He lived in his print shop, was estranged from his 5 children and lost the full use of his hands.
He soon thereafter lost his life to complications due to cardiovascular disease.
Nevertheless, when I first moved out to San Diego he took me under his wing.
He helped finance my small business ventures.
I had no money back then.
We’d meet at the Denny’s at 2203 Via De La Valle in Del Mar California.
And Tom loved business.
And he’d love teaching me about business.
He would talk for hours.
And I would listen.
One of the things he would always say to me is this . . .
Emotion plus emotion equals problem.
He would do it over and over again.
Drill it in to my head.
I’d act like I knew what he was talking about.
And I must say, back then I did not have a clue the impact these five little words could have.
I forgot Tom’s lesson a month ago.
I had seen an offer for some furniture that was located up in a Vista California storage shed.
About 40 miles from me.
There was one piece in particular, a china hutch, that I instantly fell in love with.
Harry, who was 85, was clearing out his storage locker so in the event something happened to him, it would be less of a burden on his beloved wife.
I had to hire movers.
( yes, I used Craig’s list )
I had committed to buying the 5 pieces of furniture for $1000.
I had nowhere to put all this stuff.
My wife said she did not want it at the house.
And if it was outside, it would get ruined.
So, the only option I had was to shove it all in my small little office.
The moment I saw the items up close, I fell out of love with my deal.
But I was committed.
The movers were there with the truck.
Harry had come to meet me.
This was a pain in my ass.
I had to take my entire morning to dive up to North County.
It was hot as hell.
I had to deal with these movers, Rocco and Vincent.
And now, I’ve got all this furniture piled up in my office.
It’s a mess.
But it’s not ALL bad news.
I’m confident, within time, I’ll make some money on the hutch.
But in the end, it’s not going to worth the frustration, time and effort.
So be careful when you fall in love.
Think things through . .
Before you buy . .
Before you talk . .
And before you agree.
My emotions got the best of me on this deal because I forgot Tom’s lesson.
And I don’t want the same thing to happen to you.
PS. I was able to sell one of the items, a Pearl grandfather clock.
A Chinese man named Wang Tang picked it up for $125.
He was so excited when I asked if I could take a photo of him by his new clock.
And if you want to see the photo, I’ll send it to you with a shot of all this stuff piled up on my office.
Just e-mail me and in the subject line type out in all caps . . .
WANG TANG PHOTO
And I’ll send it right over.
PPS. Tom also told me a trick when ordering ice cream at any restaurant on how to get two scoops but only pay for one.
I’ll send that to ya too.
It works every time.
Emotion plus emotion equals problem.
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How to get two scoops of ice cream for the price of one.
Here is the little ice cream trick Tom told me about . He said when you’re ordering ice cream at a Denny’s or any restaurant what you do is you order one scoop of ice cream. Double check the price and then tell the waitress to please put that in a soup bowl. And what will happen is the waitress when she is scooping the ice cream. One scoop will look so small in comparison to the size of the soup bowl that the’ll give you another scoops to fill up the bowl. Try it. It works every time.
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