An Early Gift – 1965 Brother DeLuxe

I don’t get out to the Salvation Army store very often, even though it’s only 20 minutes away.  Today I went in with low expectations for any typewriter sightings.  Shows what I know – I came away with two “new” typewriters.  Better yet, this one is a critter I’ve been wishing for, a Brother DeLuxe.  Serial number L5887827   ~TH~

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Is Plenty Enough?

While reviewing some hard copy of past writings, I ran across this essay I wrote two years ago. It seems an appropriate time now for us to reconsider our personal concept of “plenty”. Enjoy. ~TH~

Wrong Way, Write Way

money_bagHumans are strange creatures.  We seem compelled to learn and relearn, but then we ignore what’s in our own best interest.  Consider the concept that “If I just had ‘X‘, then my life would be perfect.”  This is where life experiences (and a bit of hard knocks during those experiences) become beneficial.

I was thinking recently about large-sum lottery winners who end up in fragile financial and psychological trouble soon after they gain their windfall.  This always seems contradictory to folks like me, who grew up playing the “What would you do if you had a million dollars?” game.  The most respected and evenly balanced millionaires we know of will tell you that the only appropriate answer is, “Start making the next million.”

That may not sound sexy.  It may even sound crass at first blush, but it certainly gets to the heart of the dangers inherent in becoming too wealthy too quickly.  I…

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Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic

I’ve had a soft spot in my heart for this book since finding a 1948 copy from my parent’s house (or was it Laurie’s parents?  Well, anyway…).

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I just received this copy in the mail.  It’s in much better shape than our first copy, and has the dust jacket!

The book really shines on the front end, with chapter subjects for professional bartenders.  Titles such as “Phonies, Check-Dodgers”, “People That Bartenders Have Learned Not To Like”, and “Bartenders That Customers Don’t Like”.   If you are a contemporary mixologist or a patron of various upscale bars, you would do well to read these chapters.  They are humorous, but accurate.

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I also admire the language of the day used in the book.  From the chapter People That Bartenders Have Learned Not To Like:

“No matter how carefully you watch it, someone is bound to get drunk and get out of line. Blackjacks, wooden mallets, beer bottles, rubber hose filled with buckshot, brass knuckles are all definitely no solution to the problem. A rousting through the front door usually works, but there’s a technique for this treatment which should be learned and used at all times.  The recipient of the jostle should never be allowed to get set but should be taken unawares and kept on the move until he’s out the front door. Once he grabs onto anything, gets his feet set, or falls down, you have to tackle the problem from another angle”.

 

Proper glassware for the appropriate drink, proper mixing techniques and signature garnishes make a tasty drink an event.

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There are later, re-edited editions of this book.  Don’t buy them- they eliminated all of the humor and useful information from the original edition.

BARTENDER’S GUIDE by Trader Vic – Illustrated by Ray Sullivan – 1948

~TH~

1957 Underwood ACE Golden Touch

Sorry to say, nothing golden about the touch of this typewriter at the moment.

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I purchased this critter in December 2015 but never got around to using it much due to some frustrating mechanical problems.  I didn’t pay a lot for it, so I’m willing to put it on the workbench soon and try to fix the niggles.

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I have posted it on the Typewriter Database, in case you want to explore some more information about this series of typewriters.   ~TH~