First off, I want to apologize for not being around the last few weeks. It's not that I didn't want to be here, I just haven't been up to my game insofar as health is concerned... Last week, I came down with the flu and wasn't able to return to work until the beginning of this week. I'm feeling much better now, and knock on wood, say the secret word, I've filled my sick quota for the year. Thanks to Mike for doing a fine job taking over the blog for me.
So much has been happening here at Hocus Pocus, even in my absence. I don't even know where to begin. Let's begin with the huge estate collection that came in just a few days ago. Tony, Mike, and I have been pouring through and salivating over the incredible amount and variety in this collection. There are close to 2000 items, all in mint condition. Some have never even been opened and are still in their original packaging! Mike and I will be compiling a list at the beginning of next week and before long, there will be a special page on the web site with pictures devoted to this estate sale. If you are a Hocus Pocus Online Member, fear not; you'll receive the email when all is up and running. If you're not a member, take this opportunity to join now! Remember, it's a free service, your information is kept strictly confidential, and you can opt out at any time.
Also, we here at the Hocus Pocus family welcome our newest customer service rep, Ken Walker, who is replacing Nancy Wisseman, now preparing for new motherhood. If Ken answers the phone when you call Hocus Pocus, make sure you say hello and introduce yourself to him.
It's been extremely hectic here, which is not the norm for the Summer. Generally, it begins to slow down from the middle to the end of Summer with all the back-to-schools, vacations, etc. Not this year! It's been about 3 times busier than in years past! I'm not complaining; we love it when it's busy! And with Summer now coming to an end, it's time to start thinking about the busiest time of year: the holidays. How can it possibly be? It seems like just yesterday that it was January! Well, it's that time again, and before you know it, temperatures will begin to drop and holiday decorations and music will infiltrate our everyday lives.
Tomorrow, September 1st, I will turn 50 years old! I was talking with Mike, telling him that it doesn't seem that it could possibly be. I remember looking at 50 year-old people when I was younger thinking that they looked, well, old. Now I'm 50, and I now have a different take on that opinion! Tomorrow night, my family will get together and have a great dinner and my favorite German Chocolate Birthday cake. I can't wait! So, if you're celebrating a birthday tomorrow or in the month of September, Happy Birthday to you as well! As for me, the first 50 were pretty good, I can't wait to start working on the next 50.
Mike here. I caught some candid shots of Paul receiving an over-the-hill singing telegram and thought you'd all enjoy seeing Paul covered in Silly String receiving old people diapers.
You gotta love it!
Until next time,