May 26, 2021

I wonder if I could earn my keep by selling my drawings on eBay?

  • I would need to learn how to draw. I am giving this task an honest effort. As I’ve mentioned before, I am dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to ‘drawing practice’. I follow Rich Graysonn’s Udemy courses. I like his teaching style. Hopefully, if I develop a drawing skill I believe I will be able to sell prints at a few dollars each. I would only need to earn enough to cover my living expenses, which, if I live in a van, would be minimal I assume.
  • I would need to learn how to sell stuff on eBay. It probably isn’t that hard to do, but certainly there is a method to it, how to attract buyers, and to keep people buying, things like that which make a difference. Of course, that means that I will need to turn out the art on a consistent, regular schedule, which also means that I need to learn how to draw in a style that people want spend their disposable income on. This is an example. And, this is another example.

I have also considered living in a van and earning my keep by developing a You Tube channel. I watch several people who dwell in vans and seem to earn a living by posting videos on their channel, gathering views to generate ad revenue. Of course, I don’t know much about earning a living on You Tube while living in a van, that is probably something you just-need-to-do to know how to do it. Bob Wells is a good example.

I watch the Unstoppable Morgan You Tube Channel. She seems to have the required mix of personality, good looks and circumstances for a successful You Tube channel. While watching this video she mentioned that it is important to give people something to watch while holding and squeezing her boobs. If I had her set I would probably do the same. But, I don’t, I’m an old fat white man so there is nothing I can offer by way of physical attributes.

Nikon W300 time lapse, May 25, 2021, looking south from the back yard.

I was Sniped

I watched this auction for the last 5 days. I placed my bid shortly after the auction was listed. I checked on it every day, multiple times a day to see if I was the highest bidder.

I was for all those days.

Ebay thoughtfully sent a reminder to my phone five minutes before the auction ended. I signed onto the account and watched the seconds tick down to 3, 2, 1.

Cool, I won this auction for a price that I thought was an extreme discount as my max bid was 100% beyond the starting bid.

I was excited to win this auction. After all, it’s been five days.

I was the sole bidder while the auction was online. I had a hard time believing that I was the only bidder. Certainly there were other interested people. The item was a vintage photo from the early 50’s and selling for less than the price of a pint of my favorite IPA.

I had fallen in love with this photo, imaging who the people were and what had become of their lives. I am developing an enthusiasm for vintage photos and have already purchased several from eBay.

A friend asked what I do with these vintage photos of people I will never know. I replied and said that a printed photo needs to be saved, if possible, so the memory of these people is persevered, even if I don’t know them, even if I am the only one who remembers, even though I never knew them.

Plus, I included, I scan the photo and add it to the slide show and my digital hoard. And, just to be transparent, the girls are cute in these photos and the cars are new and the homes are antique.

I told him I looked forward to adding this photo to my “collection” as I was clearly the winner in this auction. He walked away and mumbled something. I couldn’t decipher but maybe I heard ‘loser’.

When the counter ticked to zero the “You’re the highest bidder” statement was replaced with “you’ve been outbid”.

Seriously … at the very last moment … the very last second.

WTF. I was watching. How could this happen. Is this legal? Who would do this? I’ve been in this auction since the beginning. I was the only bidder. I’ve devoted time and emotion to this.

I had heard of “sniping” only through the Weird Al parody song “Ebay”. I can recite the lyrics if needed. I thought it was a myth.

I’ve lost a few auctions at the last minute, some that I was watching but didn’t have the ability to bid again. But, those auctions didn’t rise my blood pressure like this one where I lost at the zero second and there was absolutely no time to react. And, maybe I had fallen in love with the photo, maybe with the girls in the photo. That’s what losers like me do when they bid on eBay I heard someone say.

After I calmed down, I looked up the reasons why you can lose an auction at the last millisecond. And, now, I have some new strategies.

Lost The Auction

Yesterday, I shared how I stumbled onto an original oil painting that I needed to own. It was selling on eBay and I placed a bid and eventually won the auction. I also tuned into two other original paintings created by the same artist that I also wanted to own. So I placed bids in those auctions.

The euphoria from winning the first auction was a pleasant rush. And so, I wanted to feel that rush again and win the next two auctions.

However, I was outbid in both auctions.

Since I wasn’t monitoring in real time I didn’t realize I was outbid in both auctions until I turned on the computer this morning and read the emails. By then the auctions had ended.

Bummer.

This could be a learning experience. If I continue with eBay auction, maybe I should download the eBay app and monitor auctions over the phone when I’m not in front of a computer.  Or maybe I should have a better ‘maximum bid’ strategy. Or maybe I shouldn’t get all worked up for the resulting rush of winning an auction.


Googly Pet

I did receive a package in the mail yesterday. It was a Googly Pet. I bought this happy little creature from Amazon. How can you not smile with this squishy hairy lion!

A Googly Pet arrived in the mail on March 28, 2017, from Amazon.

A Googly Pet arrived in the mail on March 28, 2017, from Amazon.


Calories for Tuesday March 28, 2017

I ended the day at 1,851 calories. That is 241 calories above my 1,610 calorie target. I had the usual Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, a rather large glass of Samuel Adams Rebel IPA (on tap) and a rather large grilled chicken salad for dinner.

The beer was 396 calories for its 24 ounces of mental and hoppy goodness. If I only had 12 ounces of the Rebel IPA the calories would have been only 198. Even so, I still would have been over my daily target. In this case, the only way I could have stayed under the daily target would to have cut out the beer entirely and choose a calorie free soft drink or water.

I did have 421 calories of exercise (from 100 minutes of walking) that could offset the 1,851 eating calories. Had I applied the exercise calories to the eating calories I would have been under the daily target by 180 calories. However, I choose not to ‘eat’ my exercise calories.

I did drink the beer, though.


Exercising This Morning

I started walking at 5:05 am (Wednesday 3/29). I walked a mile (one lap around the neighborhood) and then started the Week 2 Day 3 of the C25K program. I finished the ‘run’ (actually a run 90 seconds – walk 90 seconds – 3x) with an average pace of 14:14 with a total distance of 1.95 miles.

It was an enjoyable time. Quiet, warm at 54°F. Sort of gave me an energetic morning boost.

I’m looking forward to the day when I can run a 5K again.


Wishing everyone a great and happy day !!

Highest Bidder

I recently stumbled into ebay. Of course, I’ve known about eBay since it’s inception so long ago. Yet, I’ve never felt the need or desire to buy or bid.

Until recently my only experience with eBay was about 14 years ago. I placed a rather high bid on an old Wollensak tape recorded. I was going to buy it and give it to my dad as a Christmas gift. He had a Wollensak when he was a kid.

The bid was high. High enough that no one else would probably want to pay that price. Yet, as I learn later, the ability to ‘snipe’ was aggressive on that auction. While I watched the final seconds tick away my bid was outplayed by a $.05 higher bid. There was no time to place another bid. I was devastated as my unique Christmas gift to my Dad was bought by someone else.

I never returned to eBay after that experience.

Of course, I was naive. And, I was not willing to spend the time or money, nor did I have the desire to learn how to successfully move through an eBay auction. My only connection to eBay afterwards was Weird Al’s eBay song from his Poodle Hat CD.

Yet, I recently stumbled onto a painting that I wanted to buy. It was selling on an eBay auction. Even with my long past bad experience, I thought I would take another plunge into the world of eBay and so I placed a bid. I placed what I consider to be a fair bid, the money I was willing to spend on this painting. It was a small abstract. It fit my mood and depression at the time. That is why I was eager to own it.

Bad screen shot of a painting that I purchased from an eBay auction. Painting by Claire McElveen.

Bad screen shot of a painting that I purchased from an eBay auction. Painting by Claire McElveen. Her web site is http://www.mcelveenstudioart.com.

The auction was ending a few hours after I placed my bid. Later that evening I received a confirmation email that I was the ‘winner’. I did a happy dance.

The painting should arrive in the mail this week.


Calories for Monday, March 27, 2017

I ended the day at 1,491 calories. That is slightly below my 1,610 target by 119 calories. Although, it wasn’t my best eating day. I had a Slim Fast shake for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch, two Zombie Dust bottles of beer for ‘cocktail’ hour and a chucked chicken salad for dinner. I suppose the two bottles of Zombie Dust (2 x 190 = 360 calories) wasn’t the best choice but they were so good.


Exercise for Monday, March 27, 2017

I was able to exercise. I believe it was the first time in five days that I felt energetic enough to do some exercise. I walked a total of four miles. During the for miles I was able to get in a C25K session, Week 2 Day 2. So, I walked and ran, although the running was about 6 minutes spread over 28 minutes. Yet, it was enough for me at the moment.


Wishing everyone a great day !!