Blogging since 1998. By David Wertheimer

Month: August 2002 (Page 1 of 3)

Furniture sale

Now that I cohabitate, I’ve got me some furniture to sell! Details inside.

Basically, my entire uptown apartment is for sale. Everything is in good-used condition except where noted. Asterisks indicate items that can’t be taken until the end of October, because if I sold, say, my bed, the guy subletting my apartment would be pretty pissed. All prices are half retail or less.


~ $10 metal and thatch Pier 1 foyer table 8″ x8″ x 36″ for umbrellas, keys, a plant, etc. $20

~ 5′ x 4′ rag rug (faded but nice, Pier 1 I think) $10 *

Living room

~ Castro sofabed, multi colors on beige, full size sleeper, seats 3, 66×36″, good for tight spaces $400 *

~ Ikea unfinished wood coffee table $20

~ Ikea unfinished wood wall unit approx 84″ x 48″ with shelves, drawers,

cabinet $150 *

~ Two standard-width, extra-long accordion-fold window shades, light beige color, semi-sheer to let light in (custom cut) $50 for both *

~ 6′ x 6′ light beige carpet-style rug $20

~ Black swing-arm lamp $10

~ Small blue-shade coffee table lamp $15

~ 440-CD rotating white Ikea CD storage rack (great storage, doesn’t swivel well) $40 and/or Boltz 600-CD wall rack (retail $295 unassembled; like new) $200


~ Serta full-size bed with box spring, frame, drape (retail $600, linens

available) $150 *

~ 7′ x 4′ dark green rug (not in good shape but soft) $10 *

~ Ikea small 5-drawer dresser $10 (attractive but junky; good starter value)

~ Computer table with pull-out keyboard tray, space for tower or desktop CPU, monitor stand (great utility) $75

~ Comfy cushioned multi-adjustable black desk chair (great shape) $50

~ Matching floor and table Ikea lamps, brushed steel and handsome

patterned-white lampshades $50 set *

~ Two basic Home Depot shelves and wall mounts $10

~ Light green triangular Ikea side table (cute) $10


~ white Ikea microwave stand with shelf and cabinet (my brother took the microwave) $25 *

~ collapsable round white table (Ikea) and two chairs (has wear and tear, good value) $50 set *


~ Curved two-deck shiny metal with holes wall-mounting shelves and towel rack (great shape) $20

~ Brushed aluminum towel bar (fancier than the apartment it’s in) $20 *

~ Large and small navy blue bathroom rugs (fairly new, well kept) $20 set *


~ 17″ Sony Trinitron monitor (Apple- and PC-compatible) in fantastic shape but won’t fit my new wall unit $85

~ Junky Apple StyleWriter 1200 printer $20


~ 8000 btu GE air conditioner with temp-control, 3-speed fan, variable exhaust (I also have a 6200 but I ain’t selling that one) $200 *

~ Toaster oven $15 *

~ 20″ RCA TV $40 (good sound, picture bleeds a bit off left edge) *

Contact me for more information or to set up a visit/cut a deal.

Just one

I am not a fan of financial shilling on a personal Web site. I don’t have a PayPal donation link or an Amazon tip jar or a wish list (although I can nod embarrasedly toward the growing wedding registries that appear elsewhere on this site).

That said, if there’s one gift I’d ask for, something that I should buy but haven’t, a gift I don’t need and wouldn’t use often but would be cheery and proud to own, an item where the creator deserves a thank-you and a few dollars for the effort, it’s Sam Brown’s Wish for something better (third item). Exploding Dog remains fascinating, enduring, and wonderful.

P.S. I dig the “original shirt” too.

Weekend redux

Rockport, Mass., Saturday, 2 p.m.: Buy fried clams from Roy Moore, cooked to perfection.

Essex, Mass., Saturday, 8 p.m.: Drive past Woodman’s and Farnham’s, the originators of the fried Ipswitch clam, each with a long line out the door. Lick lips and pat belly knowingly.

The New York Times, Wednesday: The Deep-Fried Truth About Ipswich Clams. “The legend of Ipswich fried clams continues,” writes the Times reporter. “Why?” One trip to Cape Ann answers that question for good.

Staying away

Like a jilted lover ignoring the phone when it rings, I am slowly but surely losing my baseball fanaticism.

Bill Simmons of ESPN proposes a fans’ strike against baseball. Technically, it would be a boycott, not a strike. But he’s right.

I have been offered Yankee tickets twice this month and turned down both offers. Normally, I’d make room for a ballgame; lately, my alternate plans have become more important, and not because they’re big, pressing engagements.

I would rather not go to Yankee Stadium right now. I don’t want to give Major League Baseball my money.

Take this for what it is. I’m not protesting; I’m not making noise. I have posted lots of baseball-related links this season. I remain a fan in my heart, and I still love the game.

What I don’t love is the business of baseball, the looming deadlines and the worthless negativity. In the labor talks, I don’t care who’s arguing about what; I am an avowed reader of sports business columns, yet I can’t bring myself to follow the strike news.

I no longer know who I think is right, and I no longer care. All I know is that the yapping has drained my interest in the season. I have stopped reading box scores. I rarely turn on a ballgame when I’m watching TV. I don’t know any Yankee pitcher’s ERA. And I’m not all that concerned.

Baseball is far and away my favorite sport. But it’s no longer the focus of my sports life. I have golf and NBA free-agent deals right now; in a few weeks I’ll have football and hockey games on TV.

Like a jilted lover ignoring the phone when it rings, I am slowly but surely losing my baseball fanaticism. It makes me sad, but it also makes things easier. If and when the strike hits, I will say, “Well, there you go,” instead of, “Oh, no.” Either way, I’m not giving the sport my money or my marketing-ready eyes and ears.

Maybe someday baseball will matter to me again. I hope it does. And I hope for Baseball’s sake the average fan’s disillusionment is somewhat less than mine.

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