>>I finally managed to send you some feedback of
what happened to your laundry bags:
>>Why should someone buy one laundry bag for a total
of 5$? Here`s why I did it: I`ve got a wonderful sister (two
infact and one brother, but this is just about my sister Nina)
who often sends me funny and interesting links. She lives
in England and I live in Germany, so we don`t see each other
>>So one day she sent me the link to AMLFS and
suggested me to do a similar project, because I just have
too much stuff and too little space to stack it all. As a
"thank you" and because I love her, I decided to buy something
so you, John, would come and visit her.
>>From what I know from your AMLFS-Project you seem
to be a very interesting person. Come and visit my sister
and your former laundry bags in England. You`ll have to go
to London anyway and see what has become of your white brick
so it won`t be too far off the track. If you`re the nice person
I think you are, she might even do your washing and finally
the laundry bag will come into use :-)
>>If you are planning to see what has happened of your
laundry bags, send me an email and I«ll ask my sister to send
you her address and how you can get in touch with her.
>I am glad to see that your plan is progressing well.
I can't understand why no one else bid on the Wes Montgomery
LP as I was expecting to pay a bit more -$20 or 30! Such pressings
in excellent condition are much sought after by analog enthusiasts.
I feel a bit guilty and almost sent you a little extra, but
I quickly came to my senses and realised that I am not a millionare--I
am a thousandare, but it feels much the same -it's all relative.
>The Wes Montgomery LP is doing fine and is reveling
in its new environment. I have twice played it on my Thorens
TD124 which was made about the same time as the record, so I
am sure that it is one happy piece of vinyl. Sort of like you
or I suddenly driving a 1958 Porsche Speedster--it would be
a new and unfamiliar sensation, but we would rapidly fall into
a relaxed nirvana-i.e. we'd get used to it faster than whale
dung slides off a glacier. This is one content LP! It practically
purred like a kitten as the nude polished diamond of the phonograph
cartridge slid through it's petroleum laden vinyl canals. It
is a record that loves being played! When it is not on the turntable,
it rests comfortably in its new inner jacket secure in the knowledge
that the new clear vinyl outer envelope sleeve will protect
it from the horrors of gradual oxidation and dust.
>Yes indeed, this record has found a wonderful new home.
There is one slight problem, however. When I am not looking,
the 78RPM records sneak over, and beat the holy bejesus out
of the poor Wes Montgomery LP. It appears that the 78s are a
tad jealous of the LP because they are afraid that I'll abandon
them because LPs don't have to be changed after every song.
They think that I am switching to LPs and will soon discard
them. Poor souls those 78s; you can't really blame them because
it is exactly this scenario that they suffered through in the
early 1950s and most of them have simply not recovered completely
from this traumatic experience. Most people do not realise this,
but 78RPM records carry the same emotional baggage of the abandoned,
rejected and disenfranchised. One day they are prized possessions
of a music lover, the next day they are on the sidewalk being
used for informal games of shuffle board or Frisbee. If they
were lucky, they ended up at a second hand store. By the time
I got them they needed a tremendous amount of reassurance and
>Still, however, I shall have to ask the 78s to stop
antagonising the LPs. After all; the LPs went through a similar
experience when CDs were introduced. Since I have mostly 78s,
the LPs are at a distinct disadvantage, in addition, the 78s
are almost always stronger and heavier so the LPs really don't
stand a chance. there is nothing more pathetic than watching
an LP cower and shake from fear. It makes Wes' guitar sound
like it is being played through a Fender Vibrolux.
>>So, yes, I would like to remain on the list. And,
yes, I'd love to have you visit Charlottesville, VA.
>>I'm starting a Masters program here in a couple
weeks, so I'll be around for a while.
>>I bought the old photos, which I have yet to use,
and an old Ecko can opener, which has served my house well during
the summer. It still has the tag on it, and people think we're
crazy when we attempt to stop them from opening bottles with
some other inferior device and go running for the opener.
>>I'll write something better for the captain's log
>>And finally, as many have already expressed, thanks
for helping me to examine my relationship with stuff and how
not to let it define you.
>>i bought your bowling belt buckle. and i love it.
i really do. i haven't yet found the right belt for it, but
that doesn't diminish my affection. actually, i just got up
to go take a look at it.
>>i don't have a digital camera, so i'll just tell
you where it's at. on my dresser, laying on a small dish surrounded
by 1. a worry stone thing my mom put in my stocking last xmas,
2. a fancy pen from my boyfriend's last company, 3. a box of
Smints (approx. 5 left), 4. your note that accompanied the buckle,
and 5. the business card and phone number of a friend/pastry
chef i ran into a while back.
>>oh, and the entire dish is sitting next to my damn
orchid that never, EVER blooms.please feel to come visit your
belt buckle in Berkeley, CA.
>I am the PROUD owner of your old $433.97 electrical
bill. You're welcome to visit it/us. To be honest, the item
I bought is probably the lamest and most insignificant thing
you sold. The fact that you would visit MY $433.97 electrical
bill makes your project all the more interesting.
>My life hasn't changed drastically since I purchased
your old bill except for a few things. I went to the dentist
and got a mouth guard, I bought a couch that I'll never use,
and I drank soy milk for the first time...not too bad.
>I wanted to buy something from your project for reasons
I still don't know. I guess the thought of waiting to see if
some guy is actually going to knock on my door in the near future
got me curious. Let me know what your drink of choice is so
I'll be well stocked when you arrive.
>Brad Los Angeles, CA
>I just wanted to let you know that the first night I
got her, Patsy and I sat on my front porch, singing our hearts
out to the mountains about cheating men and lost loves, and
drank several margaritas on a hot summer evening. There ain't
nothing better in life.
>The 1950's era Handyman's Book goes perfectly with my
1950's era Cookbook of the same editors. Begin a handy gal myself,
I found the suggestions rather humorous- very male oriented.
Reminds me of an irrigation job I did a few weeks back where
the old man told me that I was going to make myself a handy
housewife someday. I can only dream.
>You are more than welcome to visit your things- that
is if you want to be holed up in a small town in the mountains
for a while :)
>Oh, and if you can't stand drinking beer that's half
the alcohol content of the rest of the world, I suggest you
keep your distance.
>Your 27 spoons will end up living, of all places, in
the Keehn Co-Op at Hamilton College. Yes. (They'll probably
get set on fire, melted, etc.) Some will be my personal spoons;
others will end up in the kitchen collection.
>You are welcome to visit your spoons if the opportunity
arises, though I'll be away from campus for the better part
of 2002. With luck, the spoons will still be there.
>Watching the project with interest,
(the coop is where I learned to cook,
sort of -JF)
>Subject: please REMOVE from Bulkmail List
>Sorry but I already receive too much email as is.
>I bought a Rollerskating book from you. I collect "how
to" books and videos which I share with my friends. Most of
my "how to" items relate to dancing and recreational activities.
>Rollerskating/Inline skating is one of my favorite
recreational pastimes and I plan to use the books and videos
in my collection to improve my skating skills.
>that'd be cool if u visited me. a little story about the
mugs i bought from you goes like this.....short version......
>i bought them while living in East TX with my parents,
kept them in their box until i moved to Murfreesboro, Tn. where
they proudly sit in a cabinet in my new apartment waiting to
>wow, what a great story huh. come see me and my roomate,
we can all drink coffee from your old mugs that now belong to
>I just want to remind you that you are definitely invited
to visit us - and your ex-paperback in Chicago. I got your note
I have not seen the show, but I did look up the information.
>If you are still planning on being in Chicago on the
25th, we'd love to go to the taping with you. You are more than
welcome to crash on our futon. I hope you can make it next week
to visit with us.
>Congratulations on finishing your sale.
>I would love it if you stopped by. I promise to send
a picture of me breakdancing to your Beat Street album as soon
as my roommate gets home from California this weekend (my flash
is broken). I live in Northampton, MA, but I will be moving
in a couple weeks to Easthampton. Let me know if you're swinging
through Mass. and we'll figure something out.
Although he didn't buy these he took the time to write me so.......
>>Subject: Converse, China and American-made Shoes
>>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 17:10:49 -0400
"So Converse All-Stars will now be manufactured in China.
The last American made shoe, now made in China, while China
holds American men and women hostage.."
>> Actually, John, Oakley makes all of its products--including
its shoes--in the U.S. Just thought you should know...
>Hey John ,
>I will have pictures of the "How to Belly Dance For
Your Husband " album soon. I'm getting married on September
2 and I plan to present my wife to be with this fine album from
>I'm going to give it to her at our rehearsal dinner.
It's in the process of being framed at the moment and I'm trying
to digitize the album as well.
>Please consider yourself welcome to visit if you can
make it to Hampton Virginia. We have plenty of room and as added
incentive if you do make it the Fabio ICBINB is yours my friend.
>Keep me posted!!!
>My friend told me about "allmylifefor sale". I thought
that's so awesome and I wanted to be part of it. So I bid on
this Ansel Adams photo book right away. I'm happy to win this
book, because one, Ansel Adams is a great photographer and I
always liked his photos. Two, I get to be the part of the unique
>But most of all what I liked about winning this book
was what John wrote on invoice "Here is my copy of this book.
A book that every photogapher has recieved as a gift". Well,
it wasn't gift, I won it, but still the words stuck with me.
>I used to be photographer. Or at least I wanted to
be. But somehow it slipped away from me. I've lost the eyes
and time to see. I stopped taking photos. Now my Nikon F3 is
sitting on the shelf for a long time. Waiting..... But now I
feel I can shoot again.
>Maybe I'll go for small trip out of city and take some
photos. Next Sunday maybe......to gain back my time and eyes
I've lost while ago in this big city. You know? I thank you
for opening my eyes.
>In this city, it's hard to keep track of what I'm doing.
>Good luck to you!
>I can't say that I'm entirely satisfied with the Jesus
night light. First of all, the light bulb that came with it
doesn't work. Oh, yeah, I could go out and get another, but
since I wrecked my mid-life crisis SUV, it's just not that easy
to get around any more.
>But what's really bothering me is that the description
of the item didn't match up with reality. In an array of
tests performed in my house, rivalled only perhaps by the rigorous
testing of United Laboratories (http://www.ul.com/),
I found that in 65% of the outlets in my house, Jesus stood
upright. 30% of the outlets required Jesus to hang upside down
as promised in your description, and
a mere 5% of my outlets caused Jesus to assume an alternative
position. It is this minority position, if you will, that is
represented in the photo attached to this email.
>But hey, while a lot of your feedback seems to credit
your cast-off items with changing the correspondents' lives,
I never had such high expectations for the $11.50 I spent. Caveat
emptor. I did hope to display the night light in my web site
"Julie's Tacky Treasures," but now I'm wondering how it would
fit, given the inconsistent or perhaps inconclusive results
of my testing.
>Maybe this is just another example of God working in
mysterious ways, as the nuns used to tell me: a theological
dilemma, or perhaps His way of making a joke. I've developed
a personal philosophy, since becoming a recovering Catholic,
that God definitely can laugh at Himself (when He's not laughing
at us). I believe he has a sense of humor, unlike the guys I've
met through the personal ads who SAY they want a woman with
a sense of humor when what they mean is that they want a woman
who will laugh at THEIR jokes. But I digress...
>In closing, John, I probably will continue to scan
your web site for potential tacky treasures, and even bid on
a few when the opportunity arises. Maybe I should just thank
you for the inspiration to muse about life's vicissitudes, theology,
and the nature of tackiness.
>Best wishes to you.
>Julie Mangin Curator,
>Julie's Tacky Treasures http://www.radix.net/~jmangin/tacky/
>On Wed, 20 Jun 2001, John Freyer wrote:
>>> If you would like I would refund you half of your
money, The goal of this > project is not to make $11.50 off
of my nightlght... I would much rather that you be happy with
the piece of my life that you aquired... (and that you take
good care of it, I always liked that lord) <<
> No refund necessary.
>>I bought your Electric Company album. It
now lives with my other albums in a crate in my entertainment
center. I have only listened to it once. I only listen
to albums occasionally. Technology has mostly won out.
I bought the album because I grew up on Sesame Street,
which was always followed by the Electric Company. I
always thought that the show was more geared towards
>>But I loved the way it started: that long,
gutteral, "HEEEEEEEYYYYYY YOOOOOUUUUUUU GGGUUUUUYYYYS"
was my favorite. So you can imagine my disappointment
when I discovered that it wasn't on the album. I also
don't remember any of the songs. When I looked at the
album, I realized that this is because it was released
in 1973, about a year or two before I started watching
it. I was only 2 years old for most of 1973. I have
a terrible memory anyway, so the chances of me remembering
songs from a TV show at that time are pretty low. And
since I can't really say that it's quality music, I
would have only been listening for sentimental value.
>>You mention on your website that part of
your art project is to see if the items you own would
shape the life of the next owner. I think you have it
backwards. Instead, I think we were all shaped before,
and the things we own, taken together, reflect a little
bit of who we are. The memories, or attitudes we might
have in common create the desire to own similar items.
At least in my case... I can't really speak for the
people who bought even more random items from you such
as food. In that case, I believe they probably simply
like the idea of your project, and think it's funny
(in a good way.)
>>So you see, the fact that I purchased the
album from you hasn't marked my life with any sort of
new John D. Freyer influence. It merely highlights a
similarity between us - nostalgia for cheesy retro items.
What I would be fascinated to find out however, is if
you've discovered any "Six Degrees of Separation" connections
during your project.
>>It's amazing how small the world is when
you can trace the invisible ties of friendships and
families. It happens all the time. If you'd like to
visit your album on your way across the country, feel
free to contact me. I'm in Denver and you have my email.
>>i apologize for not sending you an update
on what i've done with your museum of television and radio
>>i'd originally intended to give it to a friend
of mine that really liked the place, but we've since had
a weird kind of falling-out, and so i kept it. since it's
rather large on me, i mostly just use it for sleeping.
it's not terribly exciting, but there you go.
>>if you want to visit louisville, do it! it's
a fun town. your shirt digs the place well enough, from
what i can tell.
>>P.S. just one more thing. i was just looking
and i realized that lindsey, who bought your bag of sugar,
was one of the people i met in baltimore a few days ago.
I had breakfast with lindsey on saturday morning, and
we ate crabs on john's porch on sunday night. small world...
everything's connected in one way or another, isn't it?
>I just wanted to let you know that the Wired
Magazines I bid on and won are VERY interesting reading....considering
that in '98-99 I did not even own a computer!!!
>Also, the "Joy of Home Breweing", another item
I won on Ebay, is equally entertaining, except that
I have not yet attempted to make my own beer. The stuff
I can buy at the store is still ok, so I think I will
wait til I no longer like the taste of store bought
beer before I attempt my own Brand of Beer.
>Anyway, great idea and Happy Selling!!!!
>I rcvd the bowling shirt in good time. Tonight
my daughter and I went bowling. We bowled 173 as a team
(she rolls first ball and I take care of the spare if
>This is our high score!
>I give credit to the shirt.
>It looks like I have won Bekah's socks. Not
that I need another pair of socks. My husband thinks
I am crazy for I have plenty (but I don't have a brown
pair!). Your thoughts along with the sock auction got
>The comment that wearing someone else's clothing
makes you think of that person each time you put them
on. As I read that I was wearing what had been my mother-in-laws
shirt and yes socks. She passed away just 3 years ago
at the too young age of 57. She was my best friend and
I miss her dearly. When wearing her favorite shirt and
socks, I think of the happy times we shared.
>Anyhow, you'll have to include a picture of
you and Bekah so I can think of you guys and my silly
bid for a pair of used socks (for practical me this
is fun!). I am also bidding on the Ivory Soap for my
husband's aunt. She likes "old" stuff and would just
flip over the "old" ivory soap.
>(Man, the thrill never wears off of writing
that, though it must have stopped on reading it for
you quite a while ago)
>Your Great Old Box is still fabulous and no
worse for wear, and we are getting ready to set of for
London, Sweden, and Majorca tomorrow morning. I was
having him send postcards at first but then I thought
it would be better to just collect stuff inside and
journal with words and photos wherever we went and then
whenever you get him back you can just check it all
out then.So don't think we have forgotten you, or that
he has settled down into a life of boredom or retirement
in tiny Chester Springs. Oh no, my friend. JF's GOB
has only begun.
>I am sad to see your domain name sale ending
on the day I will be traveling home from Sweden as it
was my dream to be like you and rid myself of all my
possessions. Well, at least to be like you in the respect
that I would have rid myself of all my possessions.
Alas, I will be too busy to sit around trying to outbid
people, and besides all that cutthroat shit is not my
style. But with any luck I will come home and have a
nice salad with my roommate Mike who is bidding with
great ferocity for your vidalia onion.
>good luck with the rest of your sale and i hope
you make it to philly when you are all done. let us
know if you need any gas $$.
>I just had my annual review.
>>I was so excited when I got my $1.00 Rufus
record in the mail, I drove straight to the California
desert and proceeded to drink a lot! I'm looking into
the distance and wondering why I was the only one to
bid on this fine record.
>> I mean, the crusty old towel that someone
left in your apartment sold for more. Someone actually
paid above that for a bag of pork rinds! "What the hell
is wrong with everyone?" I ponder. Or maybe I'm just
looking for another bar......
>>Either way, I lucked out.
Your "smells like boy sweat favorite hat"
resides in a box in my closet. And if you come visit,
I will give it back to you.The thought of your favorite
hat being bought by someone else to never get back to
you for some reason made me make a crazy ass high bid
on it when I was probably delirious. I know how men
are about their baseball hats.
The bikini chick pin on the other hand has been
worn on the lapel of my pink flowered wide lapeled polyester
shirt.The first time I wore it, I went to a horrid 3-D
porn movie at an art house theater here. Nothing was
in 3D- my eyes hurt and I was really bored. And the
guy behind my best friend was making rather suspicious
Lunch arrived today and I am ever so grateful. I
was hungry. Here are some pix for you...lunch being
delivered, lunch being blessed by the lesbian mermaids
on our front lawn, lunch being eaten, discovery of the
poptarts...all in all it was just about the best lunch
I've had since my mom used to pack them for me. THANKS!
By the way, I had noticed the sticker on the lunchbox
but couldn't make it out when I bid on it. I laughed
out loud when I saw that it said "migraine." My first
photo project was a series on the same subject caused
by the sudden onset of migraine headaches a few years
ago. That whole adventure is the subject of my current
photo project. I wonder if Alanis Morisette would consider
Have a swellerific day,
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Listen, the shipping is a killer so how about I'll
send you the winning bid amount and you donate the "US
Army Chair" to a local charity in my name, or if
you have a Salvation Army nearby see if they will take
it, put it in the window or something and you can use
that for your project? How does that sound?
>>This is a belated note to thank you for
your gift of the US Army chair to our Franklin Furnace
collection; in fact, we are so pleased to have it that
it's already on 'display' as part of a small exhibit
we've done commemorating the 25th anniversary of the
>>So add us to your map of where your life
is on display--MoMA library, 6th floor....
>>Regards and best wishes on your projects.
>>Milan R. Hughston
>>Chief of Library & Museum Archives
>>The Museum of Modern Art
Well the chair made it, yes in one piece. I don't
use eBay, my friend Cordelia was the one who bought
it for me. Its in my room and is quite comfortable in
my humble opinion.
I don't know how they delivered it, but for reasons
unknown by me, the mailperson put it under my doormat,
it was the weirdest looking thing.
They (the Post Office) also put 3 or 4 stickers
on it apologizing because they thought they had torn
it up during shipping.
Ever since I saw your website I wanted something
from it, and now my wish has come true. You are like
Richard freakin Simmons!
Cordelia paid for the the $16.50 worth of stamps that
I put on the seat of the chair, when I mailed it unwrapped
through the US Post Office-JF
>>Just finished a gruelling stint of 12 -
15 hr days with no weekend breaks finishing Tomb Raider
- post on the film.
>>- it's intended home is in my flat in west
london 27 storeys up in a building called Trellick Tower
- by a architect named Goldfinger - Flemming named the
Bond character after him to illustrate is hatred of
>>Anyway, if your still interested, I have
sent you this photo of the brick on top of our offices
in Soho with the millenium wheel in the bgd to place
> I have finally moved into Dallas from one of its
suburbs. all three items from Allmylife have moved with
me, though two of them are lost in boxes at the moment.
(1) the printer rolls are in a box somewhere .
. . i still have not found a suitable use for them.
mounting them between glass to re-form the orginal image
is my current idea, but i do not plan to do that for
a while. the double-paned glass in my new bedroom has
white hard-water stains/mineral deposits between them.
perhaps it is the Texas version of "piss christ".
(2) the toilet paper is similarly in a box. my new
apartment's toilet is water-saving, meaning it has an
appallingly low water level in the bowl, but swirls
around and clears the bowl twice per lever-flush. also,
the water faucets seem to be throttled back to a small
stream instead of the usual pressure that i am accustomed
to. still, since i am being billed for water and sewer
usage for the first itme in my life, i don't mind these
(3) the elvis shirt was coupled with my glow-in-the-dark
24-hour Church of Elvis shirt this past Friday night.
it attended the usual poetry slam on Friday and then
a gig by the Austin-based band "The Flamebrick Subs".
then it went to my old, not-yet-moved apartment. it
is sitting on top of boxes in my new apartment.
& Wear, United Kingdom
I was over the moon to receive the Japanese design book
from my dad. I collect anything and everything associated
with the 1970's and also have a keen interest in graphic
design which I studied at college. I have had quite
a few offers to sell the book but there is no way I
will ever part with it as it has become 'part of my
life not for sale'. It now stands pride of place on
my bookshelf and I love to tell the story of how I acquired
it through your brill web site 'all my life for sale.'
York, New York
well, i won one of the more difficult things to
comment on as far as how it's affected my life. since
i can't 'use' the item, i'll just give you an idea of
how my life has changed since december 28th, 2000.
When i moved to ny i didn't know anyone. i got here,
my plans for a job didn't work out, i wasn't having
much luck making friends and overall i was pretty lonely.
but this was a loneliness i've not experienced the equal
of since the misery that is junior high school. something
about knowing no one and having no one to talk to, confide
in or share with in a city of millions, where there
is always something exciting or interesting to share
or experience intensified the feeling. and if you're
not careful, you start to feel more and more lonely,
you get less and less motivated and slowly withdraw
into a shell of self-pity. it's pretty pathetic.
in late December i was feeling like i had had enough
of this and i was willing to try anything. then i stumbled
across your website, bid and won your birthday and it
actually changed who i am.
i went to the party, met your friends and had a
great time, but it didn't end there. i also met up with
some of them after it was all over and we continued
to have good times. slowly i was making friends. your
i disagree with the idea that i purchased your friends
from you. your relationship with each of them remains
intact and i simply formed friendships. but in a way,
i unwittingly used you as a search agent to meet them
and then get to know them. i can only imagine how, at
least partially, it must be/have been unsettling to
have sold the experience of being you at your birthday,
a quantified, almost contained length of time, and then
see that stranger sort of leak outside the box. the
terms of the purchase were for that night, and that
night alone, but i'm somehow still here.
i don't feel that i have a conclusion to wrap this
all up with. there's not a clear lesson here since it
wasn't a simple tranferral of property as is much of
the rest of your project, but this experience has definitely
changed my life. arguably the true essence of who we
are is purely the culmination of our experience, and
since i did pay for the initial contact and i've now
spent four months interacting with some of your close
friends, then perhaps i actually did buy something of
you and have incorporated it into myself.
but i don't think it's as clear cut as all that.
when you sell a typewriter or a brick you are giving
away something that you may consider to be part of who
you are. that thing no longer has a place in your life
and does have a place in the life of someone else, opening
up the potential for the buyer to experience something
of yours and merge it into their own life. however,
when you dabble with a true chaotic and unpredictable
force, people, you cannot confine it to the role of
an object. while i did have the birthday and got to
experience that in a finite manner, something unexpected
happened. friendships were formed and they grew out
of that initial contact. although the purchase provided
the medium, the resulting relationships were more than
simply my co-opting something of yours and making it
my own. they were the unpredictability of human interaction.
the surprising and uncontrollable dynamic of people.
so my purchase was one of the anomalies. i got exactly
what i bid on and it fulfilled the expectations i formed
from your website, but since some aspects of my purchase
were alive and able to interact with me, it opened up
possibilites that can never be explored with a chair
or a shirt. not only did i get a thing, the experience
at the party, i also got an opportunity. you exposed
more of your world by allowing me a short time to spend
with your friends than anyone who gets to keep an object
of yours indefinitely.
so i feel that i should thank you. you took an incredible
risk with this experiment and aside from what you may
learn through the project (and the cash you make) there
is little room for personal gain. i, on the other hand,
paid $1.25 and met people who've become some of the
best friends i've ever known. that's something that
will stay with me forever.
>I received the record, ebay #1434681458-'Trinidad
Steel Band' LP. I think it is neat, what you are doing
with your life's collection. I do not know how many
will answer but here is my story.
>I first heard steel band in 1958. I fell in
love with it and have been collecting it ever since.
I am now transferring the records to CD for easier playing.
I now have about 200 pieces.
>The record collection will stay in my possession
until my death when they are willed to the music library
of the college I graduated from. Many of the older records
are not available except by persons like you selling
them. I have friends in Trinidad and I have promised
to bring CD's of the old ones to them.
>Many of the old ones were never available to
the public at large in Trinidad. They were sold to tourists
as souvenirs. Most of the locals have no idea of what
the old steel band sounded like.
>Like all music the steel band (or pan as they
call it) music has undergone a real change in style.
I feel it has fallen far below what it once was. It
is now so diluted with modern instruments such as keyboard,
guitars and the like that it bears little resemblance
to the real thing.
>Your record will give me a chance to show them
what some of the 'real' pan music sounded like. Thanks
for making it available.
I have received your Weston light meter (broken,
as you said). I took it all apart. cleaned and get the
meter working well, but the light sensor was too old,
and only given out 1/10 of the power as it should. Well,
it will stay with my six other light meters in the darkroom
(only two not working). It was worth a try,
>Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2001
3:39 PM To: 'email@example.com'
Subject: Photo of goods
>>Attached is a photo of Mike Brown wearing the
pink barbers shirt that I won for him. As you can see,
he looks rather dapper and draws many (admiring?) stares
when he wears it to the office. He told me that he has
to put it on and leave the house while Maggie is walking
their dog Sam.
>>I assume that this is because she would insist
on wearing it herself... He is standing next to my cubicle
and the Elvis book is on my wall. I haven't had time to
read the mystery yet, but thumbed through a couple of
chapters and found them to be intriguing. What if it is
true? Gail does make a compelling argument...
>>Thanks, I continue to search your auctions looking
for the next purchase!
I bought the two Bread and Puppet Theatre Posters
a few months ago. They seemed to be in okay shape except
there were those "poster-tak-putty" grease marks in
the corners. But that was fine because I decided to
hang them in my office at Texas Tech University (I am
a part-time instructor and grad student). Since the
walls are made of concrete, I had to add more "poster-tak-putty"
to get them to stay. However, they kept falling down
and I am convinced that the putty stuff is a very ineffectual
way of hanging posters.
I am hoping to get someone to pose nude with the
two Bread and Puppet Theatre Posters, but I have yet
to do that. Maybe in the near future. Would you post
it on your web page?
> Dear Jon
How are you ?
Sorry for the Delay in returning an e-mail but life
has been pretty hectic here in london! I hope that your
project is going well and that people are getting back
to you about theie items.
Well the tshirt arrived safe and sound here at work
(See enclosed pictures) And is a firm favourite Already!
People keep asking me " wheres al and Irenes then?"
Well its at ceder Rapids isn't it! , not really knowing
where that is I must visit one day... to really know
and to see what the place actually looks like.
So if anything, apart from sporting a new bright
yellow tshirt( i wouildn't normally wear a yellow one!)
the tshirt has given me a strange but nice connection
to Cedar Rapids and a desire to know more about it.
THe second picture attached is of me at work. The
bloke to my right( nearer to the camera ) is Stve Murg.
He owns your brick! THe white painted brick that sits
on the table bewteen us next to a fake oscar!! (For
Gladiator) so Two pieces of All myLife For sale now
reside in central london. Both in soho, both working
on films, both continuing their travels from being with
Good luck with your project and i hope that everyone
gets back to you with where their items are. Take care
and stay in touch and say a big hello to all at Al and
Irenes BBQ Shack
I bought the Vegas glass in December, mebbe? I lobbied
for the Vegas glass long and hard, mostly because of
JohnÕs FreyerÕs story.
Last July, 5 months after John got this glass from
Micah, I made a many-hour drive to Vegas to almost get
married, and instead we broke up a month later and I
moved back East. I donÕt know why I bought the glass;
I felt a weird connection to it.
Either that or I was simply attracted to the gold
foil. I was going to send this glass to my ex, but when
I got it in the mail from Mr. Freyer, it was broken.
Thus is the risk of mailing glassware, I guess.
The glass is still in the box it came in, hidden
under my bed, in about 5 different pieces. I was going
to glue it back together, but that seemed sacrilegious.
If not sacrilegious, at least a little wrong. So itÕs
still waiting for something under my bed. I donÕt know
York, New York
I wrote the president of my college about my project.
>Dear President Tobin
> >I just thought you should know that I just sold
my Hamilton College >thesis, "Information Technologies
and their Role in Surveillance >Societies" for $20.50
on E-bay. > >
Dear John: Congratulations! What are you going to
do with the royalties?
Keep writing; it was terrific to hear from you.
I will take a look at your project in the morning.
Here is a photo of me finding a better home for
the Floyd's Masonry bowling shirt. My band (gabriel
mann situation) was playing a show at The Mint in Los
I offered the shirt up to anyone that was willing
to come up and claim it. It was claimed by a lovely
young woman who was too shy to have her photo taken,
so you just get me.
For more info on the band, if your interested, check
>>Dear John D. Freyer (firstname.lastname@example.org),
>>eBay appreciates the fact that you chose
to list your auction: 543023266George's Burger w/ Sara
Langworthy, allmylife with us.
>>However, we do not allow auction listings
to be used for any purpose other than auctioning of
an item. Auction listings that do not offer an item,
will be ended early by eBay.
>>Therefore, we have ended this auction and
all fees have been credited to your account.
>>Per your request, here's an update on the
Millennium Canned Ham that I bought on Ebay.
>>Your fine Danish Ham will reside in Homewood,
Illinois. Should the balloon go up, it will be one of
the first casualties. The sturdy metal housing would
then likely be used either as a helmet, sink, or container
for small arms ammunition.
>>It would, of course, depend on the nature
of the emergency. Please see if you can talk your father
out of those 5 cans of spanish peanuts... with a little
duct tape, I'm thinking periscope!
>>I'll sleep well at night knowing that your
fine Danish Ham is there (closet pantry), ready and
waiting to serve (4?). $6.00 rarely buys such peace
>>>it's has grown quite
fond of the alligator foot, I think the Fiesta pepper
shaker is jealous<<<
Nobody bought my power bill, but I did get some hate
mail who took offense to me calling Georgie- "King
George". Here is a little e-mail back and forth:
> email@example.com wrote:
> > > What do George Bush and George W. Bush both
have in common?
> > They both lost the popular vote... >
Thank God we have a country that knows the valve
of an Electoral> College-- If > Gore could have won
his OWN state, he would be dictator now
ps. did you know that TENN has a sign as you inter
the state that says," Tenn, home state of VP Gore &
11 Electoral votes for Bush" Long Live King George 1st.
next we get Jeb...
That would be great, I wonder if Jeb would use the
business sense he gained from his experience in the
savings and loan disaster to bankrupt the whole country
My Dad used to be a conservative republican too, until
he realized that GE really just wanted to have Chinese
Prison Inmates make turbines instead of well paid, hard
working Americans in Troy, New York..
And as for the Tampon - rama bit... are you 13? I'm
going to forward this email to your mother if you keep
using such a potty mouth.
Yes, keep me on your list. I think this is interesting.
My wife thought I was nuts - buying a can of sauerkraut
for 11.00 (including shipping)... My buddy got a big
laugh out of it...
You know ... I don't even LIKE sauerkraut...
But I do think your "allmylifeforsale" project is
In a message dated 4/19/01 5:16:57 PM Eastern Daylight
<< But you bought my waffle iron from me.. Have
you made any good tasting waffles? >>
Oh YES! I am writing a low-carb cookbook, am fairly
well-known online for that, and I bought it so that
I could try my hand at making low-carb waffles, i.e.
with no flour or sugar.
Quite a challenge! I did it though! This is me:
- a Low Carb Success! You can also read my column
"The Low-carb Cook's Corner" in the e-zine at www.carbsmart.com,
click on Magazine.
I successfully made the waffles ane the recipe is
going into my cookbook.
Thank you! Rani
After resorting to some rather cutthroat bidding
methods, I am now the proud owner of your Latham Homes
T-shirt. I got the shirt because a) I voted for Nader
(coming from a family of straight-ticket republicans!)
and b) I'm a big fan of homes! Latham or otherwise....
Actually, I just really like your project and wanted
to take part.
Would you consider visiting me on your trip? I'm
not a murderer or looking for a new boyfriend, but I
really would like to meet you and talk with you about
what you're doing. I'm absolutely fascinated by the
whole thing. I am in graduate school for Theology, just
east of Los Angeles. I'm going after a Master of Divinity
degree (isn't that a weird title?) in hopes of being
a hospital chaplain someday, and then later perhaps
Jesus talked a lot about selling one's possessions
and I am interested in any spiritual insight you might
gain once this project is complete and you're living
free of Stuff. Anyway, I think we could have a very
>>Your girlfriends' favorite sweater now
watches the goings-on at my Auto Supply/Sign shop here
in beautiful old town Newark,Texas.
>>As you will notice, she has a reveered place
among my assorted collectables. I placed a garmet bag
over her to protect her from conditions one might expect
here. (this was in no way an attempt at a mercy killing
in spite of the obvious moth holes)
>>This may seem like a dull and boreing life
for something that no doubt has seen a few wild times.
>>Sorry that's life! I mean, I'm stuck here
too! Will keep you posted on and big changes that occur.
Yep the blue ribbon will again reside in your
home town, Iowa City. They must have really wanted
your ribbon. They emailed me a few times too and
offered me enough to let me let it go...It's been
forwarded to Donna in, Iowa City, Iowa
As for the rolls of unexposed films. Two of
the rolls didn't produce anything. One was too
old and the other apparently wasn't exposed. The
other three seem to be of you and friends on a
snowboarding/ski trip (two rolls) and the other
somewhere in Europe?
>The photographic timer...
>is on my boyfriend's shelf, serving as a bookend.
He's a photographer, and the timer is helping to shore
up a stack of photo books (Steigletz, Sarah Moon, etc.)
and Edward Gorey books.
>Next to the timer is a small transformer toy
that looks like a stegosaurus..
I was the high bidder on your sideburns. I tried
to submit your sideburns, a copy of the actual ebay
page selling them,and your picture and article in USA
Today holding your sideburns to the Carnegie Museum
of Art here in Pittsburgh.
But I received an e-mail about 3 days ago from
the chief curator saying that they were not interested
in displaying these items. I explained to them your
project and that this could be regarded as contemporary
art but obviously they did not agree.
So, I am withdrawing from your project and I do
not wish to be "visited" during your roadtrip because
obviously my own city does not appreciate your project.
However, it was a pleasure dealing with you and
I'm sorry my part in your project didn't blossom into
Thanks and good luck.
well the truth is i haven't used your answering
machine tape yet nor do i plan to use it in the near
future; it's something i'm keeping for when i feel the
urge to use it.
i'm a musician and producer and i've long been
fascinated with the idea of using spoken word or even
samples of spoken word in music, and while that's been
explored in techno and some rap, not too much in the
more rock/groove/jazz oriented world.
so when I find that a tune or some tunes call for any
of the stuff that was on your answering machine, i'll
use it. it is cool though. you seem like a really neat
guy, if based on nothing else than your website, this
project and the various messags people have left you
on your machine.
and there's someone on your machine that left like
five consecutive messages going off about the pros and
cons of ralph nader that, well, on 2nd thought maybe
i'd better not say anything about that, but it is possible
that you and i might be thinking the same thing about
catch ya later,
Paul, Minnisota (Minnesota)
>>The site with the stories and the purchases
is fascinating and really funny. BUT JOHN...................
Minnisota is spelled incorrectly---is actually Minnesota.
The travel portion of your project sounds great--look
out London!!!, and I welcome you to visit me in the
capital city of Minnesota.
Hi! I apologize for not responding sooner. Work
emails continually distract me from the more important
In any event, just to let you know I was the lucky
bidder on the photo of your friend Heather? in the abandoned
I have had it framed and have it hanging in a stairwell
along w/other groovy black and white photos I admire.
I will get a photo of it and send it to you.
I received the album today in its excellent packaging
and I thank you very much. I thought you would be interested
to know that I am giving it to my husband for Father's
Day next month.
He and I are both lawyers and he loves history,
particularly presidential history. During his (precious
little) reading time, he is always reading presidential
biographies (currently Truman's). So I thought of him
immediately when saw the item on your site
I don't even know where we'll find a turntable on
which to play the record!
Believe me, we have no particular love for Tricky Dick.
Dyed-in-the-wool democrats, of which you don't find
many here in Indiana. But thanks for sharing.
Thanks a lot!
>>What fun we had with the squirrel corn.
The kids were really excited with the corn project.
After just a little encouragement, they had a blast
putting it out and watching the squirrels eat it. We
decided to put it out one at a time so the squirrels
wouldn't pig out.
We purchased the star wars sheets from you.
Many years ago our youngest son had a set of star
After he had gone off to college my wife and I had
a requests from one of our friends who works with abused
children. She was helping out a woman and her children
in a shelter and needed things like bedding and clothes.
Among the things we donated were our son's old
star war sheets. Although he knew his sheets went to
a good cause he always chided his mom about giving away
his star war sheets.
My wife always felt guilty about giving away her
son's sheets. What a joy when we saw you had your sheets
up for auction. We gave them to our son (who is now
25) and had a great time of reliving old times.
Just feel hapy that your sheets live on and on
in a good home.
Thanks.>From Iowa City.
The Pilgrim's 10 book has been hanging out in my
dayplanner. It has been there everyday that I opened
it for the last couple of months. Sometimes when I'm
busy and burned out and tired, I will open it up and
take a moment to relax. I put it there to keep it safe
from the ravages of the hardcover books and crumpled
notebooks of my backpack.
I have been taking creative writing studio workshop
this semester and we have had to write some poems here
towards the end. I think that poetry gives an insite
into an artist or poet or whomever that is not found
in other areas. Poem four is probably my favorite, because
i think that we are all in pursuit of real dimes. Whatever
they may be.
Thanks again for the book. I love the cover artwork
and the definition on the inside... not to mention the
My teeth went to the Universtity of Iowa Art Musuem,
They now reside in an archival box.. I wonder if they
will ever put it on display?
York, New York
>>well, i put bekah's legs in our showroom,
i kept seeing it as an art piece. my curator and editor
elizabeth did not approve. it now sits in my office,
john i tried to give your art a place of recognition
and grace, i really tried. you can make a plea to lizzie,
but she is seemingly convinced that although beckah
has nice legs the object is i guess ugly.
York, New York
I originally intended to give the item away as a
gift, but then when i recieved it, i decided that it
was too trendy for the intended recipient (my ex boyfriend).
I also liked the springy, slouchy fabric and decided
that it would be a good shirt for sleeping in, so i
kept it myself. Since, i have worn it in bed with flannel
The only time I wore the item out in public, I
was ridiculed. It was sometime this winter and I had
plans to meet my friend Matt at for Brazilian food and
then we were going to an Archers of Loaf concert. I
realized before leaving the office that I was hot/uncomfortable
with what I was wearing, so i changed into the item
(at that point still at the office; i hadn't brought
it home yet) and a new pair of navy-blue cords from
I put a ripped-up red wool sweater on over the
item. When I got the restaurant and took off the sweater,
Matt said in a snide tone of voice: "Oh, Pop Rocks!
what a classic indie rock shirt! did you wear that on
purpose for tonight?"
I explained the story to him, but he just laughed
at me. He might have said "Very nice," sarcastically,
which is a verbal tic of his. I think he made other
references to 70s products that are now cliche things
for a certain kind of white 20s-year-old to wear on
shirts throughout the evening.
So since then i've only worn it to bed.
did you sell all your stuff already?
York, New York
>>>We received the orange draws today.
They will be featured in the upcoming indapendant film
"Cahoots". The color orange is important because it
is considered by many to be unlucky. You will see.
>>>Thanks for your contribution.
I auctioned the shirt off of my back at the Society
of Photographic Education chairity auction in Savannah
Georgia. Susas K Grant was the high bidder of $90 which
went to the graduate student scholarship fund. She was
in a bidding was with John Pfahl.
She looks better in it than I ever did.
My Al and Irene's Shirt went to London.
Where will my hat go?
This is where item #1409784439 ended up - sitting
on my desk of tchotchkes (spelled correctly, I might
add) at work. The "Good Housekeeping's Plan for REDUCING
off-the-record" record is surronded by a beautiful assortment
of such fine items as a mini-iZone booklet of photographs
created by my friend Kirsty of my beautiful dog named
Oa, a paint-by-number NY garage sale find of a glorious
bluejay bird, a Clorox bottle with the label removed
(scuptural art at it's finest), and the crowning coordinating
piece of love - a big vinyl steak that my dog took no
interest in whatsoever. I think it compliments the "Plan
for REDUCING off-the-record" record perfectly. And so
item #1409784439 sits proudly on display - truly a part
(P.S. This paragraph and picture are now attached
to the back of the record for prosperity on April 26,
2001. It is my hope that the next owner of item #1409784439
will continue to add their own "history" of where this
record ends up and what it means to them and their life.
If possible, this update should be sent to John Freyer
at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the good old fashioned
postal service at the following address: John Freyer,
PO Box 1822, Iowa City, IA, 52244. In case you don't
know, he is the guy who originally owned this item and
it was his hope that it would be "tracked", taken good
care of on his behalf, and updates sent to him every
so often. Even if he is dead by the time you read this.)
>>You can list me, but list me as Dallas,
TX (Richardson's in the burbs).
>>I can't think of anything clever about the
stuff I bought. I thought about taking it down to where
Kennedy was shot or something, but haven't as of yet.
Perhaps if I win the bid on the white cadillac that
would make for a more interesting photo...
>>I'll work on it.
>>Thanks. I love the idea!
>No the 8mm book hasn't arrived yet. I did manage
to get a couple of snaps of the pez though.
>The snoopy pez is serving my flat mate far better
than the wonder woman has served me. He is using it
as a date magnet (instead of date filter). Asian women
love men who love cute things.
In refrerence to the Spinning 70's Chiar that was on
>>Well now that you mention it, it would
be funny to try to get it to Oz... $12.59 for pork rinds?
Good God. I should send you more money. Why did it cost
so much for pork rinds? Were they Sam's sized?...
>>Actually I was wondering what it would cost
to send the said chair to somewhere in the tri-state
area of Florida, Georgia, or Alabama.. You know, there's
good BBQ down south... But seriously how big is it in
the weird WxHxL/weight ratio thing? And could you send
it in two pieces?
>>I'm beginning to have visions of the chair
with Ayers Rock, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and
all the little penguins on the Great Ocean Rd...Kinda
like those guys who drug the red couch around the States.
>>Those pictures would be worth the shipping
>>I hope you get more than 33 bucks for it.