Thursday, February 18, 2010


It appears that one of the constants in this world is change. Oh, yeah. As well as death and taxes.
Amalie and I moved into this mobile home some 39 years ago, and we (now I) have used the same bank just down the street for most of that time. It has been most convenient, especially when I became handicapped, and have used my scooter to get there and back.

A couple of years ago the institution was sold to another bank, and then last year that latest bank got caught up in the banking fiasco, and is now in the process of being taken over by yet another bank. I just received a letter saying that in the interests of economy, they will be closing this branch, and all we lucky ones get to go several miles to their closest branch office. Oh, goodie! ‘Fraid not. For me to reach them would mean traveling on terrible sidewalk - all broken up - anud crossing both an entrance and exit to a freeway, not the safest thing in the world!

So I’m starting to think of other options. It all remains to be seen. More on this as developments take place.

In the meantime, enjoy a bit of humor:

A Chinese Ming vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euros. Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros. Within seconds, the bid stalls at one million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that prevails in the room.

The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euros."

Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself.

The auctioneer is exuberant. The pace is fast.

The conclusion? Priceless!

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