|Which Calculators Should I Keep?|
Message #1 Posted by Dave Shaffer (Arizona) on 3 Mar 2011, 11:16 p.m.
I recently visited my parents - my Dad is 92 and my Mom will be 90 tomorrow.
We had a nice visit, but I come away appalled at the amount of "stuff" they have, nearly filling their house. There is scarcely room to sit on their couch, the dining room table is unusable, the floor is covered with books and magazines, and the "guest bedroom" is overwhelmed with my Dad's art equipment and materials. There are even some HP calculators in there, too: at least a 32S and a 97S in pretty good condition, and maybe even an original 35 somewhere. (My Dad is a retired mechanical engineer, which explains the calculators.)
Now that I am home, amidst my own stuff, I am verging on being appalled at how much of it I have, too. Therefore, I am contemplating a de-acquisitioning mode.
This brings up the question of which HP calculators I should keep. Although getting rid of a few would not really help the volume-of-junk problem, they would be among the easiest and most lucrative items to auction off. I could use the money gained thereby to buy another camera lens or two (hmmm, this may not be converging!).
What do I have? Well, the list includes a 35, an 11C, a 41C and a 41CX, a 32S, a 42S, a 48GX, a 33S, and a 35s. The 35, 11C, and 41CX have to stay for sentimental reasons. The 33S sits by the bed, for those last-minute-of-the-day brainstorms, and the 35s is my current everyday calc and lives on my desktop. I don't really have any need for the 32S, the 42S, or the 48GX (and, I can borrow a 32S from my wife if necessary). All are in very good condition, except the 35 and 11C, which work fine, but show signs of lots of use.
What are your thoughts on getting rid of some of these? Will I regret it later? I doubt it. I am retired and unlikely to ever need them for any kind of work. Unlike some here, I don’t feel any particular compulsion to have one of every calc that HP has ever made.
I know there are many here who would like to have some of these, so you may soon get your chance.