I know I've been away a long time, and hope to update my Journal soon, but right now I'm jammed.
Sad stuff, and I need to keep it arms' length for the moment, to avoid breaking down to the point where I'm useless. I've got a sister living in the Metro DC area, and she's been dx'd with advanced metastatic cancer. The doc says she's got "weeks to months" left to live.
Her long=term partner of over 40 years is devastated, of course (as are we all). Because they live in Maryland, a VERY NON GAY FRIENDLY STATE, they're not married, so L. isn't able to get any sort of spouse's benefit, and doesn't think she'll be able to afford to continue living in my sister's house after M. is gone from this plane. They don't have a lot financially, but Mary does have an EXTENSIVE collection of record albums on vinyl, in good shape...thousands and thousands of them, going back decades. There's jazz, blues, soul, classical and rock.
I know it's *possible* that someone would want to buy some or all of them, but don't know who what or where. We may end up listing on eBay, but I wondered if anyone I knew was familiar with either stores, or individuals, who buy old albums on vinyl, and who would be straight with me and not try to rip me off over it.
I've posted to the "Metro DC" Community here already, but thought -- tho I know it's a long shot -- someone on my List might also know, since there are current and former residents of the area here.
Hey -- I'm grieving! It's not fun, but yeah, it's confirmed my belief that I'd rather have ALL of life, the sad along with the joyful, than walk around in a constant middling state. It's hit me really, really hard.
Being so far away there's a limit to what I can do. If anyone has any tips or suggestions on how to go about this, or actually has experience with local record resale shops, or knows any collectors in search of vinyl, please please PLEASE let me know.
Thanks, and I'll try to get back with more soon.
Embrace life while you've got it. That's one lesson that just keeps getting drummed into me, and I believe it's what we've all got to do.