Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Chinese Treasures

I've started to ramp up my Amazon side hustle with a lot of random purchases.

Lydia has been a pretty good sport about the amount of crap that I bring into the apartment. I have to keep it around until I'm reimbursed so a lot of it sits in the office and waits. Most of it is crap and goes straight into the trash but there's some good stuff as well.

Lydia enjoys opening the packages. It's sort of like Christmas mixed with a yard sale.

There's always some amusing oddities to behold. Items like this African black soap that for some reason resembles a loaf of bread, for example.

So we signed up for this program that pays you to relocate to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I had an interview with them on December 10 and today I got the good word that I was accepted into the program. I had not realized that the amount that they would pay you was graduated depending on your income. The max was $10k and we both had applied, so I figured we were talking either 10 or $20k to make the move. They offered me $7k and didn't make Lydia any offer at all. I found this to be kind of shady, because they knew that Lydia and I would be moving together, so to extend an offer to only one of us felt kind of like a lowball offer. I tried to negotiate with them but they stood firm, so I withdrew from the program. Oh well.

On the bright side, now I don't have to listen to "Sweet Home Alabama" on repeat anymore.

"Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they've been known to pick a song or two (Yes, they do)
Lord, they get me off so much
They pick me up when I'm feeling blue
Now how 'bout you?"

We're losing a lot of irreplaceable businesses due to the pandemic.

I was sad to hear about the demise of Family Video. I used to love going in there all the time, despite the fact that our nearest branch smelled like pee. I did not realize that the company was founded back where things make sense, in Springfield, Illinois.

Sad to see that Civil War sugarbaby is no longer a viable career.

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