Friday, February 08, 2008

A Teapot Train

Saying for the day-“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”-Albert Einstein

Yesterday Betty and I packed up another group of G scale trains for sale on eBay. I have gotten better at leaving go of this part of my life. But yesterday was really hard. We decided to sell one of the three fantasy G scale trains that Betty and I had created some years ago. It was special because we didn’t buy it we built it.
We had gone to a big train show and we saw a fantasy train there. This was a train with a fairy tale theme. It was unlike any train we had ever seen. It was also priced well beyond our budget. So we decided to build our own. Now that was an interesting decision from two people with almost no creative talent. We weren’t artists or
very good with mechanical things. But not having much money and a real desire for a fantasy train we ignored all that.
Out of that came our “Teapot Train”. The engine is being driven by a teapot and all the cars are dishes. It was pure fantasy.
People would stop into our outside layout and the first thing they would say is “ Where did you get that train?” I would say , “ O! Betty made it.”
A number of people offered to buy it but we weren’t selling. I hope they see it on eBay so we get a decent price.
It’s hard to sell something you created. It’s like letting go of one of your children. But what must be must be.
We still have the frog train.

####News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is just a little strange. Big “No More Trees” party planned for the Fly Inn tonight. Two of the regulars get to tell over and over how they fooled three soldiers from Homeland Security. They used a machine put together by Tommy UK and a script he gave them. They really liked the part about the whole thing being classified and that they were never there. They came away with the original box and left a rather poor replica. But then there wasn’t much light in the tree so you can’t blame the General for being fooled.
Over at Last Lutheran there will also be a celebration. This the official Pigeon Falls No Trees celebration. Mayor Trumble is going to present Charlie with a hero’s medal on behalf of the town. Vicki East has written a sort of a ballad for the occasion. Charlie, of course , is the hero and the trees and the General are the villains.
The General and his soldiers have returned to Homeland Security. Before he left Petrovich explained to him that Tommy UK had arranged to have a live feed of the meeting fed to the three national networks. All three had chosen to air the part where the General called Charlie a retard and threatened to knock Tommy UK’s teeth out while wearing his special dress uniform. Petrovich told the General this would be a good time to resign for health reasons before the army demoted him and assigned him a desk someplace where he won’t be seen.
So life in Pigeon Falls is back to normal.

Today's Link-Sugarfused-A Sign of Spring ?
A good day today. Breathing wasa good. We went shopping. My son and grandsons come tonight. What more can one ask?Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Janvangogh said...

My that Tommy UK is an amazing kid. I think his initials should be changed from UK to BW -- Boy Wonder.

BTW, did the blast get rid of all the trees or just the duplicate ones?

6:46 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

It is always hard parting with something that has much sentimental value. I am sure whoever purchases the "Teapot Train" will know it's value more than just the price they paid for it and will take good care of it.

A wonderful Blessed Weekend is wished for you and Betty.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I hope you posted that train as "one of a kind".

Tommy UK is certainly one of a kind as well.

As are you, Dr. John -- one of the very best kind!

9:47 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Hope that the person that gets your trains realize how special they truly are.

You can tell that they were made with love.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Worldman said...

I fully agree, it must be hard to separate from these trains. Indeed, something one has bought can be gotten rid of at a time or another. But if one has put passion, patience and pleasure in creating something, it is difficult to take this decision.

8:03 PM  

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