Well, it all started one evening in late October.
My brother-in-law ask me if I would like to
help him build 10 waterbed frames. I had heard
of a waterbed, but I had never seen one. I asked
him, how do we build them? He said for each
bed it takes 4 2x10s 8 Lag Bolts with washers.
And a drill with a half inch bit. We cut them to
length, drill 8 holes. Tape the 8 lag bolts
together using making tape. That's for one bed.
He told me that he had an order of 10 from
Honest John's Waterbeds. He said we will sell
them for 19.95 each to John. He sells them for
29.95. I said why don't we open our own shop,
and sell them for 19.95. So, we did. There was
an old grocery store just 2 blocks from our old
High School. It had been mostly empty for
about 8 years or so. We rented the building.
We named the shop,
THE HOUSE OF SOCRATES,
after a famous shop in San Fransisco.
Then 2 years later, Honest John's Waterbeds
was out of buisness. The bank called and
invited me to the auction of his buisness.
That was our first great break. It was a large
warehouse full of fancy water bed frames
and mattresses. The auction was taking for
ever. They were aucioning off each bed
frame one at a time. I looked at the large
stack of water bed matresses and thought
that will take till next week to autcion off
at the rate they were going. So, I told one
of the auction workers to tell the
Auctionier to sell all the waterbed matress
boxes at one time. I seen the kid tell him,
and he nodded yes. I was ready and
waiting to buy them for a whole lotta
money. There were 500 waterbed
mattresses. The Big Boss turned around
and told everyone that now we are going
to auction the mattresses. The bidding
started at 10.00, I said 20.00 an so forth.
When this guy said 50.00, I said 55! He
nodded no. Everyone laughed saying
you can buy a mattress any where in town
for 55.00! That is when the auctionier
turned back to the bed frames to continue.
The crowed yelled what about the rest of
the beds? He said talk to that gentleman,
he just bought them. Wow, did I get the
looks. I yelled matresses! $20.00 for any
size (It was like kids in a candy store!).
How do you spell May Lay? I even
bought John's safe. It was more empty
than a democrat's wallet!