Gil's Pics

Gil in New Mexico early 2012

Here's Gil in a photo taken January 7, 2012 on a cold and windy night (, but that doesn't fit right) in Bernalillo, New Mexico. The background is the Sandia Mountains, also known as the East Mountains. Incidentally, Sandia is Spanish for Watermelon.

This photo was also taken n Jan 7, 2012. Joy and I were headed to Farmington, New Mexico for a day ride on that fateful day. However, the white out conditions at the start made that trip dangerous, if not impossible. So, we went the other way to Placitas just for the ride. We eventually made it on a better weather day a few weeks later.


Early morning, November 6, 2005. I was standing under flea market trailer's concession door and had stopped helping set up to get my picture taken. I quit the flea market about 6 months after this photo was taken. It was good for a bit of extra money, anyway. Below are some archived photos of our actual setup at the flea market.

These are photos taken in about 2003.

We were still doing lots of toys and scooters.

Did we have a lot of stuff? Yep.

Beside toys and trading cards, we also carried incense and oils.

Had a special purchase on decoupage Wrestling Clocks for $10 each. Got a deal for $2 each by buying all the other flea marketer had. The cage in the photo that looks sort of like an hourglass is a dice cage. By rolling the 3 dice, a person could win a nice prize for a pair or 3 or a kind. Didn't get anything? You still got a prize worth a buck. One of those, "everyone wins" games to make it legal.

In early 2000, we didn't have a trailer, but instead sold from under a lot of canopies (about 70 feet of them!). Carried the merchandise in a 22' box truck. Our spaces were in the southwest corner under a big billboard and lots of pigeon poop. We sold close-dated, reset, and distressed merchandise from store (shelf) pulls. I'm under one of those canopies enjoying the shade.

One of Gil's Herculean tasks on his 19th experience of his 42nd birthday was to lift this HUGE tool chest (box) that he got as a present. Yay! He accomplished this AMAZING feat! Taken July 8, 2015. Did I mention that the box was empty? I didn't? My bad... LOL

You can't teach an old Gil old tricks. He just started losing count and his brain after 42. So, exactly what does the number 42 signify? Science fiction fans will know (look up Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), but what it means to Gil is that is as high as he's ever learned to count! I was really 61, so I've been told.