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Saturday 6.18.05: Week in Review

We've gone from sultry to soggy as our weather system threw us in reverse and kicked us back to April. I finally acted on the dankness in our ground floor and bought a dehumidifier. It's pulling buckets of water out of the air.

My work week suffered from the same kind of shifts.

Last Saturday Maria and I met for a Cosmopolitan Productions strategy retreat. We hadn't discussed our business plan since October. Well, we were very focused on the big picture, which got bigger the more cosmopolitans we drank. It got me revved up enough to download a book from Audible called "All Marketers Are Liars" by Seth Grodin. In a nutshell it says: "Don't list facts. Tell a story that your potential customers want to hear, but it better be authentic."

I took lots of notes and continued what now seems like Susan's Family of Websites. I many not be as zany as the people who get a thousand readers a day, but I wouldn't mind having a cult following.

Tuesday night was the annual "geezer" dinner for the professors emeritus at the medical school. I sat next to a polite old gent who seemed fascinated by everything I was doing, from genealogy to cosmo ideas. Maybe my target audience is the codger crowd.

Maybe my target audience is the codger crowd.

By Thursday I had slipped out of my desperately creative mode and gotten back into ebay sales, thinking about what to put up for this week's auctions.

By yesterday, I'd slipped from my cosmo high into a funk. It must be the constant rain. Creatively, I had spun like a top all week but didn't accomplish much and I was bored with my shrinking yet still bottomless box of goodies to sell. I entered the realm of our ground floor mystery closet.

I came out with a heavy box of photos that Jim had collected during the height of his fascination with 19th century photography. Over a few months in the 1980s, he had amassed a collection of 295 photos related to a single family in Chautauqua County NY. One of the family members was a photographer and the overall quality of the photos is beautiful. Jim had labored over them, even drawing a family tree as he figured out who was who and how they were related. Chautauqua County is very rural and yet it is also home of the Chautauqua Institution, world-famous for its summer lectures on politics, literature and science. So now I have a project. It's part of my stewardship of the Price & Zimmer Collections to see that these eventually get the the right home, so I've begun the task of scanning and cataloging each item. It lifted my spirits.

This week's auctions are ending at 11 A.M. I'm hoping to sell a fine brass microscope.

It is still raining.

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