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Almost Run Over By A Lawn Mower

A Wife's Introduction to the ''Swap Meet'' Circuit

| March/April 1998

13012N, Mill Road Spokane, Washington 99218

For several years my husband has dreamed of our attending some of the larger swap meets as soon as we 'were 'free' from our responsibilities as community college instructors. His enthusiasm for attending these swap meets was fueled by the numerous smaller ones we were able to attend on weekends and in the summers, so when the time arrived last June for us to begin a new phase of our lives called 'retirement,' the first thing he said to me was 'next May we will be able to attend the Portland, Indiana, and the Waukee, Iowa, swap meets!! Won't that just be great?' (Oh, sure!)

When we found that we could couple these two swap meets with an antique gas engine auction in Minnesota, he was in seventh heaven.

We loaded the camper, hooked up the horse trailer (because it's the only trailer we have, and how would we get all our purchases home without a trailer, honey?), withdrew from our savings account for all those purchases, and took off.

The auction in Minnesota was held on a beautiful farm; everything was clean and we were provided with a nice pasture in which to camp overnight. The next morning, as the auction progressed, I noticed that No. 112 (my husband's number) was being called out frequently, and by the end of the afternoon when we were loading' our 'things,' we noticed that our trailer was approaching three-quarters full, and we still had two swap meets to go! What a great time we were having already!!

We greeted relatives and did a little sightseeing as we journeyed to the first swap meet at Portland, Indiana. We arrived and were anxious to start 'swap -ping.' Actually, we were only buying, not swapping, but you get the idea. As my husband located an appropriate place for the camper for the evening, I checked out the bathroom situation very nice, clean, flushers and plenty of stalls. I'm impressed!! Maybe this won't be so bad after all.


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