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Post by nimbleboy » March 3rd 2023, 7:28pm

Greetings and salutations fellow watchers,

As you probably do not know, I am someone who actively tries to influence my corner of the world in a positive way. I do not care two whits about what one does for a living; I am the sort of lunatic who does all my judging on the basis of character. That said, I work mainly as an instructor and occasionally as a driver for the primary transit agency in the Twin Cities, MN, USA. That means I work with, work for, and meet a cross-section of nearly the entire Twin Cities. The doctor I used to take to work at a hospital was anomalous, but she exists. The fellow who passed out onto his plate of assorted slices of cheesecake is more representative of the people I meet when I drive. Notably, same route. (Fortunately for him, I saw the inevitable body-shift during naptime coming and wrapped that plastic platter of delight in a plastic bag.) Flattened cheesecake tastes the same as pre-flattened cheesecake, and I hope you can trust my judgement of character enough to believe presentation wasn’t high on his requirements for caloric intake. I prefer the city (inner-city, really) routes because I believe my smile might be the only one the people getting on my bus see all day. Yikes! I realize I sound insufferable. Honestly, I probably am insufferable. Not just probably. My partner is a bus driver and she gets tired of my exhortations to "let it go." Admittedly, I'm not a pretty white lady, so she experiences a lot more bullshit than I ever will.

I've been dirt poor. I grew up in a family with a one-teacher income for most of my life. We weren't poor, but we were just getting by. I went to college to be a teacher. Throughout the course of getting that degree, I paid attention to my parents' experiences as teachers (by then, my mom had gone back to teaching). Yeah, I saw all those helicopter parents coming a mile away. No thank you very much. So I spent the '90s working in restaurants in South Dakota and Iowa. If you need a reason to lose faith in people, that's as good a recipe as any. Then I thought I figured me out and went to school to be a librarian. Basically, I spent the '90s with no money and in crippling debt.

Jumping ahead a decade or two, a couple years ago, I got into a relationship with a multi-millionaire who said she was going to marry me and spirit me away to Scotland? Colorado? Who knows... Are you familiar with love-bombing and all that entails? I wasn’t, but I am now. Holy crap, I dodged a very lovely, very smart, messed-up bullet. And for a moment, I glimpsed a life I’ll never see again.

So around the turn of the millennium, I figured out I didn’t want to work in a library. But I learned a lot of important things in library school that have gotten me where I am now. So far, so good. I drove some buses, I got tired of looking at the same old Citizen, I googled “is Invicta good” or some such thing, and ended up at WatchLords. I’ll forever be thankful to this gruff-but-lovable crew for teaching me all about something new.

Anyway, when I go to work I have a lot of responsibilities, and even though I’ve done everything I can to avoid responsibility my whole life, my duties are manageable- even enjoyable. When I come home, I have plenty of responsibilities and I’m slowly learning (as a mid-50s guy) to be a good partner.

I enjoy a decent income with what I assume is an average amount of debt. Bottom line- I’m a middle-class, fairly unremarkable guy who looks forward to going to work 98% of the time. I have enough friends and I am confident that I am a net positive to the universe.

This is, of course, leading to the concept of karma. I understand that it took a long time for me to get here. You’re 110% forgiven for skipping to the photos.

I don’t think much about karma. I’m a protestanty/agnosticy/prolly atheist who is happy with trying to follow the Golden Rule. However.

I might reconsider the notion of karma. I’ve been on the receiving end of some pretty nice watch karma, and I believed I have the goods, the intention, and the means to send that lovely vibe back into the universe. Until now.

I responded to a plea from a forum member desperate to find homes for a number of nice-looking watches. I have no earthly idea what said forum member might have done to incur the wrath of the universe such that the re-homing of a number of beautiful watches might cover their karmic deficit. Or is it, I wonder, a long shot at building up enough universal harmony to skate through some future unknown-to-the-rest-of-us moral failing or catastrophe? We may never know.

I’ve had enough whiskey to call this a post. Look at this beauty of a watch. Is it a zombie? Sure. Do I care? Hahaha! No way! I got a taste for this style early on in my watch trek… but I’ve never saved enough for a vintage Kon Tiki and this scratches that itch in a huge way. Miyota nine thousand something… perfect. Damn, I love this thing! And the bracelet is soooo cool. 

What did I pay for this? Nothing.

What?!? Yeah. Nothing.

Despite spending much of my life doing the worse-off people around me a solid, I still think I owe the universe a lot. And I’m fairly infatuated with this watch. I had no idea. (To be fair, I’ve worn it one whole day.)

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And then, to exacerbate the horological joyride, my mysterious (only to few here, I’m sure) benefactor included another perfectly glorious watch in the package. Holy shit. As I have already demonstrated, I’m speechless.

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Anyway, if any of you find yourself in Minneapolis with time to kill, message me and I’ll show you a good time, especially if you like pinball and/or rock and roll.

 Cheers, and thanks a million to You Who Deserves It.
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Post by jason_recliner » March 3rd 2023, 9:23pm

I got no idea what's going on but that's one hell of a post, one hell of a review (?), one hell of a kind action by somebody (on here, presumably), just great. Never heard of Newmark but that's a tidy dressy diver - sapphire bezel?

Enjoy the h-e-double-hockey-sticks out of it!
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Post by Mark1 » March 3rd 2023, 9:35pm

Nice story. It is reassuring to see when good things happen for good people.
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Post by Nuvolari » March 4th 2023, 2:54pm

I agree with Smellody’s agreement…

I really appreciate your positive demeanor because, like karma, it can often be contagious!

Great post. Time to cue up The Who, grab a roll of quarters, and get this man a pitcher of the house IPA🍺
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Re: instant karma

Post by Thunder1 » March 4th 2023, 4:01pm

Nuvolari wrote:
March 4th 2023, 2:54pm
I agree with Smellody’s agreement…

I really appreciate your positive demeanor because, like karma, it can often be contagious!

Great post. Time to cue up The Who, grab a roll of quarters, and get this man a pitcher of the house IPA🍺
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Post by Hawk » March 6th 2023, 7:11pm

Nice wartches, excellent post.

I should probably be more familiar with karma than I am what with being married to a Buddhist and all. But I got a late start. Should have started decades earlier. I’ve even got a brother in law in a Buddhist monastery but he’s an employee which probably provides the same amount of expertise as an atheist janitor working in a Franciscan seminary. Which is to say, not much.

I’ve grown enamored of Japanese rock, Japanese single malt and Japanese watches all of which suggests I was born at the wrong time in the wrong place. Well, maybe not, if one considers the boomer rockers pining for Black Sabbath that fill the BandMaid concerts. Rock never died - it just reincarnated in the East.

I guess we’re never too old to learn.

But yeah, one does develop an appreciation for philosophies not one’s own. Even if it comes 4 decades too late.
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Post by AlbertaTime » March 6th 2023, 7:27pm

To nimbleboy: Wunnerful, wunnerful!!

To Hawk, re: "I’ve grown enamored of Japanese rock, Japanese single malt and Japanese watches all of which suggests I was born at the wrong time in the wrong place. "

I understand, probably more than most :-)
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Post by Hawk » March 22nd 2023, 5:10pm

smellody wrote:
March 19th 2023, 3:37pm
bbattle wrote:
March 19th 2023, 3:27pm
Japanese whisky is quite good. Unfortunately, the hipsters have discovered it and prices are on the rise.
Stupid hipsters. Need to get jobs.
I haven’t noticed the prices jacking up much locally. But that’s likely a function of its scarcity. If it showed up again I would probably have a stroke from the pricing.

Meanwhile my favorite band has been booked at Lalapalooza or whatever the fuck they call it. Probably won’t make it there either - I like them a lot but I don’t like them 250.00 a ticket worth for Daytona. Damn Japanese pricing is hurting all over the place.
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