I’m happy to announce that Tammy and I have done our income tax returns. 🎉🍻 Not as big a refund as last year, but still welcome. Again, we used SimpleTax. It’s just really easy to do a joint return with it.
The other big news is I have successfully rehabilitated the typewriter that Tammy found in winter 2016 (February 8th, to be precise). She texted me these pictures on her way to work:
“Strange things you find in the snow,” she said. She went and got it at lunchtime and then brought it home. It was a bit of a basket case, but basically still operational.
From then until now, it was just a brown case getting in the way in the garage. Other than popping the case open to see it, I didn’t have the time to consider what to do with it. It is an Alpina SK24 from 1957. That makes it two years older than my Smith-Corona Galaxie, and five years older than my Underwood.
On Friday, when I was getting the top box onto the Tiguan to go the Nakiska, I had to move the case out of the way again. Mentally, I resolved to either fix it or get rid of it. On Saturday, I stopped by Rona and got a can of paint and a ball peen hammer and that afternoon I got to work. Taking it out of the case, I was met with grime, rust and dents.
I took it apart, removing the carriage and the case. Soapy water helped things a lot.
Then it was doing my best to get rid of the rust and dents before starting to hot rod it.
It took a bit of time yesterday and today to get it back together, but I did it. I lubricated the typebars and everything is now working. No left over screws. I put a fresh ribbon in it and it types well. It needs a slight adjustment because the tops of the letter imprints are lighter than the bottom, but that’s not a big deal. It types pretty well, considering it was a basket case and left for dead in the snow.
I’m pretty darn proud of myself right now.