1960s Litho Tin Robots
I posted these three circa 1960s toy robots on eBay last night for a Buy-It-Now price of $135 with free shipping. They sold sometime early in the morning, and I shipped them off this afternoon, bound for New York. I have had two of these robots, the little green “sparking robot” (or “Mighty Mechanical Robot” by Noguchi, I learned through a web search) and the “gear head robot” (or Horikawa Fighting Robot), since I was a little kid. The one with the yellow cap on its head, which is supposed to light up, I found at a yard sale a gazillion years ago. The little wind-up robot still works, and even makes sparks; I could not get either of the two battery-operated robots to run.
Even stored away in boxes, the climate and salt air here are taking a toll, and these old toys were all starting to rust. It was time to send them to a better home. Perhaps they will be restored. Perhaps they will be used for parts to bring other robots back to mechanical life. Perhaps they will be enjoyed just as they are, rusting relics of an era that was, in some ways, better than today. At least if you were a kid. If you were of draft age, maybe not so much.
We also received our first offer on the house — for a hundred and nine thousand dollars less than our asking price. We had expected some low-ball offers when we listed, but that’s… pretty low. We will present a counter-offer.
I’m trying not to get too worked up or hung up or whatevered-up. Unfortunately, while looking online at real estate listings last night, my wife found a property in the area to which we are thinking about moving that is fantastic beyond belief, at a price almost too good to be true. If we sold our house for the offer we just received… we wouldn’t clear enough to consider it. But if we can get a counter-offer accepted, we might be able to swing it. But it’s such an awesome place, I have no doubt it will be snapped up within days or weeks.
So… do we take a risk by countering, and hope the property that looks so good remains on the market until we can make an offer (which would be full-price cash)? Or do we hold out for something closer to our asking price, which would give us more options once we’re ready to shop seriously? After looking for a number of months, and finding lots of houses that are, like, “that’s pretty cool,” or “I could be happy with that,” seeing this new one totally spoils everything else. Nothing else comes close to hitting everything that I, personally, would have in my ideal house. Okay, it doesn’t have a “Yellowstone Lodge style” stone fireplace, but everything else… yeah. And we know a guy who actually builds stone fireplaces for a living, so maybe we could build one ourselves.
Weight was 201.2 today. It’s been a week since school ended, and I’ve only exercised once. Trying to eat better, but I’m not quite there yet, and I’m still chugging back too much Coca Cola. The two Beefy Fritos Burritos at Taco Bell today were seriously yummy!