"What is it?"
"A sewing machine cabinet."
He gave me a wan smile. I knew that he was less than pleased.
"Where did it come from?"
"From a patient?"
"Well, no, actually. It is an interesting story."
A. belongs to the Necchi Yahoo group and she emailed me about a member from this part of the country who was giving away a Necchi SuperNova. I somewhat reluctantly advised A. that she could send along my contact information. The woman contacted me and informed me that the Necchi was spoken for but she had a 500A and two treadles. I indicated that I was interested in the 500A and that I could drop by after work and take a look at it and the treadles. After I made arrangements to stop over on Monday, she contacted me to let me know that the Necchi was available and would I be interested. I told her I would take a look. So I stopped over after work today and got them.
"So, it's for A., right? You got the Necchi for A.?" I could hear the hope in his voice.
"Nope, it's for me. I want to play with it for a while and then I will give it away." Another wan smile. Poor guy.
"Where are you going to keep it?" The man is full of questions.
"Well, you won't be using your shop while you are in Alaska, right?" Another wan smile.
We hauled it out of the Jetta.
"It's not the prettiest cabinet in the world. Oh but look at that cute little chair. What is it from, the 70s?"
"Nope I bet the 60s or earlier."
"Oh well it is a cool looking machine. And what is that other cabinet?"
"Oh, that's from the 500A. It probably can go to the curb. But not tonight it is going to rain."
"Right, it will just become junk," and he hauled it to the barn.
"So, two in, two out. That's my motto now, honey."
Right. Another wan smile.