Sunday, August 26, 2012

Do You Sometimes Get The Feeling The Path You're Following Is The Wrong One?

- Or -

Labor Pains in the Birth of a Thrift Store

Tropical Storm (soon to be hurricane) Isaac.

If I were a superstitious man, I might start thinking "Hey, what's going on here?"

Wonder Woman and I have been planning this Thrift Store / Dave's MidCentury Stuff retail location in a big way since the beginning of July. Let's see what's happened since then.

July 4th - Dave takes an emergency trip to the hospital to get stuff fixed that he knew was going to have to get fixed sooner or later anyway. Getting old sucks. Dave out of the loop for about 10 days.

Aug 10th - Stuff installed in July to fix Dave fails. Two more weeks in hospital. This time no laparoscopic or minimally invasive technique. Regular old sharp knife - big incision - lots of healing time. Getting old really sucks. A lot. Dave out of loop for about 13 days, and then stuck in bed healing for a couple more weeks.

Aug 26th - Tropical Storm Isaac sits about 240 miles SE of me as I write this. It is threatening to become a hurricane as it draws nearer to Key West. Once it passes Key West and starts moving NW up along the west coast of Florida (where we live) it might very well become a category 2 hurricane. It's going to be off our section of the FL coast at around midnight tonight. Yeah, thanks for that. Midnight.

Add to this the fact that even though we've had possession of the leased building since August 1, we really can't start setting up because of improvements that the building owner has promised but not yet delivered.

Man, I can't wait until this baby pops it's big fat thrift store head out from between our (the continuation of this metaphor could get weird. I'm going to just move on) and we can begin to plan for its first birthday party.

We'll be right back with . . . more stuff.


  1. haha I think you stopped with that metaphor in the nick of time. Seriously, you've had more of "that stuff that happens" than anybody should have to put up with in such a short period of time. Here's hoping you've mended and that no hurricane hits you and that the owner gets off his arse and makes the repairs to the building so you can get this show on the road.

  2. I can appeciate you trying to get started. It's hard enough to get a small business running without any problems. I'm hoping this particular storm stays well away from Tampa as I have way to many "at risk" trees in my yard that I don't have the funds to remove! Wish you well on your new venture and may have to take a road trip and say hello in person! I'll be following along...

  3. keep up ur hard work...soon the baby will be grown...and u will be sitting in your mid century rocker havin a cup of joe....good stuff in ur writing too