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LEGO Sopwith Camel x2 (#3451)

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by Anura Guruge


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As I mentioned in this post I am a HUGE fan of LEGO and have been for nearly 25 years — i.e., since Danielle was about 2 years old. I would buy BIG fancy LEGO kits and build them for her — and I remember this really great (and large) Miami Police Boat — while she watched. All 4 kids went onto become LEGO aficionados — with I ever happy to aid their interest. Devanee and Teischan are still into LEGO — Teischan right now making her daily advent calendar (for 2015). I like LEGO too — though in my old age I don’t indulge that often and only do BIG kits.

Well, as I describe in detail in this post, I was very FORTUNATE to get an UNOPENED LEGO Sopwith Camel (#3451) kit at the 2009 ‘Alton Town Wide Yard Sale‘ for $3! As I pointed out I did intimate to the lady that it was a collectible BUT she was HAPPY to get rid of it for $3. Well unopened kits were selling on eBay, at the time, for ~$250 and Deanna wanted me to list it. That never happened. I built it and it had pride of place in our semi-formal sitting room.

About 6 weeks ago Teischan who was trying to measure the length of the wall (in that room) knocked it off its perch and it broke into about 400 pieces. Pieces were all over and given ALL the heavy furniture in that room we knew that we would not be able to find them all!

I was devastated. I was not happy. Checked eBay. Unopened boxes were now going for $450. I was NOT going to pay that much. Found two ‘kits in pieces‘ — both around $90 each. I only needed one to get me the pieces I was missing. But being who I am I could NOT resist getting BOTH — so that I could have two MODELS. Remember what I have said about myself before. I have a great will power, I can resist ANYTHING but TEMPTATION.

So we ended up with three kits in pieces, and I still had the instruction book (and box — with the $3 sticker) from my original. Given that she broke it and she is quite a proficient LEGOist I coerced Teischan into trying to build one of them for me. She, to her credit, persevered for days. But this puppy is very finicky to say the least — and it does say 12+, and Teischan is still 9.

In the end I built them. One of the kits, from e-bay, was 70 assembled. So that was pretty easy.

So now I have two Sopwith Camels and a box full of spare parts. I haven’t checked to see how much I can build with the leftover parts. Maybe I could build a CRASHED Camel!

Well, one Camel is back in the sitting room and I have the other on ONE of my TOY SHELVES. Yes, MY TOY shelves. I have about 6 of those with genuine toys. Unlike other adults I can’t afford ADULT toys. All I can are old kids toys and that amuses I.


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Spare pieces for the ‘Crashed Camel’.


Pope Francis — Wealth Redistribution: Fox News Joins MY Cry That Pope’s Charity MUST Start With The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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Click to access Fox News piece from 72 hours ago.

Click to access Fox News piece from 72 hours ago.


I actually, while channel surfing, happened to catch this piece!

Wow. Fox News and I signing the same hymn.

What were the chances.

Fox and I agree.

Redistribute the wealth, by all means —
BUT lets please start with the Vatican’s
untold wealth.

Pay some taxes.

Sell some unneeded art treasures.

Get rid of the Gold Pallium Pins.

Hypocrisy is never attractive — even in a pope.


Is Pope Francis Pitting God Against Al Gore As To Who Invented The Internet?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Click to access coverage from the UK 'The Independent' or Google for other sources.

Click to access coverage from the UK ‘The Independent’ or Google for other sources.


Where is Al Gore?

I hope he is enjoying this Global Warming induced heat wave we are enjoying.

But, as to the Internet.

I think, and as I have mentioned I was the Principal Consultant at BBN a company that provided much of the initial technology for the Internet, that Al Gore probably does have better claims for having invented the Internet than God — though even Al’s claim is pretty lame.

I am the first to admit, though I have a veritable army of Catholics, including a number of priests, who try to educate me on an ongoing basis, this God stuff confuses the heck out of me. Amazes me the number of times I am told that my name got mentioned in Catholic Mass! I am humbled. 

I thought everything was a ‘Gift from God. Have I got that wrong? See, I told you. I don’t get this stuff.

Given that I am somewhat open minded lets kick this around. If the Internet is indeed a ‘Gift from God’ what was God doing when poor Galileo was being put to the sword by the Vatican? Ooops! I just worked it out. God was buy creating the Internet while Galileo was on trial. I can understand. Creating the world, us, the universe and all of that in a week was probably nothing compared to creating the Internet. I doubt whether even God could have created the Internet in a week. I think it took Al Gore at least 4 years.

Francis, though I do like him, has this propensity for saying the most inane things — such as ‘Rugby is a gentle sport’!

Maybe not as much now, BUT what was the Internet’s PREDOMINANT use during its first two decades of existence.

Sex and Porn.

So God, in his infinite wisdom, gifted us the ultimate tool for pursuing porn?

Don’t tell anyone but I even know that Catholic priests use the Internet for checking out porn!
So this is ‘a Gift of God’.

Though he (maybe it a she) totally and utterly confounds me, I like God — just like I like Francis. I have always thought that God has one heck of a sense of humor. This is another example. He gives man, and I use that quite intentionally, ‘The Internet’, the ultimate tool for indulging in porn and self-gratification. Way to GO GOD.

Maybe, I got this wrong. Maybe Al Gore was God’s gift. That would make much more sense. So God wanted us to have the Internet, so we could have easier access to porn, and to make that happen gifted us Al Gore.

God sure works in mysterious ways.

Pope Francis Berates Davos To ‘Spread The Wealth’ When All He Has Done Is Sell His Harley.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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Click to access CNN coverage.

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Click to access U.K. 'The Telegraph' coverage.

Click to access U.K. ‘The Telegraph’ coverage.


I am 100% with this pope when it comes to
sharing the wealth”.

I am a great believer in helping the poor.

My ONLY issue is that the Pope, himself,
can do a BILLION TIMES MORE than what he is doing!

This pope is ultra cheap. Check it out.

He loves to get on his bully pulpit and go on and on about
‘sharing the wealth’.

FINE.

Lets start with the Vatican.

That he decided to auction of his Hog is a great start, but is not enough.

Sell those 5 gold pallium pins that HE, like his predecessor, are so fond of.
Those 5 pins alone should raise at least a couple of million dollars.

This pope is ALL TALK, little action.

Lead by EXAMPLE.
Not by empty rhetoric.

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and possibly Ted Turner
have given more to charity than this ‘hot air’ pope.

He has billions of assets at his SOLE disposal.

He doesn’t have to get anybodies approval — other than God’s
and I am sure God wouldn’t have any problems with selling
some Vatican knick knacks to help the poor.

But, then again you would think that an all
powerful God could eradicate poverty.

Aaahhhh!

The stupidity of this all.

Pope Francis: Here We Go Again — “Share The Wealth”. Yes, Lets Start With The Vatican — Charity Must Begin At The Vatican.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access the U.K. 'The Guardian' coverage.

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Here we go again!

More inane gibberish from the Pope.

Don’t get me wrong. I like this Pope. Lets face it. I am one of the FEW who actually had him as a papabile, in print. So, don’t get on your high horse with me.

I am though a realist and a taskmaster — and the pope does not intimidate me. IF he calls me up, and my number is right here (—>>), I will tell him all of this directly.

His statement that Rugby was NON-violent was stupid! Period.

His suggestion about a “Prayer of ‘WHY'” had Christians skating on thin ice.

His decision to display “St. Peter’s” bones stretched credulity to a near breaking-point.

I am openly contending that this Pope, right now, is not thinking and speaking clearly.

You prove ME wrong.

This the LATEST gibberish worries me.

Of course, I am ALL IN FAVOR, of sharing the wealth. Always believed that. I have always been BIG on generosity and charity.

To this day, despite (if I say it as humbly as possible) a surfeit of compliments, the compliment I treasure the MOST was from one of my ex-father-in-laws, the day that his daughter informed him that I was divorcing her. He came to see us and told me: “… you are the MOST GENEROUS man I have ever met”. And that was BEFORE he or his daughter even heard of my divorce settlement for her!

Pope, by all means, let us ALL share the wealth, but you as a cloistered, rather sheltered Jesuit might not have heard of this, BUT ‘charity begins at home’.

So let us PLEASE start with the Vatican.

I have said it before, to the chagrin of some Catholics, lets PLEASE start with the mother of all yard sales — in St. Peter’s Square.

Just have your peons bring out 400 artifacts, at random, from the Apostolic Palace. Given that you refuse to use it — make that the Papal Apartment. Just bring out 400 items and sell them in St. Peter’s Square. Give the money to charity. Then you can call on others.

Till then you sound pompous, out-of-touch and bit silly. Sorry. But, somebody has to say it and it might as well be me — since I am beyond salvation, thank God.