8. June 2011
Well, a week has passed in the Big Apple and there isn't too much to report except that we are slowly making progress on cleaning out 56 years of accumulated granny stuff.
Our days are spent slowly sifting through the 5+ decades worth of stuff one accumulates from living in the same place for all that time.
About every 15 minutes I remind myself how glad I am that Amy and I live on a sailboat and therefore we are immune to the "collect-it-stuff-itis" that seems to afflict the rest of the known world.
The weasels are a big help as you can imagine. They spend their time equally between playing in the ever present black trash bag and trying to climb out the window over the air conditioner and onto the fire escape to go rat hunting in Brooklyn. I hear thats big sport in these parts.
There have been a number of interesting finds while we've been cleaning. Amy found several Hummel porcelain pieces that may range in value from $400 to $4000 dollars depending on who you ask and I found a circa 1957 collapsible ladies fan complete in it's original box with the winning slogan "Be cool and be gay".
I suspect the 1957 date is authentic and perhaps the slogan had a subtly different meaning in it's day, but I could be wrong as I believe it's possible that all New Yorker's may in fact be aliens.
Anyhow, in the evenings, we've taken to walking in various directions and exploring what Brooklyn has to offer. I guess it's nice enough, but I fear it's not really for me. Amy on the other hand, loves it and she has braved public transportation on several occasions to visit the museums in Manhattan.
As an aside, long time readers will remember my deep seeded phobia of public transportaion after my encounter with the faceless person in Vero Beach and so it goes without saying that I have yet to work up the courage to try again here in New York.
This afternoon I am heading down to Maryland to pick up my brother's truck and then return to New York tomorrow to load up the boxes of stuff to be saved. My dad and brother-in-law will be riding along to help with the moving of heavy stuff.
More to follow, end of line....