October 23, 2015

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They Used To Last 50 Years

Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950’s that still work perfectly fine. I’ve come across washers and dryers from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were still working like […]

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August 24, 2015

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The Things We Used To Love

Before this day is over, I want you to go do something you love. Something you stopped doing for one reason or another. Life changes, jobs change, you got married, had kids, moved, income goes up and down and sideways, our friends change and on and on. Some of our most favorite activities in the […]

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August 2, 2015

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A New Way to Buy Used Appliances

Over the past 4 years I have sold thousands of used appliances out of our garage in Portland Oregon. During that time I learned a number of things, but three things stood out: people want to buy used appliances without leaving home, they want to buy appliances from someone they trust, and they want a […]

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June 12, 2015

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Good Ideas Are Always Crazy Until They’re Not

“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.” – Larry Page Do you want to make something that’s never been built? Do you want to solve a problem that other people don’t believe exists? Want to go down a career path that doesn’t make sense to anyone else you know? Want to upset an industry […]

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May 18, 2015

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The Power of a Comment on Hacker News

A little over three years ago I wrote a blog post that made it to the front page of Hacker News. It was entitled How to Make It on Craigslist, and I wrote it for Priceonomics to share how I was earning my living on Craigslist. A lot of people commented on the post, but […]

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April 30, 2015

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Why My 9 Year Old Is Taking Over My Appliance Business

Because he wants to. I know that might sound crazy, but after shadowing me around the past 2-3 years, going with me on hundreds of deliveries, helping me diagnose, repair, clean and paint hundreds of machines, he really enjoys the used appliance business. As hard as that is to imagine, a particular work becomes more […]

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April 14, 2015

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Starting Over in Hawaii

Some days I’m overcome with how incredible this place is with the warm weather, surfing and laid back lifestyle. Other times I’m in tears because of how difficult some of the adjustments can be. Moving a family of seven thousands of miles away to an island is a crazy roller coaster of an experience. So […]

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February 19, 2015

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Our Move to Hawaii

After seven years of hard work, and about six months of preparation for the move, our family of seven arrived this past week in Hawaii to start the next chapter of life. The journey has been exhausting, stressful, sad, exciting, liberating and incredibly worth it. In this post I’m going to share with you a […]

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December 9, 2014

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Your Mobile Provider Isn’t Worth a Year of Your Life

An entire year of my life. I finally snapped. It happened when I realized that by the time I turned 60 years old, I would have spent an entire year of my life working just to pay for the “privilege” of using Verizon’s cell phone network. I have been paying $155 a month for me […]

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November 13, 2014

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Why I Spent a Week Working Outside in a Bitterly Cold Windstorm

I struggled to hold on to the paintbrush in my hand. My face hurt, my lips were chapped, my hands were numb. I had been outside for hours in freezing temperatures and consistent 30-40 mph winds. My goal was to get all the trim put up and finished around all the new windows on our […]

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