“Also, I heard you yelled at one of our folks this morning.” I nearly got shot after not following one of the 10 Bullets. My phone call was taken out of context and someone wanted me, me specifically, to get in trouble. After explaining the context, apologizing for the concern, I began sniffing out the rat, as one does subconsciously, whether pious or petty; even decent people. After about a day, I found that rat, alright.
In our final entry into this 6-part series about the fate of an Amiga I once owned, let’s consider some aspects of morality. For someone with close to seven years of sobriety, where I take sobriety as meaning being honest with myself and others, how does that apply to selling? How does that apply to the idea of keeping my word to one prospective buyer but having another come along with a more exciting price?
Can we draw inspiration from disparate media? Can the pillow shots of Ozu Yasujiro inspire anime? Can the descriptive-epithets of Homer and the makura-kotoba [pillow-words] of waka poetry inspire anime? Can we depict that which is invisible, like wind, by that which is around it? Can impressive background art inspire writing? We’ll meander through these questions and more in this week’s review of last week’s episode of the currently airing Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!.
In the 5th part of this essay series, outlining selling an Amiga Commodore A500, let’s use this introductory space to narratively flashback before we jump ahead. Throughout these essays, I’ve covered: deciding to sell this retro computer, the importance of clean photography, being physically fit enough to sell, and thoughts on posting ads online. I had eight prospective buyers reach out offering to buy and I had to decide between first-responder “Ben” and high-baller “Dan.”
In life, we often want it all, whether it’s seeing our favorite bands live, enjoying every second of every minute of every day, or whether it’s living an idealized lifestyle. The problem with that is sometimes we can’t see our favorite bands live. What if Clutch and Sabaton perform on the same evening? We don’t like being decisive in life because that means we have to make the hard decisions. Sometimes, simple answers guide us.
Within minutes of posting this Amiga, I had a responder, which was a future problem. “Ben” was interested. He would drive across town to pick up the computer. I was so ecstatic to get any offer that I agreed. Others then started reaching out with their interest and offers. One person was also willing to drive across town, but since I had promised it to “Ben,” I told this anonymous other it was already sold…
The headache felt like a heartbeat with some engine pangs. I’m not sure that the minor hike there and back caused it, because I felt fine up until I went to row. That’s where the knocking sensations came in, during the first minute of my set, no less. After that, things called down, then I woke up with a tension headache. It could’ve been the dry weather, or maybe something worse? I don’t yet know.
When you sell something, you have to be physically prepared for anything that goes your way. There’s no running portion of the buying/selling transaction, however in case things get dicey, you should know your escape routes. I bought a retro computer from someone and his wife had cautioned him about selling, to which he told her that if things got dicey, he’d just let the buyer [me] have it and run. Didn’t happen; coulda happened.
I’m sorting through excessive sixteen-year-old mail from when I was applying to various colleges nationwide. One letter seemed like a brilliant opportunity, except, it wasn’t. There otherwise isn’t a point in keeping any of these. As I’ve set about recycling them, I’ve been tearing my name and address from each. The information may seem innocuous, however, having just taken exams professionally for GDPR and CCPA, it’s always relevant to downsize while keeping personal information secure.
Always know the entire market value what you’re selling. For this A500, I thought I knew its value based on my quick research of internet prices, so in a hurry, I posted it to multiple selling platforms with all the photos you’ll see throughout this 6-part series. If you’re feeling at all lonely, post something expensive at a cheap price, because then you’ll suddenly be the best friend of over a half-dozen people… in minutes!