Drunken Recollection… When Someone Offers You A Free Piano, You Take It!

I was watching the first episode of “How I Met Your Mother” and there’s a scene where Robin (Cobie Smulders) quotes (what they consider) an obscure line from “Ghostbusters.”

The line, courtesy of Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson):

Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES”!

For whatever reason, it caused a flash in my brain pan of a conversation I had with my cousin Steve last night.  He was telling me about a Craigslist entry he read.  In it, someone was giving away an upright piano for free.  The catch: you had to come pick it up.  I asked why he hadn’t contacted the sellergiver-awayer and he said he had no place to put it, being stuck (for the mean time) back at home.  My response:

Steve, when someone offers you a free piano, you take it!

It could have waited in the garage.  It didn’t need to even be playable.  He has an old NBA Jam coin-op arcade system in the living room.  The upright piano could go right next to that.

In other words... jam band.

They go together like pianos and coin-op.

And this is one situation where I practice what I preach.  When I had the chance to get a free microfiche machine, I took it!


Just in case a dying man hands me microfilm and tells me, "Don't let them find this," I can see what "this" is.


  1. Dave the Awesome · February 23, 2009

    I have a free couch if you want it. You just have to pick it up.

    My grandfather used to go through people’s garbage as a hobby. He found all sorts of weird things. Like a stuffed baby crocodile. On a side-note, US Customs does not let you bring a stuffed baby crocodile into the country. But it does allow you to bring unexploded WWII ordinance in your carry-on.

  2. madamelibrarian · February 28, 2009

    hhaha you have your own microfiche machine?!! has it come in handy?

  3. sgottahurt · March 1, 2009

    I have not come across any microfilm… yet. I wonder if the person calling that payphone might have had any?

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