Saturday, August 23, 2014

August 23 - When it Rains, it Pours...

Henceforth to be known as the Selectric Tsunami of 2014...

We pick them up in 20 minutes. I am still trying to recover from the shock.


  1. Wow! That's a pretty valuable gift, assuming you can get them into good working order.

    1. Yes, amazing. I told the boys as we were pulling up, that the circumstances of these machines told me a lot about the people giving them away. 1. A business, 2. They were taking up space, 3. Been trying to give them away for almost a month without success .... Lesser folks would have thrown them away, but these people clearly saw the value of them. Sure enough, the gentleman echoed those very words to us, and I expressed my sincere gratitude from the type-o-sphere that they did not throw them away.
      There were 2 selectric IIIs, both in need of repairs. 4 Selectric IIs - a couple in nearly flawless functional state, and 1. Selectric Personal.
      Most of the machines had quotes and or repair invoices in them. o.O they were paying a lot of money to have them serviced ... Let's just say >$300 a pop. I will make them a pretty good deal on labor. :-)

  2. Ahhhhhhh the selectric love continues!

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    1. I'm not Irish, but maybe someone rubbed off on me? :-)

  4. The circumstances of this whole thing, are quite amazing. Just before dinner Friday, I was moving some things around in the basement and quite inadvertently dropped one of our good Selectric IIIs - it was bad. The right power frame fractured completely through on the right side, and in my sorrowful state, I had just picked up my phone and started looking for parts machines, and I saw that Ad for the first time.
    It said it had been listed for 21 days. No way.
    The rest is history ... But the conversation with the owner was great. It's a land title company, and they still have 5 or 6 machines in service. He wants to talk to me about servicing them in the near future. :-) obviously, he gets a spectacular discount. :-)
    He said that back in the 70's they had a room full of them, and all the women typists smoked - so it was like a war going on - tons of smoke, and with the constant drone of the Selectrics whirring and clacking away, it was quite a thing to see and hear, he said.
    Today they use the machines to fix incomplete paperwork, largely.
    He also said that I was the first person to respond, and that he had re-listed it a number of times. Goosebumps. It was meant to be. :-)

  5. That's awesome. Guess I know how you'll be spending your 2014-2015.