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2022-11-29 11:12:34 PM  
Chlamydia
 
2022-11-29 11:13:57 PM  
A portal gun.  No joke.
 
2022-11-29 11:18:45 PM  
Lunch with Artie Lange.  I was in LA for work for a couple of weeks, got tickets to Mad TV, and won a lunch with a cast member.  It was set up for the next time I would be in SoCal, but in the month between winning and lunch Artie was arrested for beating up his agwnt and fired from the show.
 
2022-11-29 11:49:58 PM  
A hand woven bookmark used by Sir Terry Pratchett

It was at an auction for his charity and he got excited and added it as the final item of the auction while bidding was going on.
 
2022-11-30 5:52:18 AM  
A crown roast of lamb, as an 8 year old.

mom cooked it up wonderfully, it was delicious.
 
2022-11-30 5:54:07 AM  
Mine was an eBay auction but I'm counting it. I have an Ohio State game used football. It was missing the laces and the air bladder. Got it for about $20 after shipping? Weird but here's the thing, Game used footballs are stupid expensive - even for for programs with terrible teams. This was basically just the shell of a football.

Well, here's the kicker, Wilson will actually repair a football air bladder for a flat $20 fee.  So I shipped them the ball, $20, and got it back good as new. I keep it under my Ohio State helmet but will have it in my hands when it's game day.
 
2022-11-30 6:00:45 AM  
Liam Neeson's daughter.
 
2022-11-30 7:33:17 AM  
Not me per se. I worked at an aerospace museum. One of the board of directors donated wine from his cellar. Aircraft collectors and enthusiast are more interested in a aircraft memorabilia than wine. The museum director bought it so it wouldn't go no bid. The staff then drank 1969 chateau margaux out of paper cups in the break room.
 
2022-11-30 7:35:27 AM  
50% coupon for a chartered bus when I was 16.
 
2022-11-30 7:43:21 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: A crown roast of lamb, as an 8 year old.

mom cooked it up wonderfully, it was delicious.


My son won 15 pounds of bacon when he was three years old. We had a huge family breakfast the next day.
 
2022-11-30 7:44:11 AM  
A very heavy mechanical horse for kids to ride on (at a fundraising auction for our local food pantry)

It's currently being passed among our friends who have grandkids.
 
2022-11-30 8:47:58 AM  
Ah, Train.  Along with Maroon5, one of the leading exponents of Terrible Music.
 
2022-11-30 8:59:41 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Ah, Train.  Along with Maroon5, one of the leading exponents of Terrible Music.


I find them too dull to be terrible.

Music for people who don't listen to music.
 
2022-11-30 9:02:07 AM  
Was at a benefit for some charity with a silent auction.  Didn't notice it until 5 minutes before the auction closed but I saw a certificate with the name Charlie Trotter on it.  Charlie was a celebrity chef in Chicago, had a TV show, and his restaurant was famous for his hard-to-book table in the restaurant kitchen.  I was SURE it was for a reservation at the kitchen table so I bid the minimum of $500.  Odd that no-one else had bid on this coveted prize right up until the end.  Then I read the fine print.  I ended up paying $500 for a night of being a guest "chef" in his restaurant.  Booked a table for family and some friends the same night, went to "chef" away at this elegant place and promptly sliced open my finger.  After that they didn't trust me with much.  I vividly recall cutting several pints of blueberries in half, berry by berry.  Pretty sure that was busy work.  Did learn how to open a quail's egg, though.  Had a great meal with the staff, then changed and joined my family at our very-much-not-inside-the-kitchen table and had another great meal with friends and family.  Only cost me $1500, but now I can honestly claim I cooked under Charlie Trotter.
 
2022-11-30 9:20:50 AM  
What kind of guitar? A nice one, or a cheapo?
 
2022-11-30 9:23:18 AM  
Good guitar? They are sponsored by Gibson I think.
 
2022-11-30 9:46:52 AM  
I didn't win it, but I once donated a guitar signed by Train.  I was like, "WTF am I going to do with a guitar signed by Train?"
 
2022-11-30 9:54:10 AM  
I, too, won a guitar signed by Train, as did my uncle and a couple of my friends.
 
2022-11-30 9:54:44 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: A crown roast of lamb, as an 8 year old.

mom cooked it up wonderfully, it was delicious.


Reminds me a little of some things our family won when I was around the same age, back in the mid 80's. It wasn't an auction, though - unless you consider bingo hosted by the VFW as an auction. It was either a Memorial day or July 4th fundraiser at a VFW in a medium sized city in Western Wisconsin. I think it was something like $5 per person at the door and you got one of those old bingo cards that had little sliding things to cover the numbers. You didn't know the prize until after you won - either that, or we weren't paying attention when they would say what the prize was. They were also selling pull-tabs.

Anyway, my brother, who would've been about 12 at the time, won a bottle of Phillips Sloe Gin (it remained unopened until he and some friends drank it when he was about 17/18 I believe).
My sister, about 15 at the time, won a big brown paper bag of Rutabagas.
My other sister, about 16, won a big basket of carrots, potatoes, turnips and other various root vegetables.
I didn't win anything in bingo, but did open a $50 pull tab. I think my parents ended up opening a $100 and a $300 pull tab.
Good times ....
 
2022-11-30 10:30:50 AM  
Salmon
 
2022-11-30 10:33:57 AM  
CSB

I went to high school with the guitarist's cousin. And this was around the time where they were EVERYWHERE. Apparently the guy wasn't exactly into the kind of music that made them famous but bills needed paying.

/csb
 
2022-11-30 10:59:31 AM  

capt.snicklefritz: CSB

I went to high school with the guitarist's cousin. And this was around the time where they were EVERYWHERE. Apparently the guy wasn't exactly into the kind of music that made them famous but bills needed paying.

/csb


A job is a job. I highly doubt there are many folks playing say, Xmas music, for the love of the material. It's what kills me as a musician. My ADHD is perfect for hyper-focus practicing, but terrible for boring and repetitive. Even if I wrote a kick ass song (I haven't) I'd be so sick of it by the time it was all polished up I'd never want to play it again. And I'm nowhere near good enough for jazz.
 
2022-11-30 11:10:59 AM  

Schlubbe: What kind of guitar? A nice one, or a cheapo?


Subby here. I thought no way this would go for the minimum bid, so I'll just get it started. In retrospect maybe I should have done that for the Social D guitar.

The Social D is just a squier. There's literally no info or even a picture of the guitar. I'll lmao if it's an actual Gibson.

I'll say this for Train - in addition to their 3 Grammys and 8 nominations - they do solid charity work. Their wine venture puts all profits into Family House, a crucial support for families of children with complex medical issues and protracted hospitalizations.
 
2022-11-30 11:14:29 AM  

Iamos: Schlubbe: What kind of guitar? A nice one, or a cheapo?

Subby here. I thought no way this would go for the minimum bid, so I'll just get it started. In retrospect maybe I should have done that for the Social D guitar.

The Social D is just a squier. There's literally no info or even a picture of the guitar. I'll lmao if it's an actual Gibson.

I'll say this for Train - in addition to their 3 Grammys and 8 nominations - they do solid charity work. Their wine venture puts all profits into Family House, a crucial support for families of children with complex medical issues and protracted hospitalizations.


I thought the Social D was a Goldtop with P90s? I'd happily take an Epi Les Paul with P90s. My Epi is pretty nicebody and neck wise, even the stock electrics weren't complete ass.
 
2022-11-30 11:26:42 AM  

Cheron: Not me per se. I worked at an aerospace museum. One of the board of directors donated wine from his cellar. Aircraft collectors and enthusiast are more interested in a aircraft memorabilia than wine. The museum director bought it so it wouldn't go no bid. The staff then drank 1969 chateau margaux out of paper cups in the break room.


Lulz.  That's like an $800 bottle of wine.
 
2022-11-30 11:42:03 AM  
I won an autographed Barry Sanders football at a silent auction many years ago.  I didn't really want it, but I thought it was going way too cheap so I bid on it and won.

So I decided to put it on Ebay.  I ended up selling it to Scott Mitchell from the Detroit Lions, who was Barry's QB at the time.   I couldn't get much info out of him, but I think he was trying to buy up a bunch of autographed Barry Sanders swag to give back to Barry as a gag or something.
 
2022-11-30 11:45:13 AM  
Several pieces of various "Star Trek" Enterprise parts.

A Big lit engine LCARS board thingie from Next Gen
A button cluster panel from Enterprise
Scotty's son's Engineering neck piece from "Wrath of Khan." (Not a part, as such, but you take what you can get.)
Have an ancient Tribble, from Lincoln Enterprises, which I was informed much later were actual screen-used tribble props.
 
2022-11-30 11:48:21 AM  

drewogatory: Iamos: Schlubbe: What kind of guitar? A nice one, or a cheapo?

Subby here. I thought no way this would go for the minimum bid, so I'll just get it started. In retrospect maybe I should have done that for the Social D guitar.

The Social D is just a squier. There's literally no info or even a picture of the guitar. I'll lmao if it's an actual Gibson.

I'll say this for Train - in addition to their 3 Grammys and 8 nominations - they do solid charity work. Their wine venture puts all profits into Family House, a crucial support for families of children with complex medical issues and protracted hospitalizations.

I thought the Social D was a Goldtop with P90s? I'd happily take an Epi Les Paul with P90s. My Epi is pretty nicebody and neck wise, even the stock electrics weren't complete ass.


I don't know, but that seems right to me. I usually play my strat, but my epi pretty much lives in drop D (or double drop D) for that era.
 
2022-11-30 12:37:18 PM  

Great_Milenko: Pants full of macaroni!!: Ah, Train.  Along with Maroon5, one of the leading exponents of Terrible Music.

I find them too dull to be terrible.

Music for people who don't listen to music.


Inoffensive White People Music For Dentist Offices
 
2022-11-30 1:00:53 PM  
I didn't directly win anything weird in a silent auction, or any auction, but I was near enough to someone else's weird winnings that I'm going to claim it.

In a previous life I worked for a very small business (three owners and me, the one employee). The owners would schmooze with other small business owners around the city to try and drum up business. Apparently at some kind of small business mixer that one of the owners, we'll call him "Jerry", attended several of the other businesses provided some items in a silent auction to do a little fundraising. Jerry saw one item for a local organization that didn't have any bids on it, so he put an initial lowball offer on the silent auction form to break the ice and kickstart bidding.

His plan didn't work. His bid was the only bid, and he won the auction.

The organization was the local roller derby team, and the item he won was a plaster cast of the chest of one of the ladies from the team, hand-painted (to make it look like it was wearing a sports bra) and autographed. He displayed it right in the front of the office on our shelf with the awards and certifications that the place had. And it stayed there until the company went out of business for unrelated reasons.
 
2022-11-30 1:01:51 PM  
Not sure if the same, but pretty close
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on black velvet
 
2022-11-30 3:33:24 PM  
Weirdest? Nothing, really. Coolest? I bought a script for the MASH episode Dear Sigmund at a silent auction in high school. It's signed by Alan Alda who wrote the episode. I think he also got an Emmy for it? I got it for $10 because no one in my high school knew who he was--and this was in 1990, when everyone should have known who he was. I still have it somewhere. I'm not a big collector of anything, but I really like having it.
 
2022-11-30 6:10:00 PM  
Not an auction, but I won a bag of dicks in a raffle. I did not eat them.

/They were dildoes
//Useless to me
///Gave them to my friend
 
2022-11-30 7:11:49 PM  
One week, just before Thankskgiving, I told my mother that I was going to win a turkey at the pool tournament which they were giving to the winner.  I did not win the tournament, but it turned out that they had two turkeys to give away, and I did indeed win one of them.
 
2022-11-30 7:13:19 PM  
Not exactly weird, but unusual:

First was a soprano saxophone at an Army Property Disposal Office (PDO) auction in Germany. It didn't have a mouthpiece, but it was in pretty good shape. I never got around to playing it, even though I played alto sax in junior high school and high school. Ended up selling it to a music store. I think I came out about $50 ahead.

Stateside, I'm out of the Army, but the local Air National Guard Base has an auction. PDO is now called Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO). There are a bunch of college level textbooks, particularly from Chemistry and Physics. I recognized them from a local college from which I had dropped out and knew that they were only 2 years old. I thought I had a good chance of reselling them. Got to bidding, and I almost got them on the minimum bid of $10. Then some JAGOFF (not really, but I'm trying to be polite) starts bidding against me. I vow not to go over $100, just in case I can't sell the books. I end up winning at $75.

Take the books to the college bookstore. NOT TAKING THEM BACK!  Oops!  From the lot, I was able to return some of the used books, about $150 worth, and sold some others on a card table outside, for about $200. Went to a few other colleges to see if I could turn them in as used books. Only one place was selling them: Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. They had the hardcovers for about $150 each, and the workbooks for $50, new price. Even THEY would not take them as returns! I would have thought that this school would, since they were still selling them. Nope. The books, even though they were only two years old, were still obsolete.

There were 15 each of the hardcover books and softcover textbooks, so 30 in Physics and 30 in Chemistry. Had I been able to turn in the Physics and Chemistry books, I would have made at least $3000. With only the few I sold earlier, I was only up about $275, which isn't bad, but not worth all the runaround time. Now, with all the e-books being used at colleges, I don't think this is possible anymore.

It was okay to dream of sugarplums for a moment, but 'twas not to be. Now, I just have to figure out how to either rent out or sell a commercial building I bought in Warren, Michigan, a couple of years ago. I never learn!
 
2022-11-30 7:21:07 PM  

Iamos: drewogatory: Iamos: Schlubbe: What kind of guitar? A nice one, or a cheapo?

Subby here. I thought no way this would go for the minimum bid, so I'll just get it started. In retrospect maybe I should have done that for the Social D guitar.

The Social D is just a squier. There's literally no info or even a picture of the guitar. I'll lmao if it's an actual Gibson.

I'll say this for Train - in addition to their 3 Grammys and 8 nominations - they do solid charity work. Their wine venture puts all profits into Family House, a crucial support for families of children with complex medical issues and protracted hospitalizations.

I thought the Social D was a Goldtop with P90s? I'd happily take an Epi Les Paul with P90s. My Epi is pretty nicebody and neck wise, even the stock electrics weren't complete ass.

I don't know, but that seems right to me. I usually play my strat, but my epi pretty much lives in drop D (or double drop D) for that era.


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2022-11-30 8:41:23 PM  
My wife.
 
2022-12-01 12:10:49 PM  

Lighting: A hand woven bookmark used by Sir Terry Pratchett

It was at an auction for his charity and he got excited and added it as the final item of the auction while bidding was going on.


That's really cool. It has a story, it's useful, and it's small so it's not taking up tons of space in your home.
 
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