OT. Why doesn't someone put together a swap meet for real seniors? It would have to be inside, out of the cold in winter, out of the hot sun in summer. We would need a paved lot for our wheelchairs to roll freely on. All items would need to be displayed at chair heights and possibly on tilted tables so we could see to the back of the table while we're seated. The price tags need to be in large block lettering for us to read them easily. There needs to be handicap bathrooms at the end of each row of vendors. Unisex would work. I still enjoy wheeling into the ladies room once in awhile and surprising a filly. They all think I'm crazy. Make sure you have plenty of change for a dollar. Sometimes we even break a $5 bill. Be patient with us. Don't keep talking about the great deal your giving me. When you think I'm debating about buying or not with my head down, sometimes I'm just taking a nap. Always remember even though it's hard to believe I could even own a model T let alone drive one, I just might be the one guy that makes you an offer for everything you own that says Model T. Maybe I'm asking for a little too much. I guess I'll stay home this year and build my own parts.
You gotta be kidding! How are they going to get all the stuff to the swap meet if they are in walkers and wheelchairs. I think this is discrimination to the fullest. Now I have no problems with providing access to the wheelchairs, but to have a swap meet for seniors? In the first place how are you going to define senior? Would it be age 55? or over 80? If you call someone a senior, they might take it as an insult, however if you refuse a senior discount to someone who thinks they are intitled, you might irk them.
What if someone younger wants to attend? Will they be banned? What about a younger attendant to a disabled senior? By the way I attended my 60th high school reunion last September and there were about 300 people there and I saw only one wheelchair and about 2 walkers. Everyone there was mentally bright and seemed to be happy. They were at least 76 years of age.
Anyway, I would think this to be a joke unless you can prove whether you are serious.
April 1 must be coming early this year
After only being on this forum for less than 6 mos. I knew I could stir a response from Mr Norm. Glad to see your up an about this chilly morning. Of course I was joking. I'm so bored with this cold weather and frostbit fingers and toes while working on my T in the unheated garage that I thought I'd stir a little reaction from the early risers. Have a great day. Bob
I am always amazed at the resourcefulness of some seniors. I have seen them at many a swapmeet, on grass, dirt, and mud, in all manner of gas and electric karts, pulling their goodies in an attached little wagon and dickering with the best of them.
Here is my scooter last Aug at Springfield Mo. Does this make me a senior ??? ...
No Donnie, it makes you more like Fred Sanford
A younger attendant can be assigned to you at the gate.
On my scooter to the best of my (senior) memory, is a 30 X 3-1/2 steel felloe non demountable wheel. A nice complete Vaporizer assembly, a early 26 headlight bar, 2 stem mount early 26 headlights, 2 NOS 26-7 touring floorboards, 2 26-7 radiator aprons, a complete set of snow chains (in basket), a warford cross member, a can of NH carb parts, 2 headlight rims (marked "Brown"), an aluminum 4 dip "finned " lower inspection cover, A TT/chassis instrument panel, A "air cooled" generator brush cover, The bag has lots of "smalls" in it like spark plugs, badges, caps, literature, ect. And most important, My ice chest with lunch and drinks, so I do not have to waste time or money on buying lunch there. And this was the "first load" I unloaded it, ate my lunch and went back for more. I forgot to take the photo of the second "smaller" load. My "Senior" body and mind was starting to wear down by then .
No matter when,where,if almost anything is priced CHEAP they will come!!!!!!!!!!!Bud.
I like Donnie's scooter. Sure beats pulling a wagon. Every year at our swap meet in Auburn we have people ask for handicap parking. Now if you can walk thru 250 spaces 2-3 times, dig thru boxes of parts, why do you need handicap parking?
Donnie, a 'Senior Cart', only makes you a Senior if you park to in a place designated "Senior Parking', without the proper authorization.
Make sure your scooter battery is charged. I went with a guy to a swap meet who loaded his scooter down and the battery drained. We were NOT close to my truck and I had to drag him, his loot and the scooter across the fairgrounds.
The Handicap parking request is only so your vehicle is close to the stuff to make it easier to unload and get back to the meet!
Now Bob missed one IMPORTANT feature for his swap meet--meet doesn't start until 9:30 AM!!! As we age, this "dark-30" get up time to make it to the meet by 6 AM (which is a late start for some meets)is just getting to be too much!!
BTW, Toy Train meets don't usually start until 9:30--it's so nice to arrive fresh and rested to them! Oh, and they're INSIDE a building too!
Speaking of the resourcefulness of some seniors, I recall seeing a man in his sixties at the San Diego swap meet years ago. His wife, also in her sixties was carrying some heavy chassis parts while the husband walked ahead empty handed. It reminded me of the emails that were sent around a few years ago entitled "Man of the Year Award" I guess his resourcefulness was getting his wife to carry things. What a guy!
Bob, I think it was Long Beach's swap, but not sure. What they had where parts runners who put your buys in a fenced in area with an attendant who watched over what was picked up at the swap meet. When you bought something from a vendor your part was tagged and taken to that area with the attendant guard watching over the stuff and collecting and delivering your parts to you. It sounded like my type of swap meet. I think when you picked it up you needed a receipt or tag to get your stuff.
I'm all for a senior or a truly handicapped person using a cart to get around but I get tired of tripping over every fat, lazy bum who just doesn't want to use their legs. It seems to get worse every year. My father walked every swap meet he went to until he almost couldn't lift his feet.
I have been going to Chickasha for several years and as I think about it I've been going to a swap meet that has mostly seniors attending anyway. Just another way of looking at it.
I do try to park as close as I can to the bldgs. to avoid having to walk as far when buying parts.
Justin, I do agree with the handicap scooters for lazy people is not right. I walked all the meets for years. And the only two meets I use the scooter on are Springfield Mo, and Canton Texas because of the size of them or all the hills. It got to where at the end of the day, after walking the Springfield meet I was "sick" for two day after it was over. Kinda takes the fun out of the swap meet. and I do have a valid Arkansas handicap sticker. In a few years I may have to use the scooter at more of the meets, but until I have too, Ill still be on foot. I have told the kids that when Im too old to go on my own they will have to take turns taking me to Chickasha or Petitt Jean in Arkansas. I told them to just prop me up and pile a few parts around me and Ill be OK. and they know Im not kidding .
The San Diego Big 3 Swap Meet, it is held in the parking lot of the sports stadium and is completely paved. Should be good for walkers and electric wheel chairs.
The San Diego Big 3 Swap meet is outside, but the weather is usually good. Never snow or ice, but sometimes rain. It is all paved, and there is some grade, but not bad. People use scooters if needed and it is easy to get around.
I would just hate for abuse of the use of scooters to get them prohibited at events. Those who really need them are most likely at the point in life where just being at a swap meet is more therapeutic than anything. The last time I took my dad to a swap meet was the only time he used a scooter and he passed away 6 months later. I'm thankful he had it for one last go around.
I do not intend to become a senior. I will remain an old man.
Just go to Bakersfield, all on grass, sunny and warm. Easy close by parking(free) and good swap meet food available on the swap field. Easy on the legs and knees, and not far from your car.
Been going for nearly 15 years and only 1 yr with rain. This IS the best damn pre war swap meet anywhere.
My 1st Hershey was in 1967, my 1st Chickasha was the 2nd one ever held there, both of those have had damn cold and damn wet and snow over the years. Hershey now is just a parking lot for RV's and swappers cars. Chickasha has become too singular not enough early brass stuff as when it started.
The prewar police monitor Bakersfield and it truly is "prewar" Tons of T parts and other early brass. The best swap meet bar non.
Isn't just about ANY meeting of T people a senior gathering ?
You gotta' have wheels bigger than six inches to roll on that sod without shaking your teeth.
I think the ideal swap meet for me would be if everyone who is selling would just come over to my place and knock on the door like the Jewel Tea man and Fuller Brush man used to do and show me their products. This way they could just carry them to the garage once I purchased them.
I think Burger has it right. All you have to do is look at the next T meet.
Several times in the past few years I have been given a senior discount at Bojangles or other restaurants. I just pay and go. Wednesday will be the 48th anniversary of my falling out of mama and hitting the floor squalling and I don't feel a day over 84.
I do look rather old now with my receding hair line, Alfred Hitchcock double chin and hunched over back so I cant say the poor teen age girls working the cash register should no better.
When I first got my driving privileges back after my accident I could not walk much at all. But I needed some stuff from lowes. I tried 1 of those scooters they have siting at the door.Dang, I could a got off and crawled faster!
I went with a friend of mine to Hillsville Va 1 year to the flea market.I think it was about 2003. He used a Rascal. I kept up with him till about 11 and he said,"Hey, I think I will go to the van and get some lunch and change battery's!". I drew in a deep breath and mumbled something about just call me on the cell phone when you get ready to go home!I aint got no more friggen battery's!
Burger's comment reminded me of this recent Facebook post.
Every Day on the Model T Forum:
Old White Guy 1: Here's a picture of my grandfather with his 1917 T. [old pic]
Old White Guy 2: Not a '17. Certainly at least an early '18.
Old White Guy 3: '22 at the earliest. Look at the fenders. Obvious '22-'24.
Old White Guy 4: [indiscernible, punctuationless, and borderline unrelated garbling in all caps, usually beginning with "I REMEMBER"]
Old White Guy 5: It's a 1919 roadster huckleberry hatchback with bananawings and sting-column steering. Electric start was probably installed in this model due to the tiny flibbinflabbin' gearshaft mechanistic balloon widget attached to the right mirror. Ford himself was reluctant to install these, but, as he was busy coating himself in butter and forcing Great Danes to lick it off of his naked body at this time (May 5-17, 1919), these models released during this time came with them. They were purported to improve the gas-to-air ratio by approximately 0.5 widgets per square cubimeter.
Me: Cool car
Not many things I see online make me LOL, but this did it.