shirts and hats (OK OK I have several t-shirts). Now that we are retired, we still travel a lot and still like to purchase mementoes that we consider to be art. You`d think we`d learn but I guess we aren`t that bright.
We are empty nesters, and have been for a few years and are planning to downsize.
All of a sudden, the treasures we purchased in far away lands aren`t so desirable. A lot of them are in boxes in the basement. I don`t think they are candidates for our garage sale but we will try. Our kids sure as h*** don`t what them, they made that perfectly clear. I don`t see them as donations to a seniors residence like all my old paperbacks (I may be able to read my own books again in a few years when I am a resident. by then I will not remember ever reading them). E-bay? Not likely.
So , what to do with the treasures?
If you would like a jade ship from mainland China, let me know.
I have a huge scale model of the Blue Nose from Nova Scotia.
Carved masks from Africa look really nice on the wall.
A wooden carving (quite rude actually) of a fertility god from someplace, I actually forget where.
My advice, take pictures, they only take up disk space and it is cheap these days. ..buy the t-shirts, they wear out.
Good bye from Calgary, I am going to watch the ISS speed over head.