Sunday, November 10, 2019

So how much does this route make anyway?

When I get this question from potential buyers on eBay,
I tell them that the route of 10 machines averages approx $100 a month.
I never hear back from them.
Should I ever hear back from anyone, I will explain exactly what I mean.
I would remind them that this is a tiny route, especially compared to a business
route of 100 machines, which is still small.
I would explain that it is a route for beginners, students, or well-off seniors looking
to stay busy or involved with its charity.
The expense is in purchasing the machines and locating them.
After that, it's reliable income whose amount is determined by the driver.
Since I could talk about vending all day long, that's as much as I say.
So there.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

This Day in History

One World Trade Center officially opens in Manhattan on November 3, 2014. The new tower, along with the rest of the World Trade Center complex, replaced the Twin Towers and surrounding complex, which were destroyed by terrorist attacks on Sept 11, 2001. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Tornados are weird!

It's the calm after the storm.
Tornado touched down a few miles from here.
Virtually out of nowhere.
Sirens went off, it hit, then was gone.

Middle of the day

Saturday, October 19, 2019

One-time gig

The new gig-economy fits me just fine!
I went to a new address knowing only that I would be merchandising in a warehouse, no heavy lifting.
Turns out, it's a professional vending company..! Huge accounts.
I felt right at home, and immediately got to work organizing as much as I could.
I was humming along, literally!
Happy to be working, pleased to be around fun people that are in the same field.
It was a one-time assignment, so I'm on to the next thing, and hope luck holds out..!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Big Tex!

Texas State Fair Weekend.
Classic, country, and fun..!

Colorful Children's Aquarium

Little Tex

Big Tex

Illumination Station
I tried out one of the Infinity massage chairs for free.
It was great! Videos of lakes and rivers on giant wall screens while stretching.
So relaxing, didn't think to take pics, sorry!
Then I tried out foam mattresses with adjustable power bases for free.
I didn't get to try it out, but viewed walk-in tubs, showers, and got to dream about remodeling my future home that my vending route is going to afford me one day.
I say this every year.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

New Honor Boxes

These are the new Honor/Charity boxes, and they're awesome.
Much easier for me to deal with, still with donations for HSUS, the Humane Society,
and much more effective donations show up for these boxes.
Will post these on the Machine Pics tab as well.
I would like to donate to Best Friends on a regular basis, but HSUS makes it
really easy to do without interruptions of any sort. 

I donated regularly to the Wildlife Waystation in Angeles Forest, and always
wondered how they would last.
With the destructive fires in California, the most recent one proved too much,
and they are closing down, moving the animals to various sanctuaries around
the country. Martine, the founder, stated that no animals would be euthanized.
I pray for them regularly.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Christian car salespeople

I just interviewed for a car sales job.
The reason I accepted it was because they promised to help people keep their cars from the repo guys.
They don't.
They help people from getting bad credit.

When people are bad with money, they can rarely be saved from themselves.
I didn't find anything wrong during the orientation.
What bothered me was that they had one word in their Title.
Christians. Christian car salespeople. Lol.

Of course there are Christians from all walks of life!
U gotta do what u gotta do to make a living.

But when anyone puts out there that they are Christian,
I hold it to a higher standard, and I agreed with everything
they were saying, learned a lot, and it was awesome!
But that word, Christian, was out there front and center,
before anything else.

It bothered me too much.
They cared too much about buying cars.
That word, Christian, shouldn't have been in front.
It should have been in a sub-heading like the after-thought that it was.

Other than that, I have nothing bad to say about that company.
They weren't feeding thousands of people from a loaf of bread,
they were buying up cars at discounts for pete's sake. Sheesh...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Before the Golden Age

Short Stories collected by Isaac Asimov.
Over 900 pages.
Amazing book, still in great shape.
These stories were collected and put together by Mr. Asimov from when he was a kid and he would read science fiction magazines such as Amazing Stories and others.

Remembering that not only were these original stories written in the 1930s, before cell phones, before computers, before reaching the moon, but they were collected and assembled decades later into a book before all that as well.

And yet, these stories read almost exactly like episodes of the Star Trek TV series!
Only the names were different, but the descriptions were almost identical.

Instead of phasers, they were called guns-that-shot-beams.
Instead of monitor screens, they were called visiports,
and instead of computers, the robots conversed and computed in spaceships that were even more slick and quiet than the Enterprise.

On a planet with atmosphere, the spaceships ran on energy collected from air.
The only story that was so annoying that I couldn't even finish reading it, was a story about the moon.

The general public at the time still wasn't convinced the moon wasn't made of green cheese, and
astronauts had not brought back moon rocks.
Even keeping that in mind, reading a love story about the moon that was covered in a thin film of light green moss was too annoying. Too much fiction away from any science I guess.

One story about Mars had beings on it that hadn't been seen by earth's telescopes because the beings lived in canals behind cliffs, which was amusing, but the atmosphere was described as red, windy, and cold and was believable and intriguing.

I can't wait to put it up for sale to hopefully share with someone.
I'm only on page 700, so might be a little while.

And yes, barring inclement weather, I am visiting my bulk vending route Monday.
I will be happy to get back on the road after a very rough and trouble Friday 13th.
Was bad. All too eager to get back to work.
 All the best,

Saturday, September 7, 2019

This site transitioning to books

Books are so much more interesting, don't u think?
I originally opened my book-room when came into being
around November, 2000.
Since then, I have travelled all over the country.
I have left behind some beautiful books, sold most of them, read
and donated others.
Yet I have kept my book-room, even when moved into eBay.
Still here...