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Selling Tags - an American Tradition

Companies in the United States and around the world all have something called Records Retention Policy.

The Idea is that every seven years they go through the process of eliminating records that are not been used or that they don't need to retain. An oversimplification but all in all a great idea.

As humans, we tend to accumulate things at an always increasing rate.

The word  "hoarder" has entered our vocabulary and is now a psychological and treatable ailment.

In terms of possession, I always say: "If you have not used it in five years, either throw it away or give it to charity ". 

The Americans came up with a better solution...

They call it a Tag Sale or Yard Sale, depending on where you are. The concept is that you set up tables in your front lawn and place the items that you will like to get rid off on those tables with a ticket price or Tag. Usually in the range of 50 cents to $10 dollars.

Is one way of getting an extra income on something you were probably going to throw away.

This Saturday we had our first Tag sale in a really long time!

Setting up the tables...

Setting up the tables...

Through a process of word of mouth, some strategically placed banners, and some social media savviness, people started coming by before we had time to set up all the tables.

It was a multi-family affair

It was a multi-family affair

My wife and I live on a Condo and they don't allow tag sales due to the fact that our street is a Cul-de-sac; so we had our multi-family tag sale at my sister-in-law's house in Stratford.

Customers roam free

Customers roam free

These sort of thing always attract all walks of people and sometimes you get really weird ones. In this case, we had a lady that decided to go into the house like it was hers. We had to politely ask her out for trespassing!.

Breakfast Tacos!

Breakfast Tacos!

My brother-in-law prepared some delicious breakfast tacos as this was a family affair and some of the kids were hungry. We had some chorizo-bacon-eggs-hashbrown tacos that were absolutely delicious!! Thank you Mark!

Thankfully we had a really nice day

Thankfully we had a really nice day

It turned out to be a really great day. Without this turning into a party, it was a great family gathering with a successful outcome. The weather had finally cooperated and we had clear skies all day. I even got a slight tan.

This worked out to be a success!

This worked out to be a success!

After all was set and done, all we had left was ½ of the items we set out to sell and my wife tells me we are doing it again next weekend. I can't wait!

And The Forecasts is…

We had another somewhat mild winter here in New England. Weather-wise we had a few storms here and there and it has been brutally cold some days, but I will say overall, it hasn't been like other years.

Usually, January and February are pretty harsh here in Connecticut, but this year, we had some days in the 50ºs F (10º C).

This might seem cold for some other latitudes, but it's somewhat mild for this area and this time of the year.

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But it's true. Weather is not climate...

Meanwhile...

Meanwhile, in Antarctica, scientists from all over the world are traveling as fast as they can, to get to see what is underneath the space that was occupied by that giant iceberg that detached itself from the continent.

Also on the news, is the fact that we found out that the ozone layer is not really healing itself and there are now holes opening up in different parts of the sky and over populated areas.

That together with gigantic tropical storms and typhoons and the wild fires in parts of the western United States, sure seem like the biblical end of times.

Aren’t you glad that the current president of the United States, doesn't believe in climate change...

I am quite sure that when Mount Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD it seemed (and it was) like the end of the world for the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. I wonder what were the signs?

Maybe the praetor of those cities was saying: “Don’t believe the scientists, it’s not going to explode...

It sure seems like we are doomed by Mother Nature.

But we can live thinking that the world is going to end. In reality, the world ends for an average of 155,000 people everyday.

It's not what drives us.

It is what we do with the time we have until that uncertain moment in life.

The forecast notwithstanding, do seem a little grimmer.

Maybe I just have the winter blues? What do I know?

But it's true. Weather is not climate...

Meanwhile...

Meanwhile, in Antarctica, scientists from all over the world are traveling as fast as they can, to get to see what is underneath the space that was occupied by that giant iceberg that detached itself from the continent.

Also on the news, is the fact that we found out that the ozone layer is not really healing itself and there are now holes opening up in different parts of the sky and over populated areas.

That together with gigantic tropical storms and typhoons and the wild fires in parts of the western United States, sure seem like the biblical end of times.

Aren’t you glad that the current president of the United States, doesn't believe in climate change...

I am quite sure that when Mount Vesuvius exploded in 79 AD it seemed (and it was) like the end of the world for the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. I wonder what were the signs?

Maybe the praetor of those cities was saying: “Don’t believe the scientists, it’s not going to explode...

It sure seems like we are doomed by Mother Nature.

But we can live thinking that the world is going to end. In reality, the world ends for an average of 155,000 people everyday.

It's not what drives us.

It is what we do with the time we have until that uncertain moment in life.

The forecast notwithstanding, do seem a little grimmer.

Maybe I just have the winter blues? What do I know?

 

 

Death is Always The Expectation

Taking the new Fijifilm X100F for a spin on a rainy and foggy New England Winter day. More to come about this wonderful camera later.

This is part of the series I am creating around three branches in the winter. I am always fascinated with the similitude between the three branches and the blood vessels in the human body; specially the brain. Click on them to see them bigger.

I guess that's the reason I am always looking up into the sky.

The title pertains to a train of though that has been the topic on my life recently.

Lots of dear friends and family passing away and me getting to that age where I worry if I will be next.

I am reminded of the wonderful work by photographer Simon Hoegsberg, "We are All Going to Die - 100 Meters of existence". Is a sobering reminder of that big deadline we all face. Go take a look (You will need flash on your browser to see it).

I guess the important thing to remember is what we do with our alloted time. How do we make the most of it. What do we leave behind.

I recently watched the Disney movie "Coco" that deals with our memories and the memory of our loved ones. It resonated with me because I have always had similar thoughts about the people who came before us. I will probably be one of the last persons to remember my grandfathers.

How do I honor their memories? What can I do so their legacies and struggles don't fade away into oblivion?

I guess, the best I can...

All images edited using Luminar 2018.