...and crafting a purposeful recovery

Oooops, I did it again

I did a bad thing.  Well, maybe not bad, but probably ill-advised.  I bought another trailer.  A Spartan, naturally.  I am not exactly sure what happened.  It was all so fast.  One minute I am casually scouring the Internet for vintage trailers and the next, I am bidding on a 1948 Spartanette…in Pennsylvania, no less.  I was kind of fooling around at the time, surfing the web and lamenting via text with a fellow Spartophile* the increasing scarcity of these gems, when BOOM I am actually bidding on Ebay.  Initially it was a throw-away bid, ridiculously low and, as it turned out, below the seller’s reserve price.  So, my curiousity getting the better of me, I bid again and again, ever-upward in search of that reserve.  I found it with a bid I figured would never last.  With 3 plus days still to go, I was sure I would be out bid.  So I waited and watched, going about my business, confident that I would not be making the drive to Clearview, PA anytime soon.  Well, by yesterday afternoon my bid was still on top.  In fact, mine were the only bids registered.  How could that be?  What was I overlooking?  Had I made a terrible mistake?  These thoughts raced through my mind as I pulled my truck to the curb to watch Ebay and see if my bid remained as time elapsed.  Suddenly, at the stroke of 6:32pm PDT I received an email, “You won!”.  Holy crap…now what?  As I now type these words, it is the morning after.

There is a suffix of Greek origin called “itis”.  Wikipedia describes it as a “reference to a tendency or state of mind that is compared to a disease.”.  Commonly, it is found in medical parlance.  Like diverticulitis, for example.  It is similar to the suffix “ism” (e.g. alcoholism) which denotes a pathological condition, among other things.

When I lived in Seattle I owned a boat.  I met other boat owners, a mildly twisted breed, and became familiar with a term called “two foot-itis”, a disease whereupon you lust after a boat two feet longer than your current one.   Naturally, as boats get longer they get wider and with that girth comes more stuff – furnishings, electronics, doohikies and doodads galore.  The attendant cost increase is non-linear.   Before I pulled the trigger on a 35′ live-aboard I was spared a total manifestation of this illness by moving back to California.  Whew!

As I reflect upon this notion of itis, I realize I have suffered from other such afflictions in my life.  In high school my quasi-obsession was stereo equipment and I suppose the medical term for that was “watt-itis”, a never-ending quest for louder and more pristine fidelity.  That particular infection ended with 200 watts per channel, the shifting priorities of marriage and a minor, though noticeable, hearing loss.

I guess I should have seen coming this recently contracted case of traileritis.  It was predictable but came much sooner than practical.  I have so much more work remaining on Sparta.  How will I get this Spartanette to California?  What is her actual condition?  Where will I put it?  Details better left to the unafflicted…


*I think you can blame the 1911 Britannica for that one. Or an extreme Spartophile. –Akhilleus (talk) 07:31, 24 February 2007 (UTC)


  1. website

    Hi! I know this is kind of off tooic but I
    was wondering which bllg platform are you using for
    this site? I’m geetting tired of WordPress because I’ve hadd problems with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be fantastic if yoou could point me in the direction of a good platform.


    Winning inn masin casino video games largely will depend on taking right opportunity at proper time.

    Even gamblers who don’t usually play fruit machines
    ought to give the reels of the recent Shot Progressive
    video slot a few spins. The Park Lane casino, which featured within the 1962 James Bond movie Dr No,
    wejt on tto claim thatt the Sheik had an in depth ‘tariff card’ throughout his 26 years as a member

  2. Porn Service in Waterdown

    It appears that you obviously have a real ability for creating original content. I definitely agree with your way of thinking. Thanks for publishing this.

  3. webpage

    Wow, marvelous blkog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone
    the content!
    Bodybuilder muscolare webpage qualità

  4. web site

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally
    I have found something which helped me. Thank you!

    web site

    Many on-linecasinos have graphics which make it seem llike you are really walking round inside a casino
    and chat features let you work together with different gamers as inn
    the event yyou were actually standing next to them,
    eady on your subsequent blackjack card to be dealt.
    Now, there are lots of bonuses that serve many functions, but yyou can’t avail of all
    the bonuses for any given casino website att one time, so you must intentionally select
    the bonus or bonuses that you’ll avail. In ann trade whewre there
    are literally thousands of online casinos, it is sensible to look out for eCOGRA casinos and stick to them.

  5. sell my home

    1333 986463Thanks for some other informative blog. Where else may I am getting that kind of info written in such an ideal means? 745858

  6. ตู้ล่าม

    528634 877708Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. In concept I would like to spot in writing such as this moreover – spending time and actual effort to create a exceptional article but so what can I say I procrastinate alot by way of no indicates find a method to go completed. 673422

  7. kardinal stick

    31902 550631Some genuinely excellent weblog posts on this internet website , regards for contribution. 832430

  8. fa thor shirt

    I got this site from my pal who shared with me regarding this website and now this time I am visiting this web site and reading very informative articles at this time.|

  9. we just did 46 hat official

    certainly like your website however you need to test the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I’ll surely come back again.|

  10. design your own cornhole

    213971 969868I gotta favorite this internet site it seems handy really useful 187813

  11. Travel Expense Software

    384060 229163You completed certain great points there. I did searching on the topic matter and identified most persons will go together with your weblog 904597

  12. Regression Testing

    221176 382077Highest quality fella toasts, or toasts. will most certainly be given birth to product or service ? from the party therefore supposed to become surprising, humorous coupled with enlightening likewise. very best man speaches 2892

  13. web page

    Apprciate the recommendation. Let me try it out.
    web page

  14. passive atmospheric water generator

    Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?|

  15. เงินด่วนอุบล2018

    426883 193647An incredibly fascinating go by way of, I may not concur entirely, however you do make some actually legitimate factors. 801812

  16. backwood pajamas

    879225 818883Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I believe I learned a lot more from this post. Im really glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there. 212319

  17. 만화보는사이트

    317213 14517I believe other site owners should take this site as an model, very clean and wonderful user pleasant pattern . 978656

  18. kitchens with black appliances

    I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for
    this information for my mission. https://stackoverflow.com/users/story/14859030?newreg=5c3e42dc89874e9da8c4810ef5f533b8&_=1

  19. nằm mơ thấy ốc đánh con gì

    964951 526678Hello! I just wish to give a huge thumbs up for the excellent info youve gotten right here on this post. I will likely be coming back to your weblog for much more soon. 743171

  20. situs judi online

    Good day very nice website!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb ..

    I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds
    also? I am happy to search out so many useful
    information here in the post, we’d like work out more strategies on this
    regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  21. tinycat99

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an nervousness over that
    you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case
    you shield this increase.

  22. webpage

    Thanks for another wonderful article. Where else may anybody get that type
    of information in such a perfect means of writing?
    I’ve a presentation nesxt week, and I’m at the search for such

  23. berkey

    Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Superb blog by the way!|

  24. mơ thấy quả bưởi đánh con gì

    388746 869989very nice post, i truly love this internet internet site, carry on it 580997

  25. web page

    I am now not positive the place you arre getting your information, but good topic.

    I ndeds to spend a while learning much more or understanding more.
    Thank you for wonderful info I was searching for this info
    for my mission.
    аккумуляторы автомобильные киев web page
    купить аккумулятор в Днепропетровске

  26. mơ thấy chó đẻ

    193804 109113Sounds like some thing a lot of baby boomers really should study. The feelings of neglect are there in many levels when a single is over the hill. 544339

  27. decksplate.com

    401127 490210Hi there! Excellent stuff, please do tell me when you finally post something like that! 677976

  28. Cannabis Oil Shop

    559817 985191Following examine a couple of of the weblog posts on your site now, and I actually like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site list and shall be checking once more soon. Pls try my internet site online as properly and let me know what you feel. 302998

  29. mơ uống rượu đánh con gì

    295231 345132hey, your internet web site is outstanding. We do appreciate your function 323534

  30. web hosting

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before
    but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely pleased I found it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  31. black mass

    Excellent article. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..

  32. black mass

    Excellent article! We are linking to this particularly great article on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

  33. cheap flights

    Excellent article. Keep posting such kind of info on your site.

    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and
    in my view recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from
    this website. 34pIoq5 cheap flights

  34. website hosting companies

    Great article, totally what I was looking for.

  35. cheap flights

    My brother recommended I may like this website. He was once
    entirely right. This put up truly made my day. You cann’t
    consider simply how so much time I had spent for this info!
    Thanks! cheap flights 2CSYEon

  36. cheap flights

    I all the time used to read piece of writing in news papers but now
    as I am a user of web thus from now I am using net for articles
    or reviews, thanks to web. 32hvAj4 cheap

  37. web hosting service

    If you would like to get a great deal from this article then you
    have to apply such methods to your won website.

  38. best web hosting

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your
    blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement
    you access consistently quickly.

  39. website hosting companies

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website
    yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond as
    I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u
    got this from. appreciate it

  40. web hosting sites

    each time i used to read smaller content that also clear their motive, and that is also happening with
    this paragraph which I am reading at this place.

  41. best web hosting sites

    I love looking through an article that can make men and
    women think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

  42. best web hosting

    I blog often and I truly thank you for your content.
    This great article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to book mark your
    website and keep checking for new information about once
    per week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

  43. website hosting services

    I’m pretty pleased to find this great site.
    I need to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!!

    I definitely appreciated every little bit of it and I have
    you saved to fav to check out new things in your site.

  44. gotogate

    I visited multiple websites however the audio quality for
    audio songs existing at this web site is truly marvelous.

  45. cheap airline tickets

    Awesome post.

  46. scotts cheap flights

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of
    valuable know-how on the topic of unexpected feelings.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.