Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TONY'S TIPS #73

This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Captain Flash, The Tormented, Showcase Presents Jonah Hex and Life (Death) With Archie.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"I'M BATMAN!"

Today is my daughter Kelly’s birthday. After graduating with honors from The Ohio State University, she quickly landed her big girl job in her chosen field. She works for a major bank fighting valiantly against credit and debit card fraud. However, when people ask her what she does, she goes for a shorthand description:

“I’m Batman!”

While picking out a birthday card for Kelly at the local Hallmark Cards, I spotted the “Itty Bittys” Batman plush figure. The figure stands a mere four inches tall and I knew she needed to have it for her desk at work. She was absolutely delighted with the recognition of her heroic crime-fighting efforts.

There are eight figures in the “Itty Bittys” collection, four fromDC Comics and four from Marvel Comics. I’ve included the images of the other seven figures as well. I hope you get as big a kick out of them as Kelly and I did.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2014 Tony Isabella
 
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

OUCH!

I was able to get a dentist’s appointment this morning. X-rays were taken. Humorous comments were bantered back and forth. The cause of my excruciating pain was determined. Drugs were prescribed. Drugs have been taken.

I have an infection, which is pretty much what I had thought. But I thought the fellow with the degree and all the experience should make that determination.

I was prescribed amoxicillin, a penicillin antibiotic, to take care of the infection, and vicodin for the pain. When I picked them up at my local Giant Eagle’s pharmacy, I got a bit of sticker shock. The price had gone up considerably since the last time I got this combination. At this rate, I might have to sleep with a pharmacist to afford my medication.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, medications rarely work exactly the way they’re supposed to work for me. I’ll be taking the amoxicillin for seven days - three pills per day - and I wouldn’t be surprised if I need to take it for another seven days to completely clear up the infection.

The vicodin - blessed vicodin - is one or two pills every four or six hours as needed for pain. It hasn’t kicked in yet but I don’t want to take too much of the stuff. It makes me very drowsy and I have a busy week ahead of me.

Now that you know more about my current medical woes than you could possibly want to know, I’ll remind you that blogging will continue to be spotty through the rest of the month. I will post something or another every day, but they will be short posts with photos of kittens and other cute creatures.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2014 Tony Isabella

Sunday, September 14, 2014

THE MORNING AFTER

This weekend’s garage sales were a slightly qualified success. The Friday and Saturday morning sessions were amazing, but the Saturday evening session was a bust. Overall, though, I achieved 120% of my financial goal for the weekend.

It was great fun chatting with my customers and friends, as well as watching them find comics and books that delighted them. There were some new faces who are looking forward to my next garage sales, the last ones of the year. Even the Saturday evening session brought me a couple of new customers who live just around the block from me.So, really all good. Except...

I woke up this morning with a cold and a sore throat, along with the excruciatingly painful toothache that has been plaguing me for several days now. Unfortunately, I can’t speak to my dentist until sometime tomorrow morning. I’m hoping he can squeeze me in sometime tomorrow or, at least, give me a busload of Vicodin to hold me over until he can fix the problem.

Sidebar. One of my goals for 2014/2015 is to get my teeth fixed so that I don’t turn into a toothless old crank. I’d rather be an old crank whose bite is every bit as bad as his bark. If the insurance would cover it, I’d like laser teeth. But I digress.

My final garage sale of the year comes in two weeks:

Friday, September 26: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 5 pm to 7 pm

My goals for that sale including going through every box in my two units at the Fortress of Storage, consolidate them into one unit,pack the sale with more cool stuff than ever and maybe even double my usual financial goal. I’ll bring you updates in the bloggy thing between now and then.

One last note before I crawl back into bed. Some of the folks from my neighborhood will be having a neighborhood garage sale September 24-26. I’m not participating in that because I’m not looking to get the typical garage sale customer, but I support their efforts and will try to have more information on them for you.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back soon with more stuff.

© 2014 Tony Isabella

Saturday, September 13, 2014

GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED GARAGE SALE

Today is the final day of my penultimate Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sale of 2014. As always, you can find the sale at 840 Damon Drive in Medina, Ohio. The garage sale hours are as follows:

Saturday, September 13: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 13: 5 pm to 7 pm

The first day of the garage sale was a success. Customers came and bought stacks of stuff and seemed well pleased with their acquisitions.There was good conversation. When I counted the money at the end of the sale, I’d achieved 76% of my goal for the entire weekend.

The second day of the garage sale is almost always less profitable than the first, but I think there’s an excellent chance of reaching and maybe even surpassing my goal.

My final garage sale of the year comes in two weeks:

Friday, September 26: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 5 pm to 7 pm

My Sainted Wife Barb and one of our beloved neighbors have offered to help me go through every box in my two units at the Fortress of Storage. The aim is to pack the year’s final sale with great stuff and consolidate what’s left into just one unit.

In other stuff...

On this date in 1965, Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster began its U.S. theatrical release. I plan to watch the Japanese version of this classic movie between the morning and evening garage sales.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final report on this weekend’s garage sale...and try to get back to non-garage sale bloggy things next week.

© 2014 Tony Isabella

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNLEASH THE DOGS OF GARAGE SALE

My penultimate Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sale of the summer begins today and continues tomorrow at 840 Damon Drive in Medina, Ohio. The garage sale hours are as follows:

Friday, September 12: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 13: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 13: 5 pm to 7 pm

Nothing in my life has gone quite as planned over the past couple months, but I’m about 70% happy with my garage sale set-up at this way-too-early-in-the-morning time. I put out several new boxes of quarter comics and a lot of quarter paperbacks. I also added a new box of more-expensive-but-still-bargains comic books, including a really nice run of The Brave and the Bold.

Unfortunately, despite my plans and wishes, I won’t have any five-dollar mystery boxes this weekend. Slowed by a sour wrist and one hell of a toothache, I never got around to putting those together.I hope to have at least a dozen mystery boxes ready for the final garage sale of the summer:

Friday, September 26: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 27: 5 pm to 7 pm

I had originally intended to have a garage sale in early October as well, but that isn’t going to work out for me. All the stuff that hasn’t gone as planned in August and September is still in play at present. I need to get it all handled before the end of October on account of I’m appearing at three conventions over a three-weekend period starting October 26 and continuing through November 9. I’ll post that convention schedule for you before the end of the month.

In other Tony stuff...

I visited my father at the nursing room/rehab center yesterday and he was doing well. When his stay there is concluded - and I hope it isn’t for a while since it’s a great place and since he’s as happy there as a guy who would rather be in his own home can be - he will likely be moved to a different assisted living home. I’m going to be putting a lot of miles on my van in the months to come.

My September blogging will continue to be spotty. I have a couple paying gigs on my desk that will hopefully be finished by the end of next week. I’m currently renting two units at the ultra-secret Fortress of Storage and want to consolidate them into one unit and save myself a few bucks every month.

Look for an update on this weekend’s garage sale tomorrow. Unless I decide to goof off and finally see Guardians of the Galaxy or any of the other movies I want to see.

© 2014 Tony Isabella

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GARAGE SALES, LIKE LIGHTNING...

My next Vast Accumulation of Stuff garage sale will be happening on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13, at 840 Damon Drive in Medina, Ohio. The garage sale hours are as follows:

Friday, September 12: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 13: 9 am to noon
Saturday, September 13: 5 pm to 7 pm

Garage sales, like lightning
Should ever appear
To some fans hope
And to other fans fear

It’s less than 24 hours before the opening of this weekend’s garage sale. Before I went to bed last night, I looked over the displays and was not pleased. I saw too many empty boxes and too many open spaces on the tables. This would not do.

I woke up this morning and decided swift and meaningful action had to be taken. When someone walks into my garage sales, I want them to be bowled over by how much great stuff is available to them at bargain prices.  I kept thinking about this during my drive to the nursing room to visit my father. I didn’t think about it during my visit, but it was back in my thoughts as soon as I got into my van for the trip back to Medina.

Swift and meaningful action had to be taken.

I took a detour on my way home. I drove to my top-secret Fortress of Storage. My regular garage sale customers know what that means.

I’ll be unpacking boxes the rest of the day and putting all sorts of great comics and other items into the garage sale. I’m prepared to work through the night if that’s when it takes. But, when that garage door opens tomorrow morning, I believe both me and thee will be well pleased.

Assuming I can lift my fingers to the keyboard, I’ll have another garage sale update for you tomorrow.

[Thanks to Bob Ingersoll for our opening photo, which he snapped at last weekend’s Baltimore Comic-Con.]

© 2014 Tony Isabella