Bang them keys!

Bang them keys!
Must love the writing life...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wow. Be Careful Who Services Your Typewriter!

Well, over the phone, I was quoted $256.00 for a thorough cleaning of my typewriter at a recommended place.  Thought that was kinda outrageous, so I decided to take my Hermie to the closest place to where I live.

On the phone, the owner of the place said he knew about the Hermes 3000 inside out; and that, for a flat fee of 45 dollars, he would clean it and show me how to use it when I got it back from servicing it.  Thrilled, I drove my Hermie to that place.  When I got there, he said, "Oh, yeah.  They don't make 'em like they used to.  This machine is from Germany."  That should have been hint enough for me to turn around and take my machine home.  My machine is from Switzerland.  But I didn't want to be rude.  So I handed him my machine and bit my nails all the way home.  Sigh. 

When I went back, he didn't really show me anything in depth, just how to work the margins. He charged me $75.00 because I ordered a ribbon and because the flat fee carries a tax at this place (making it not a flat fee).  I thanked him and was happy to have my Hermie back. 

When I was finally seated at my typing stand, I started banging those keys and noticed the spacebar didn't work like it used to.  It was hitting metal to metal.  I thought to myself, "Am I just being picky here?" 

Yup.  My paranoid behind took my Hermie into a different place to get it serviced.  Gary, the Owner of Gary's Typewriter Repairs, informed me that there was, in fact, no padding for the spacebar.  The padding had come off during the cleaning service at the first place I took it to.  Then I found out that that other owner of  that first place I took my Hermie to actually takes his machines to Gary for servicing.  Sigh. I know.  Hard to believe, huh.  Pfffft... I won't dwell too much on that info.

So another week without my Hermie later, I got my typewriter back.  In perfect condition.  Now it sits on its typing stand gleaming at me --It's so shiny!  :)  I love, love my Hermie.  Too bad it took me so long to get it serviced.  I guess you get the kinda service you pay for?  Sigh.  Well, the second place I took it to is reasonable.  He charges a 45 dollar flat fee also.  And when he says flat fee, he means flat fee!  But his work speaks for itself.  For me to dish out $256.00, my Hermie would have to do the dishes. 

I will continue to take my Hermie to this second place that serviced it from now on.  For those in L.A., go see Gary, the owner of Gary's Typewriter Repair at 833 East South Street, Long Beach, CA 90805  (562) 423-0157.  He knows his stuff!  And he showed me the ins and outs of my Hermes 3000 machine.  I highly recommend him.  Thanks, Gary!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Just bought my Hermie on ebay

That's right. After trying and trying to get my hands on a Hermes 3000 typewriter and constantly being outbid, I finally won! The seller allowed me to pick it up too. I don't have to wait 4 days for delivery or incur that shipping cost. Yes! So I'm gonna get it sometime this weekend. I can't wait. I'm calling the typewriter Hermie. It's a he. My Hermie. I'm not getting this typewriter to do any essays or assignments or anytype of work on it. I'm just going to use it for creative writing purposes like my attempts at writing 4k words each day and the free associative 10-minute writing excercises I do. With the computer, I find myself constantly editing as I type. I keep hitting that backspace button and deleting stuff. There is no distancing my mind from my fingers. I write 80 words per minute, and my fingers keep up with my thoughts, but I erase as I go. Blah! I'm hoping that my new-used typewriter will save me from that constant editing that hinders me and free me to actually think before my fingers dare to move. And what I write on my Hermie will be permanent, unless I exhert myself to erase a typo; but I guarantee I won't be deleting a zillion times like I do on my laptop. Plan: First think, then write. My Hermie will actually slow me down to tap into whatever creative force my brain wants to spew. If any. Pfffft. Some writers felt possessed by their typewriters. Lalala. I wanna be possessed by mine. Maybe I will write some Magical Realist Brujaja to impress myself with. Anywho. I will for sure write, scan and post what Hermie inspires me to do on this blog. Typecasting is it? Sigh. It's minty green. Someone mentioned that it felt like typing on bathroom tiles. I wanna see for myself, and I'm sure I'll love it. Cheers! To my new Hermes 3000! My Hermie. ~@.@~