We interrupt this weblog for some commercial messages. Well, quasi-commercial, since HinesSight is not supported by any dependable source of income, in the traditional writer’s spirit. I’ve just built up a small stack of items that are calling out to be publicized, and want to shut up those annoying little voices from the pieces of paper on the rug beside my desk. Plus, I want to stop rolling over them every time I push my chair away to get another snack, or take a nap, after laboring at my literary projects for the usual half hour or so at a stretch. (The financial return of independent writing is shitty, but you can’t beat the working conditions.)
Vintage Silverton home for sale. I start with this item, because this home is listed for $595,000, and it certainly seems like I should get, oh, 2% or such if I find a buyer for Jim and Ruth Lizotte. These friends of ours had the utterly wonderful idea of moving to Ashland, Oregon, the coolest city to live in, in the coolest state to live in. This is why they need to sell their 49 acre farm outside of Silverton, and the 1899 (nicely remodeled/updated) home that sits on the property. When you make an offer, be sure to tell them that Brian brokered the deal, and demand that I get the commission before any papers are signed. Prospective buyers can email or call me to discuss kickback details. I promise we won’t let any legal niceties get in the way of both of us receiving some healthy $$$ out of this deal. If God isn’t going to grace me with a
-Cooper, I’m going to have to get one by means fair or foul.
“Diagnosis Unknown” e-book for sale. Randy Smith wrote “Diagnosis Unknown” and got it published by Hampton Roads in 1997. The book is now out of print (join my club, Randy), and the rights have reverted to the author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the print version, and I’m not just saying that because Laurel and I like to stay with Randy and Linda when we go to Ashland, and because they have a neat guest cottage within walking distance of downtown and the Shakespeare Center (not that we ever go to plays, but we go to clothing stores, and bookstores).
This is a story of how Randy and Linda struggled to figure out what was causing Linda’s mysterious medical problems, and how they journeyed through a fascinating labyrinth of traditional and alternative health practitioners. “Diagnosis Unknown” comes to some conclusions that will surprise you, especially if you’re as skeptical about the claims of alternative medicine types as I am. But it is thought-provoking and entertaining, all that a book should be.
Get your DVR, free, free, free! I am the proud possessor of two ClubDISH Gift Cards that the Dish Network tells me I may present to my friends, family or neighbors. I assume that complete strangers are fine also. As related in my April 17 posting, I am an ecstatic convert to the Digital Video Recorder (DVR), which, sadly, has been renamed from the Personal Video Recorder that I bought some months back, because I love to call it my PerVerR, which has such a nice salacious ring to it. The first two requestees of these cards get: a free Dish Network premium satellite TV system with up to 2 free receivers, including a DVR receiver; free standard professional installation; a $50 credit on your first bill (OK, $49.99); plus 3 free months of the $49.99 Value Pak, whatever the heck that is. Oh, and me? I get $60 in programming credits for each dear friend, or complete stranger who instantly will become a dear friend, who signs up.