I have really been busting my arse around here these last two weeks. So, I might as well provide you good folks with the most recent update. You remember that "wrench" that was thrown in last month that altered the "garage" plan (actually just re-instituted the "original" plan for the garage). You know the one where now my card room was going back to my card "house" where all of those twelve bookcases I bought plus the few I already had will be strategically placed throughout the inside. Those are now placed (except for one) where they will remain hopefully for the rest of my life (hoping that is a very very long time too). Binders are sitting on several of them, but many of those will have to be re-bindered, but for now just getting them where they belong is a win for me. The Topps flagship cases (2) are DONE, the high end Topps case has it's boxes and binders on it. The Braves case has it's cards and binders on it too, but that is just the beginning of that story. There will be a "new project" concerning the Braves at a much later date. The Upper Deck case is DONE, as are the Fleer, Donruss/Leaf, Bowman, Score/Pinnacle, and Pacific. The PC (Player Collection) cases are in place but there are more cards in boxes than there are binders, not to mention nearly all of those binders will need to be replaced, so a whole lot of work there. The last remaining case fits into the PC category but is strictly for my Topps Flagship RC Cup guys, those are 100% sitting in boxes hence why that case is still not in place and no rush needed at this point. The "mini" collection shelf is more of a half shelf and is totally in disarray, and not sure exactly what to do with that issue. Again, just getting the boxes, binders on or in front of the area works right now.
Next update: The shed, it is leveled and sitting square. I built 3 shelves for that today and hopefully by week's end those shelves will be full of smaller tools thus leaving my garage in a somewhat workable state. The next big thing for the garage is to clean off and under the pool table. I can now see it and actually touch all four corner pockets, LOL. I do have three book cases in there one of which is the aforementioned case for inside the house. The other two (1 1/2) haven't decided where to put them, the full case will be for actual books, the other one already is full of vintage national Georgraphcis going back to the 30's. Minty condition (a few are not) maps/still intact. I probably mentioned these before Uncle Fred had given them to me before I had to be there for him 24/7. Pretty sure I decided a decade ago to give them to the local college especially the maps, but they really should be matted and framed. That is an expense I am not willing to undertake. The world is SO MUCH different than is on those maps. Countries that no longer exist etc.... Lots of history there. Back to the garage, once the pool table is cleared (and I can use it for sorting) I will be unloading those darned PC boxes that I haven't been gone through and sorted and checked and bindered in about 4 years. Then there are the PC boxes that I have sorted and checked and NEED, that just need to be bindered (haven't done those in 7 years). Lots of work there. But one that will ultimately complete the new reorganization of my card collection. Barring the "new project" I have planned for my Braves cards. I still have 7 tubs/bins of cards (200-800 ct) boxes that will need unpacked and placed in/on/around their appropriate cases. Once all of the above is done. I will be able to convert the garage to the "man cave" complete will a full bar (no stools- people might fall off), pool table in place already, dart board and case already in place, gave away the air hockey table that used to be in there and broke apart the foosball table. That space will be needed to display the coke/pepsi and alcohol collections along with the vintage box games (many baseball from the 40's-69'). My 5 baker's racks of trade cards will grace one side of the garage (I should get 1 more of those, maybe two). I do have some very large boxes that contain "time to burn" paperwork, that will take probably 6 months.
Now with all of that said, I am about where I thought I would be after being home 3 months. I will obviously run a couple weeks late here due to all of the delays in "stuff", so I have decided to forego working the month of April except for two new clients that were referred to me by multiple existing clients so I got to take care of them hopefully next week. I will be resuming some sort of "work" come May (I just really want a basically useless job). I am planning on driving down to Fort Myers to spend a weekend with the oldest child. By then I should be ready to go back to work. I know my finances will appreciate it. It has been 15 years of not working the last 10 fully retired the first five was half retired. I am proud that I was able to (at age 40) make my way through that, there were a few rough spots along the way. Fred helped me bigtime through one of them, and the rest have come by putting a HUGE dent in my retirement plans. So much that I am no longer planning on being a millionaire, I will be happy to just pay my bills and get to social security. Everything that I'll have at that time will be baseball cards and my home. The kids will just have to deal with it, hahaha. I really am okay with that. How is that for an update on my LIFE!
Now the actual real weird stuff. Dr K. Darryl Strawberry set.
I spot Hank Aaron.
The backs of the last nine cards make a puzzle.
BTW: The winner last night was Jeremy.