Swap Meet Success

The clock tower at the L.A. Farmers Market hasn’t changed since my last visit 47 years ago.

As you may know, Betty, my sister-in-law Susan, Tim and I headed south to Hollywood for the Magic Castle swap meet last Thursday. And as expected, we had a really GREAT time. We always depart a day early so that we can get situated, explore the city a bit, and have a nice Friday night dinner with friends and see the shows.

L.A.’s Farmer’s Market

Taking two vehicles is a bright idea because the girls can go shopping and we too can go our own direction, which in this case, was the Farmer’s Market.  On a family trip, my parents had taken me to L.A.’s Farmers Market when I was ten years old.

The Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax is a Los Angeles landmark and world class tourist destination and has been the home to circus acts, parades, petting zoos, and “stargazing” since the early 1930’s. In fact, it was James Dean’s favorite hangout up to his untimely death.

Needless to say, it’s changed a bit in the last 47 years. But it was fun see that the original layout was still intact, and that they’d only added on with the addition of THE GROVE, a mega-deluxe “shopping experience.” Actually, it’s pretty impressive, even to a dyed-in-the-wool Fresno boy.

Dinner with the Wilson’s

After a few short hours of exploration, it was back to the Magic Castle Hotel for a rest and to dress for dinner. As has become our custom, we had dinner with Mark & Nani Wilson, their son Greg Wilson and his wife Aiya that we call “I”. What I like about our friendship is that it’s so easy and the conversation always just seems to flow. We all seem to get along so well, and of course, Magic and Magic History is often the centerpiece of the conversation.

By the way, it was a great show that night featuring the elegant and classical magic of James Dimmare, comedic magician Dave Cox and the incomparable Rich Bloch as the emcee. All were exceptionally professional and entertaining.

Without question, a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Meeting, Swapping and Such

To no surprise, our $1 and $5 boxes went like hotcakes on a cold winter day. We took over 40 boxes crammed with all sorts of magic, paraphernalia and DVDs. By the time it was over all but ONE box was gone, leaving us with just a few DVDs, which we found good homes for…luckily!

Tim and I scoured the upper and lower levels of the Castle finding several items that could be sold, but mostly we went to sell our wares, and that is precisely what we did.

It’s always fun swapping, trading, conversing and searching for rare or cool tricks and meeting new and old friends alike.

Home Again, Home Again

Sunday night my son Max hosted his first party in his new home — I guess you could call it a housewarming party. I acted as the chief burger-flipper and vegetable-griller and the relatives and parents of his roommates all brought food, so there was plenty to eat for everyone.

My grandson Zachary with my son Max’s new puppy Jax

Max has a new puppy named Jax, so my grandson Zachary and Jax had some quality time together in the backyard. As you can see by the picture, that was a whole lot of cute for us to take in.

Private Estate Ever Growing

As the private estate items continue rolling in, we realize we’ve got to get more organized since Tim’s area still looks like a magic bomb was recently detonated. We’re seriously considering purchasing some new shelving to keep things in better order as this segment of our business expands ever more quickly.

My wife’s cousin will be in town this weekend and we’re having them over for a Saturday night dinner with all the kids. I’ve been steadfastly making sure the yard looks like it should be on the cover of a magazine, so it will be the perfect setting for a autumn evening dinner with family.

Betty’s birthday is on Monday, so we’ll be celebrating quietly after a very busy week.

FINALLY…fall is here and it’s cooler in Fresno.

Until next time,



One Response to “Swap Meet Success”

  1. Paul—It is always a pleasure to read your Notes to us. I wish Betty a well deserved Happy Birthday on monday and many, many, many, many more to come! I absolutely enjoy knowing you and value your friendship and our business dealings. Thanks for being the man you are!

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