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### craigslist, oh craigslist....

Yesterday I had my most satisfying craigslist experience to date. I found a great dining set, had it delivered and we were rid of our old set in all before sunset. Perhaps it was all those Saturday morning garage sales I went to with mom and Aunt Anna Marie when I was young, or maybe it was watching Grandpa sort through the treasures in his garage on Santiago street..... whatever the reason, I love the process of taking something old and giving it new life.

Anyhow, I've been watching the furniture section of craigslist for about 6 months, waiting for a dining table that was big enough to accomadate a large gathering but not too big for everyday use. Sure enough, I spotted one midweek, thought about it for 2 days (taking a major risk) then called and arranged to take a look Saturday morning. I arrived at 9am, just before the two others who had arranged to see it, proposed a lower price & arranged for it to be picked up & delivered by lunchtime. Just as the Johnson family was arriving for our Easter lunch & egg hunt, my trusty delivery man with a pickup truck pulled in with the table and chairs!

Around 6pm I decided to post our old table & chairs on craigslist for free. Our old table & chairs was a $25 craigslist find when we first arrived in Hawaii in 2007. I'd recovered the seats twice and it certainly served us well for 4 years. However, I'd recently realized our daily breakfast routine has included the "squeaky chair game" for a bit too long and knew it was time for a change! Within five minutes of posting our old table, I'd received four emails and arranged for a pickup. By 8pm old table was gone and on it's way to a new home, where it will get a little TLC and start it's new life. Fun, eh? The old table is at the top of this post. Here's a photo of the table & chairs from the craigslist post.... I'll put one up of it's new home ASAP :) ### Comments blissful_e said… Awesome! And I thought the old table and chairs looked good. :) Enjoy the new table, and may the squeaky chair game not visit your house for many years to come. :) erinjohn said… That old table & chairs only looked good from far away :) Imagine wobbliness beyond the fixing powers of bolt tightening & wood glue. Thanks! mama mia said… very classy, can't wait to see photos in your dining room! ### Popular posts from this blog ### On the Height of J.J. Barea Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea standing between two very tall people (from: Picassa user photoasisphoto). Congrats to the Dallas Mavericks, who beat the Miami Heat tonight in game six to win the NBA championship. Okay, with that out of the way, just how tall is the busy-footed Maverick point guard J.J. Barea? He's listed as 6-foot on NBA.com, but no one, not even the sports casters, believes that he can possibly be that tall. He looks like a super-fast Hobbit out there. But could that just be relative scaling, with him standing next to a bunch of extremely tall people? People on Yahoo! Answers think so---I know because I've been Google searching "J.J. Barea Height" for the past 15 minutes. So I decided to find a photo and settle the issue once and for all. I started by downloading a stock photo of J.J. from NBA.com, which I then loaded into OpenOffice Draw: I then used the basketball as my metric. Wikipedia states that an NBA basketball is 29.5 inches in circumfe… ### The Force is strong with this one... Last night we were reviewing multiplication tables with Owen. The family fired off doublets of numbers and Owen confidently multiplied away. In the middle of the review Owen stopped and said, "I noticed something. 2 times 2 is 4. If you subtract 1 it's 3. That's equal to taking 2 and adding 1, and then taking 2 and subtracting 1, and multiplying. So 1 times 3 is 2 times 2 minus 1." I have to admit, that I didn't quite get it at first. I asked him to repeat with another number and he did with six: "6 times 6 is 36. 36 minus 1 is 35. That's the same as 6-1 times 6+1, which is 35." Ummmmm....wait. Huh? Lemme see...oh. OH! WOW! Owen figured out x^2 - 1 = (x - 1) (x +1) So$6 \times 8 = 7 \times 7 - 1 = (7-1) (7+1) = 48\$. That's actually pretty handy!

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### The Long Con

Hiding in Plain Sight

ESPN has a series of sports documentaries called 30 For 30. One of my favorites is called Broke which is about how professional athletes often make tens of millions of dollars in their careers yet retire with nothing. One of the major "leaks" turns out to be con artists, who lure athletes into elaborate real estate schemes or business ventures. This naturally raises the question: In a tightly-knit social structure that is a sports team, how can con artists operate so effectively and extensively? The answer is quite simple: very few people taken in by con artists ever tell anyone what happened. Thus, con artists can operate out in the open with little fear of consequences because they are shielded by the collective silence of their victims.
I can empathize with this. I've lost money in two different con schemes. One was when I was in college, and I received a phone call that I had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas. All I needed to do was p…