Newsletter #167

January 11, 2002

Greetings Accumulators!

It's rainy/sunny/rainy/sunny in New York today, and last night Ethan became the sole Survivor and a millionaire. Which is a good thing, because it's going to cost about half that amount in barber shop bills to get a comb through those dreadlocks he grew after a month of no grooming aids. There is no leave-in conditioner on the plains, it seems. I can empathize with you, Ethan. My hair being of the naturally curly persuasion, I can say that there are days when things disappear into the massive nest, only to reappear suddenly, weeks later, when you least expect them and aren't even missing them anymore.

For those of us attracted to strange things (former spouses excluded, of course), nothing could be more amusing that a visit to The Museum Of Talking Boards. The site is devoted to all things Ouija, that fascinating board "game" where the future is foretold by - well, probably by the person sitting opposite you. Or at least that's what it feels like. Still, who knows? You'll find the history of the Ouija board, directions for using one, theories of how they work, strange Ouija stories, a wonderful picture gallery of boards, and much more fun-laden information. My favorite talking board? Oh that would be the ka-bala, with its scary black eyeball and flying marble. Don't miss it. Stop by the museum at LINK. I predict you can't stay away. Say, this could be my next collection....

If you subscribe to AntiqueWeek, you'll note that my next column is a rather testy response to people who write to me for information regarding antiques and collectibles. I receive about a hundred emails and letters a week, most of them looking for free appraisals. Some of them can simply be directed to one of the appraisal organizations for help, or to places where they can do research on their own. Some of them are too rude or too demanding or too selfish to draw any response from me. And some of them are so obtuse, that I yell for Artie to come into my office and read them over my shoulder, because I think no one will believe they exist unless I have a witness. Here's one I received today (Personal information removed to protect the stupid):

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 15:48:06 EST
Subject: 1939 newyork world's fair something like a paperweight

i want to know what it is worth if u know all i know is it is little but heavy thank u XXXXX

At least she said thank u

While we're on the subject of weird email, here's one I received yesterday:

Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 22:12:35 +0100
To: judith's email
Subject: Time travelers PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

message: If you are a time traveler or alien disguised as human and or have the technology to travel physically through time I need your help!
My life has been severely tampered with and cursed!! I have suffered tremendously and am now dying!
I need to be able to:
Travel back in time.
Rewind my life including my age back to 4.
Be able to remember what I know now so that I can prevent my life from being tampered with again after I go back.
I am in very great danger and need this immediately!
I am aware that there are many types of time travel, and that humans do not do well through certain types.
I need as close to temporal reversion as possible, as safely as possible.
To be able to rewind the hands of time in such a way that the universe of now will cease to exist.
I know that there are some very powerful people out there with alien or government equipment capable of doing just that.
If you can help me I will pay for your teleport or trip down here, Along with hotel stay, food and all expenses. I will pay top dollar for the equipment. Proof must be provided.
Also if you are one of the very few beings with the ability to edit the universe PLEASE REPLY!!!
Only if you have this technology and can help me please send me a (SEPARATE) email to:
Please do not reply if your an evil alien!

So, naturally, I didn't reply.

So, you live in a small space, with not a lot of display area? Looking for something to collect that won't take up much room? Well, Sand Collectors International wants you! If you join SCI you will get a subscription to their "6-page A4-sized Newsletters" (this is a very size-conscious group, apparently). You will be happy to know that this subscription also "includes color photo of sand grains", and an "annual Membership list detailing member's interests". I'm going out on a limb here: I'm guessing the members' interests have something to do with sand. The SCI boasts "101 members in 13 countries (four continents)", so you know they're not all bunched up on Waikiki or someplace like that. And the club promises you the opportunity to "exchange sand to increase your collection". Or you could contact every single member and get enough to fill your kid's play area in the backyard. And you'll also want to know that "members also publish booklets on sand collecting at reasonable prices". The price for all this fun and knowledge? $10. To join, contact or write to P.O. Box 17273, Groenkloof, South Africa 0027.

This has been the most fun I've had all week, Accumulators. He Who Is The Light Of My Life and I are, once again, trekking up to the country house to continue the interior work. I must say our new workshop is looking great. Well, to me it's looking functional, which is great. I suspect that male persons will find it stunningly gorgeous and very appealing. My schedule for next week includes:
Monday, January 14, "GREG BERG SHOW" WGTD Radio, 91.1FM on your dial, Kenosha, WI. 8:00 AM Central.
Thursday, January 17, 2002: "KEN BEHRENS SHOW" WJBC Radio, 1230AM on your dial, Bloomington, IL. 10:00 AM Central.
Next Saturday, January 19, 2002: Barnes and Noble, 2245 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY. 2PM reading from my new book, and book signing.
For a full schedule of upcoming events, go to Hope to see ya at something. Have a wonderful week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!

2002 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #167
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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