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A Story

First, imagine that you are 63 years old. It's just about time for you to retire and kick back. After all, you've been working for almost 50 years! You deserve it! 

But the truth is that you can't afford to retire. Fortunately you work for a company that has no mandatory retirement. You can work till you drop!

But then (queue dark, foreboding music), one innocent-seeming Tuesday afternoon you get a phone call from your boss and your boss's boss with some "tough news." You learned that your company has entered Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and that they’ve chosen you (along with many many others of course) as a human sacrifice! (Queue blood-curdling scream!)

Let’s sum up your situation:

You're 63. Not the best age to find a job, would you say?

(If you're lucky, you can become a greeter at Walmart!)

For days you are 1. Seriously depressed & 2. Putting on a brave face for your family. 

You spend hour after hour with a pad of large-lined paper writing down every possible positive possibility you can imagine. When you finally put the pad aside it contains but one word—“Merde!”

 The first useful realization you have is that you need to "earn" a little cash. The second useful thought was that you should start selling stuff online—soon! But what to sell? Your only sale-able valuable is your beloved music collection—thousands of CDs and vinyl albums—the very soundtrack of your life. Naturally you digitize them first!

 "At least this will give me something to do while I try to think of something better," you say to yourself. 

And while you’re staying brave for your family and your spouse stays positive and encouraging and loving—Which seems to make it even more difficult because the odds against success at this point seem insurmountable, and the likelihood of disappointing your family almost a certainty.

 Remember what you said then? “I need to make a miracle.”

And so, it seems, you did. It occurred to you that the online-selling-thing was fun and just maybe it was the answer you were looking for! It seems that we are often looking the other way when we “trip over” the solution. And that was the way it was for you. Welcome home!

Well kind readers, if you were able to identify with and follow that journey, you’ve learned a bit about me, and discovered how, eight years later, dig/s Home Goods & Housewares was born. But before it could be even a twinkle in my eye, there were years of selling on Amazon and eBay and many ups and downs of course. I could recite a litany of mistakes I made, and there were some doozies(!), but I’ll spare you that. It's how we learn I'm afraid.

So here we are eight birthdays later. But dig/s Home Goods & Housewares is finally a reality—a bouncing baby made of bits & bites, just screaming to live and love—and it will continue to be a work of love as long I'm able!

I invite you to join me and my team (actually just my wife Susan and I and a few virtual assistants) for the next leg of the journey. I want to make it fun, interesting and valuable for you; and fun, interesting and profitable for us. 

 So please, jump right into our dig/s. I promise that you can find beautiful and useful Housewares, home goods, and cool stuff for your digs, right here!

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In the meantime, we wish you peace and happiness!

Oh, and for your pleasure, here’s a moment of Galatic humor:

"Now?" inquired Deep Thought.

"Yes! Now..."

"All right," said the computer, and settled into silence again. The two men fidgeted. The tension was unbearable.

"You're really not going to like it," observed Deep Thought.

"Tell us!"

"All right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..."

"Yes..!"

"Of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought.

"Yes...!"

"Is..." said Deep Thought, and paused.

"Yes...!"

"Is..."

"Yes...!!!...?"

"Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.” 

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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