Thursday, July 12, 2012

That bittersweet mass of gray (and origins)

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  1. SIXTY! Holy cow you jumped in the deep end didn't you? We need to see a lot of photos.

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    1. As I do with most anything, really (you did see the pictures of my Star Wars collection, didn't you?). I posted photos of the ones on display in my typewriter room, but there are many more in the basement and in their cases in the dining room.

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  2. I sometimes wonder if the sudden drying up of good typers on the market in some areas isn't caused by nascent Typospherians in those areas amassing huge collections prior to starting their blogs. :D

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    1. I will admit to this. I leave no stone unturned in surrounding areas. Generally, under 5 hours one way...unless it's an amazing find. Those are just normal Saturdays here.

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  3. Images aren't displaying.... I'm curious now, seeing the comments :(

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    1. Not displaying? Strange. They show up just fine here. Imgur is normally amazing for that sort of thing. I've just tried to make an album of them to link you to, but the website is running rather slowly. Must have a lot of traffic right now. Try again in a few minutes, I suppose.
      Sorry about that..

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    2. Not your fault. They are now displaying! Shall read in just a moment.

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  4. Thanks for sharing about your work in construction, I can imagine you unwinding with typewriters at the end of a day's work.

    Sixty in less than 4 months? See, I told you that if you keep the pace, you will overtake Richard Polt!

    How I started?
    Easy, I found an Olivetti Studio 44.

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    1. Thank goodness you corrected your grievous mistake, lest those reading the comments assume my insanity. :D
      You really crack me up with the Studio 44's. Not to say it is humorous to have such dedication to a fine machine...it's just that when I read that line, I literally was laughing at my phone. Thanks for that.

      The thing with this 'overtaking' you speak of, is quantity over quality, at this point. I can have as many typewriters as I want, but I doubt I will be able to match the immense 'drool factor' Richard has going on...at least not for a long while (a long, long while).

      The smooth feeling of my Imperial, you know...the kind that surpasses the Studio 44 in any way imaginable? Yes, that is nice to come home to. Nevermind the wife, dogs, and cat. I feverishly push them out of the way of my desk...

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  5. Migrating from obsession to obsession? I cannot imagine such a thing! Well, except for the Star Wars toys and 1:18 diecast cars and typewriters ;-) My ongoing obsessions are photography, robots and old and curious books and ephemera. The typewriter part will stick as well and my acquisitions are becoming much more selective.

    I also make my living through concrete (and masonry). My employer manufactures densifiers and finishes.

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    1. I stopped collecting Star Wars memorabilia. It just stopped being fun, as far as the hunt goes. Prices are, generally, widely known, and after a while, all you see is the same thing. With typewriters, prices are all over the charts, good deals could be lurking behind every corner, you never know what it is you will find, and I can actually DO something with them once I have them.
      Just densifiers? Do you make other products, such as cure or floor hardener (the powder sort)? I do not do a lot of flat work, mostly power plants, so densifiers are something I have never used. We use the powder hardener for our Steam Turbine floors, along with the Combustion Turbines.

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    2. I'm not familiar with the shake hardeners. We manufacture liquid lithium silicate hardeners under the Consolideck trade name. I expect the chemistry is similar. It is also used in conjunction with water blanket curing. I'm guessing much of the product you use is chosen by a concrete specifier. Our products are commonly specified for retail and manufacturing facilities. Chances are you have walked on Consolideck products. People tend to take concrete for granted, don't they?

      OK, that's probably the last work talk you'll get out of me. I do the regulatory and green building policy side of the business, so work is always on tap on the iPhone 24/7. Vintagetechobsessions is a very intentional diversion for me. Still, I enjoyed reading the back story! I like being part of an industry that actually makes things with lasting value. Yeah, like typewriters! (cleverly shifting gears...)

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    3. Yes, I would imagine it is similar. The powder hardeners can be used in conjunction with water blankets as well. Yep, they just walk on it every day of their lives, not even thinking twice (or once for that matter) how it got there, and the work that went into it. Oh well...
      I, too, will jump off the work topic. So...name a few favorite typewriters?

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  6. Ken - thanks for sharing your story.

    I think I'm 5'4 too. You might have grown still since you were only 18 or 19.

    That concrete job sounds difficult. What's the weather like this time if year? Me, I do like working with my hands but what's weird is the jobs I've had don't really allow me to be physical. Let's see - in college I worked at a bookstore and eventually became a supervisor. Then I worked at a mutual fund company and made a home of my cubicle. Then I was a consultant forgot a technology firm for 2 yrs. and now I'm going back to a cube farm starting monday. I do enjoy working in the backyard and through out my life my dad pretty much always asked us for help on the weekends for one of Handyman projects or fixing cars.

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    1. Well...I am only 23, so I really don't think I have had any recent growth spurts. Ha. It is difficult, yes, but rewarding, both in pay and the feeling of having done a hard day's work. This time of year? Well, this year, it has been near 100 degrees about every day, so...not good.
      I have never once had an office job, and am not sure how well I would function at one. I wanted to become an English Professor, but this is what I ended up doing.

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  7. 60 typewriters! Oh my!

    Where do you store all of these? Wow! Do you have a catalogue?

    I long ago learned that - your job is not who you are. And I learned this actually probably in the more interesting jobs of my life. Your passion for typewriters speaks more of you than the concrete that pays your way does.

    And 5'4"? You're right... that would be hard to command respect. I'm 5'10", and by no means tall - But I can usually command a room effectively. It is all about using what you've got for presence. And I'm sure you've probably mastered that.

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    1. I just counted, and it is 61, not including 3 electrics and several toy typewriters. I do not have a catalogue, but could get around to one soon enough. I have been meaning to, but it will take a while to move all of those machines from both my typewriter room and my basement, put them outside, take pictures, place them back where they belong.
      Aside from typewriters and my wife...work is, really, all that I do. I enjoy my job a whole lot, but I also enjoy the weekend. :D
      Yes...generally, I am the smallest person on the job. For presence? Yes, I have a short temper, an anger management problem, and no patience whatsoever. Of course, this is not all of them time, but when it is assumed that I cannot do my job properly or hold my position because of my age, I just about flip shit.

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