This got me to thinking. Maybe I have some stuff in my superior storage facility that might be worth some cash just like ole Pancho’s index finger – just maybe if the wife hasn’t thrown them out while I had my head turned the other day. I usually try to keep a very close eye on her when she turns to the spring cleaner persona – a real close eye. One just never knows when the exact right opportunity may come along and I just might need that Brownie box camera from the 1940s (earlier maybe) or a pink granite rock core that my Dad and I saved from a job on a missile silo in Wyoming in 1965 – that’s gotta be worth somethin’ to somebody!
I also have some memories and a story or two concerning the cult hero D. B. Cooper. I’ve discussed what I know with the FBI – at the time they were interested, but who knows anymore? Out there in my garage I have the actual combat boots I was wearing the very day a FBI agent and I observed a prime suspect thought maybe to actually be D. B. Cooper – imagine that. That was just one of the many clandestine operations I participated in – the only one with the FBI by-the-way.
Many of the items I have maintained (maintained being a loosely used term in this case) in storage are connected to my roughnecking days working with my Dad on one of his drilling rigs. I have the occasional rock bit and even a diamond bit used to cut core samples from North Dakota to Texas and Mississippi to Wyoming – well traveled, don’t ya think?.
There’s also the wardrobe box that stores my military uniforms – everything from dress blues to dress greens, several kaki and summer weight uniforms, multiple sets of fatigues (un-camo style) and a camouflaged field jacket – the pattern is probably a little dated.
I hesitate to not provide details on the following, but in the time both you and I will allow for this little side track I have determined to just go with as few details as needed to describe the artifacts – you can use your own imagination to supply the rest.
On the wall is a Quetico Provincial Park - Boundary Waters map (Ely, MN and the area surrounding the US and Canadian borders) detailing the 135 mile canoe trip in 1962 taken with an Explorer Scout organization
Small (2” tall by 2” long) hand carved ivory depiction of two polar bears humping
Wine box from Buckingham Palace (bottle no longer available) compliments of my daughter and son-in-law’s trip to England some years back
Big box of original Lincoln Logs (circa 1952)
Callaway-Jones (labeled) folding funeral home chair (ready for the graveside)
Singer sewing machine with cabinet and sewing table (really old – my mother used it when I was a kid)
Steel military filing drawer with contents – stackable, you have to provide the partners – (circa Alaska 1971)
Leather horse collar (horse currently missing) (circa 1940s, maybe earlier)
Louis-Marx & Company Diesel Type Electric Train set with remote control (circa 1952) – it probably will work
Coleman cook stove (circa Alaska 1971)
Coleman catalytic heater (circa Alaska 1971 also)
Boy Scout manual (circa 1925) plus many more of later publication
Boy Scout first aid kit (circa 1960)
Ahooga horn (ready for install – don’t have the slightest idea when this was manufactured – go here to hear the sound: http://www.assuredautomotiveproducts.com/AHOOGA-Vintage-Replica-Horn-AKA-AOOGA-OOGA-Antique-Sound-ACHRKS-612c.htm
Telephone fishing apparatus (used in swamps of Louisiana in 1930s and 1940s) – also used on neighbor kids every year of my boyhood – we never learned about that jolt!
More Army regulations and field//technical manuals than you can imagine (wife threw a lot out before I caught her)
VB Boots size 8R (vapor barrier boots – circa Alaska 1970)
Miniature whisky bottle collection (100 different brands maybe) – collected between 1960 & 1973
2 slightly bent (maybe a little more than slightly) 24” pipe wrenches – roughnecking tools of the trade (circa 1954)
3 finger fielder’s mitt (circa 1955)
Professional style weight bench (weights included) – only slightly used (circa 1980)
2 typewriters (1) Smith-Corona electric Deville Cartridge with carrying case with several cartridges (circa 1982) and (2) Royal Aristocrat (non-electric – manual if you may), ribbon intact, purchased at yard sale and survived first two initial resume blitzes after departing the Army.
You just gotta know that some of this stuff is worth a lot of money – to somebody. I sitting here ready and waiting on the influx of buyers. Hope they come before the pups and I have our afternoon Graham cracker break – we don’t take any interruptions during that time.