The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Too Late by Mere Seconds


At the flea market yesterday I came upon a man asking the seller what he wanted for the item in his hand.  $3 said the seller.  The buyer offered him $2 and the seller said okay.  I've been just sick over this all day long.  Even if it didn't work or some parts were missing, I don't care.  It would look marvelous sitting in my collectibles cabinet, the brass polished up to a high sheen.  
This is the true classic in backpacker's stoves.

The Primus Stove

Yes, it looked exactly like this, same condition minus the holders to rest your pot on.
Maybe I wouldn't even have cleaned it up.






11 comments:

  1. Sometimes you have to decide quick, bad luck.

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  2. I cannot tell you how many times I have acted too slowly! Very frustrating!

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  3. Sop sorry you missed out on it John... they really are nice to look at..Oh! and cook on.

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  4. Another one will show up, maybe even better, or cheaper!

    As my old Irish mother used to say, no crying over spilt milk!

    Jo

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  5. My aunt cooked on one of these types of stoves. Her's might have been a bit bigger. They put out a lot of heat. Most of them were not problematic, if memory serves me right.

    The one you have displayed is a beautiful specimen. Even if you don't polish it, the stove with the patina would be worth displaying.

    I wonder if your photograph, nicely framed, wouldn't be a nice object to display. Know what I mean?

    Peace :)

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  6. ...he who hesitates. Never mind John, another little treasure will find you

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  7. Ah, takes me back to my scouting days when we used to use these thing. Great little cookers but the number of time we got it wrong and ended up with a 3 foot pillar of fire coming from it was no mans' business. It's a wonder we didn't burn down the scout hall!

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