Journey Into Hell

Retail Therapy – And How To Avoid It

I wrote three years ago, about driving almost two hours – one hour of it in some of Canada’s worst traffic – and the two-hour, mirror, return trip, to obtain a vintage IBM Selectric, golf-ball typewriter.  It did not work.

The wife was going to contact a repair shop in Hamilton, which claimed that they could repair it.  We bought a metal typing table for it, at an office-goods recycling shop.

We did not contact the repair shop.
The typing table takes up a bit of the rapidly dwindling free space in the garage.
I put it on a craft table, between two storage bins, by the window in the computer room.
The cats love it.  They use it as a stepping stone to bask in the sunlight.
I own a vintage paper weight.
Anybody want it??  Free to a good home.  “Good” defined as one that will take it.


12 thoughts on “Journey Into Hell

  1. trishsplace says:

    I have two selectrics. I love them. But neither work properly. One is American, meaning I need an adaptor to work it – which always feels scary like I’ll blow something up 🙂

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  2. Rivergirl says:

    I loved watching that bouncing ball back in the day. But no, River doesn’t need any more stuff!


    • Archon's Den says:

      I know the feeling. I think even our cats are getting a little hunch-backed, trying to get around all the crap we’ve accumulated.
      She Who Must Be Obeyed finally agreed to donate to Goodwill, two boxes that have been sitting in the corner of the basement family room, for almost 20 years. 😀 😀

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  3. I don’t know. Do you ship to Florida?

    Just kidding. I already do not have enough space for my own crap. But I do have fond memories of the Selectric. Hey, that was hot stuff before computers.

    Good luck foisting it off on someone else-I mean finding a good home for it.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I’d ship it anywhere – collect. 😉
      We forgot (The wife says I forgot) a train case after a visit to some friends in DC. Our host graciously packed it, and paid almost $100 to send it by first-class mail. 😯

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  4. My late mom had a plaque for typing 115 words per minute on an old typewriter. Meanwhile, I’m around 45 words per minute. David McCullough still crafts his books on an older typewriter too.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      The wife heard me doing some copy-typing one day, and estimated my speed at almost 80 WPM. I type a lot slower when composing – and thank God for those wavy red lines. Correcting those brings me pretty close to your 45 words. 🙂
      Now I have to research David McCullough. The name does not flow, trippingly, off my tongue. 😕

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