Another warm, damp day, but hoping for a bit of sun. No pre-assigned tasks to break up my day, so I should be able to get stuff done. If it doesn’t rain.
Did less than I’d hoped yesterday. There were bills to pay and paperwork to update, as well as the vet visit. Poor doggie has a very sore backside from his shot, and spent the day whimpering and looking at me. The LOOKING, and the little pathetic yips are very hard to resist, so I spent some time on the floor comforting him, until his girl got home and took over.
I had to get on the phone and wait for about half an hour for the ability to pay for insurance with a check… reading the numbers to a human. Gah. Did the same with the gas bill at the BOL, but that at least took a credit card. Three sets of humans I didn’t expect to talk with and it felt like the 80s all over again.
I did receive my new driver’s license. Shiny. Lots of new security features. Texas went RealID some time ago, despite very real misgivings and a public anti- stance, but this new card has even more anti-counterfeiting features than the old. Got my FCC renewal a couple of days ago, so just waiting for the CHL (or LTC as it’s now known) to come through. Need to do my passport too, but that isn’t a priority.
Did some cleanup prep for pulling together my hamfest stuff. Made a bunch of lists and started remembering where everything was, and WHAT everything was. I’m pretty sure I will order a uhaul trailer today so I can take all the extra stuff I want to unload.
One thing about finally having a BOL is that it collapses some uncertainty states and solidifies some of the needs and wants. I don’t just need a tower, I need legs for the tower I have… A lot of just collecting potentially useful things is solidifying into WHICH useful things will be useful at this particular BOL, and not some hypothetical BOL.
And some of my “enthusiasms” have passed. Which means stuff I stacked in the throws of that “enthusiasm” are now surplus to needs.
I should be able to take a whole bunch of stuff to the swapmeet. Whether it will sell, depends on whether people still have money and the desire to spend it on ham stuff. I’m going to price pretty aggressively to encourage them to buy. That is really all I can do.
So take a look at your stacks. See if the stuff is still fit for mission. See if the mission still needs doing. And adjust. Stack what you need NOW, instead of what you thought you needed a year ago.