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Less Than 5,000

Sunday was as good a day as any to put the frustration of the previous week behind me. John needed help setting up his table at an antiques show in New Hampshire, so my plan was to put my own struggles on hold and focus on doing whatever I could to make the day easier for John.

There was a minor problem that you could accurately describe as a small brushfire, but I stood my ground and doused it with my resolution not to let anything distract me from the fact that I was here to help John.

The antiques show was held in one of the gymnasiums of the Hampshire Hills health club and although it was still warm inside, the open doors and the wide space made for a better airflow. I spent all of my time on my feet because I had not gotten much sleep the night before and I knew that if I sat down, I’d be fast asleep. A quick walk around took care of any lethargy and it gave me a chance to see what the other vendors brought.

One of the things that stands out to me is the abundance of stereoscopes present at the show. I remember thinking that the stereoscope was a rare item and it was an item on my wish list to get to use what was basically the Gameboy of the 19th century. Now I can’t seem to go two steps without tripping on them. Although I did run into one woman who had a number of the slides and among them was a series of photos that I can only describe as “adult” in nature. It made sense to me since there are certainly video games and movies now a days that aren’t meant for children and it stands to reason that the companies that manufactured stereoscope slides would print similar materials.

At the table next to me was a gentleman who actually serviced and sold early phonographs. He even had a couple of the Cylinders that he was kind enough to play for potential customers and since I was sitting beside him, I was beside myself with the idea that some of that music, some of which contained genuine vocal artists, could very well have been recorded by Edison himself.

We sold a few things. One of the other vendors had told the organizer that he made “less than 5,000” at his table and I thought, technically we all did. So if anyone asks me how much money we made at the antiques show, or indeed any future sales related venture that I participate in, my answer is always going to be less than 5,000.

Peter Pan is Not Peter Pan if It’s Not Peter Pan

There was one last stop in Pourtsmouth, New Hampshire. This particular gentleman had an abundance of swords to the point where I wondered if I hadn’t inadvertently stumbled upon a fellow Highlander fan. When the tour of that house was over, John and I took a walk through a nearby park where we stumbled upon a stage rehearsal. SAM_0596

“Peter Pan,” I said, with a mixture of excitement and sadness that we wouldn’t get to see the actual performance.

We saw the stage before we noticed that a rehearsal was taking place.

“Do you think they’ll have someone flying?” John asked.

“Oh, definitely,” I said, pointing to the elaborate stage and gesturing to the squat brick building we had walked past earlier, where the local theater company held offices. “No self respecting theater troupe is going to stake it’s reputation one of the most beloved children’s plays and not have a Peter Pan and at least three other main characters flying

SAM_0584SAM_0587 (Not the stage in question, but taken from the park where the play was being held)

We took a walk around the park and as we were making our way back to the car, the actors were doing a rehearsal for “I’m Flying”. Sure enough, the guy playing Peter was flying all over the stage in a harness. John expressed concern that the three children, playing the Darlings, were going to be flying as well.

“Don’t worry,” I assured him. “Their parents wouldn’t have signed the waivers if this wasn’t 99% safe.”

Of course there was always something that could go wrong. But I had the feeling the kids seemed to know what they were doing and the stage managers seemed perfectly competent. This wasn’t your standard low budget high school play and Peter Pan isn’t the kind of thing you can go halfway on and expect to impress your audience.