Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Side-Track- Taken to the Cleaners
I said, "Wow, this is splendid." OK...I didn't say splendid, but I did say, "Do you have any more?"
He said, "OH YES! Quite a few."
I said, "How many would I have to purchase to get a price break?"
He said, "FORTY."
My heart began pounding. With a beam in my right eye and a mote in my left, and trying not to show any signs of intense satisfaction, I said, "Very well."
He had his young assistant, (scoundrel in training) go to the back and help me load my newly acquired treasures. This was Saturday morning so when I came home I found no one around for the moment, so I stuck them in a base cabinet in the garage where they sat growing in value over time, similar to what stored gold bars might do.
A few months later on another beautiful Saturday morning Cari shook me and said,"Are those cannon balls in the garage???"
I said, "How did you know those were cannon balls?"
She said, "Your the only one I know who would actually buy 200 cannon balls and hide them in them in the garage."
I assured her that this was going to be well worth the purchase.
Today I decided to pull these babies out of their treasure chest, clean them up a bit, and dive into the world of militaria. I found some sites selling cannon balls and my heart jumped out of my chest when I saw how much some of them were worth. I hobbled out to the back where Cari was planting some flowers and told her that she may be able to give her 2 weeks notice. THEN! I saw a site about FAKE cannon balls with a picture of what looked like MY cannon balls, and once again, my heart leaped out of my chest but for the opposite reason. This was the best of times and the worst of times. For sure. (These are actually grinding balls from a ball mill, used by the mining industry to crush raw ore in a giant tumbler.)
Does anyone have any ideas of what you can do with these?
If your interested I'll sell them to you for my cost.
I've seen deck railings where the post had wooden balls on the top, maybe a nice five inch, 23 lb steel ball might look nice. What about the bottom Newel post on a stair railing? A four poster bed? A door stop? A paper weight? A conversation piece? I even took one to a good friend to cheer him up when he had a bad week. (This is when I thought it was a real sacrifice)
That's about all I have to say about this.
I can now put this behind me and go onward and upward.