Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday laziness

I'm tired of watching the kabuki theater that Congress has become. The House has now passed two bills that would increase the debt ceiling, albeit with restrictions that the Democrat Senate finds unconscionable. The Senate hasn't passed anything, so there's nothing to negotiate and our President hasn't put forth a plan either. As unimpressed as I am with Boehner, he got not one, but two plans through his chamber, where Harry Reid hasn't done squat so far.

I'm going to the auction today and practice a little good-old American capitalism. As the auctioneer so plainly says at the start of the sale, it's his job to get the most money possible and it's my job to get the item for the least money possible. It's a lot of fun to go to an auction house. Recall, if you will, that the Wall Street exchanges started out as livestock markets, which are auction houses.

Such new-fangled electronic auctions like eBay have revolutionized the way people buy and sell, but nearly every community has an old-fashioned auction house. You can got to and find live auctions in your area.

It's a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon


Old NFO said...

Enjoy and find something good :-)

Anonymous said... did this post bring back memories.
I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. My dad loved auctions. We would scour the farmpaper every week looking for "good uns". Lots and lots of good stuff to be had at those sales. Lots and lots of friendly chit chat with other farmers from the area. Lots and lots of friendly banter back and forth.
You knew you had come of "age" when the local auctioneer would take your bid.
Shazam, thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!