This was a few years ago when the cd business was in the midst of taking a nosedive. My boss wanted to diversify, more posters, rock trinkets, etc. We had a guy named Sol from Big Time Posters come by and see what he had. Now the poster business wasn’t in any great shape either, so it was two businesses in a downward spiral grasping at straws. Sol was stooped, late middle aged and pushy but he had little or no knowledge about the slop he was selling. It was weird and sadly funny like he was doing a performance piece. He was mainly pushing photographs of movie stars on wooden plaques. The kind of thing you might win at the boardwalk, if you weren’t lucky. First he kept calling Heath Ledger “Keith Ledger” and while I know that’s not a big deal, it was his blather that had me interested. “ya know the kids…they uh…go for this Keith Ledger guy…he was in that…uh Batman thing..he’s dead too…like uh…James Dean…I sell a lot of these”. He also had rock photos on plaques and referred to Led Zeppelin as “Len Zeppelin”, “Yeah..Len Zeppelin…the hard rock stuff is big…you guys sell albums…uh it’s a natural…these plaques are quality.” and he also had one for the Beatles, “yeah..the Beatles..everyone loves ‘em this is uh…from their movie..uh..a A Hard Not’s Not…uh..no A Hard Not’s Night…ah..ya know one of their movies…it was big.” It was like Dearth of a Salesman and we ended up buying nothing

which one is Len?

which one is Len?

  1. I love this post… totally reminds me of a garage sale I went to in West Orange, NJ about 25 years ago — the guy kept trying to sell my girlfriend at the time these vintage 50s nylons that were still in their boxes. “Them’s SILK stockings,” he kept saying, with a mixture of pride and pushiness, even though the boxes clearly said “Rayon”…

    • Aaron Nieradka
    • March 5th, 2013

    Len is the one smuggling plums…oh wait they’re all Len. And I think the title he was looking for was A Hard Knock Life.

    • Tiina
    • March 5th, 2013

    Lenny Zeppelin is actually not in the picture. He is Robert Plant’s bald stepbrother who was so envious of Plant’s hair, that he went mad and set a wig factory on fire. Apparently he was more than dissatisfied with the quality of their products.

    He lost all of his body hair in the fire and they never grew back. After his release from prison in 1980 he pursued a succesful career in drag show business, where lack of hair is a notable advantage. His stage name is Glenora Zeppelin, and he’s still very good. You should check him out sometime.

    • rufus xavier sasparilla
    • March 5th, 2013

    I’ve killed salesmen for less…

    • rufus xavier sasparilla
    • March 5th, 2013

    That’s not a confession, by the way.

    • spank
    • March 5th, 2013

    Was Sol’s last name, by any chance, Rosenberg ???

    Hey liver lips, don’t make me break out my tool box ….. got that sizzlechest.

    • ChrisB.
    • March 6th, 2013

    See if you can get an internship with Sol for the summer.

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