Did any of you see the movie Joy? Released in late 2015 and starring Jennifer Lawrence, it tells the semi-true rags to riches story about Joy Mangano. Essentially, Joy is a creative thinker who’s a cross between an engineer and an inventor.
The movie is set in the late 80‘s, and right out of the chute, she’s shown struggling to emotionally and financially supporting her unbelievably dysfunctional family. And that struggle pretty much continues throughout the whole movie. They’re pretty clueless about everything.
In the midst of her family struggles, she invents a “no hands” mop – the Miracle Mop. Then she proceeds to struggle with that whole inventing/patenting/marketing process.
So now she’s struggling with her family, her finances and her mop. Get the picture? Struggling… The movie is filled to the brim with Joy struggling. Like for 122 of the 124 minutes.
And angst. OMG, was there angst… Lots and lots of angst. Jennifer Lawrence must have needed a few tucks to her forehead after the filming was done because of all of the frowning.
I was exhausted just sitting in the theater watching the movie.
The 86 year old mother of a friend of mine summed it up pretty well. “I just got sick and tired of seeing that damn mop!”
Turns out that Joy was the golden girl of the fledgling QVC and then the Home Shopping Network (HSN), and ultimately made millions. After the Miracle Mop, she went on to obtain 100 patents on other “must have” products we absolutely couldn’t live without. She’s the fairy godmother of the “As seen on TV” cult.
Look in your basement – I bet you have some of her crap…eh, I mean, inventions.
Which brings me to AGMA.
AGMA is thinking of becoming a business mogul herself. I’m thinking that I have a good brain and can advise myself. Just like Donald “small hands” Trump. I’m thinking the sky’s the limit.
Unfortunately, I’m not an engineer or an inventor or a innovative thinker. At all. Just like Mr. Small Hands.
I remember reading an article in The Wall Street Journal around 1980 about a company that was going to produce wireless, portable telephones to use a new localized “cellular” communication technology allowing phone calls from virtually anywhere. I sniffed, “Who would ever be interested in that?”
Duh…just like every person on the planet, AGMA. Epic out-of-the-box-thinking fail.
And I’m cautious. I’m not generally an early adopter. I learned my lesson after buying that Sony Betamax video player back in the mid-80’s. Shrewd move.
But now I waited the requisite twenty years to make sure it wasn’t a flash in the pan. I’ve done my YouTube tutorial viewing. I’ve done my thrift shop bargain hunting. And I’ve opened my PayPal account.
I am ready to take the business mogul plunge even though my nickname in massage school was “Man Hands”.
And now for the big announcement.. (drum roll)
I’m going to start selling crap…eh…treasures on eBay!
I figure there’s nothing like waiting until the market is totally saturated. There’s something like a million people selling on eBay now. My timing has always been so spot on…
But I was inspired by a woman I met on our South Africa tour. She’s been selling on eBay for 16 years. She sells lots of stuff, but evidently she really sells the snot out of very large bras that she buys in thrift stores.
“Hey”, I thought, “I’ve been buying big bras all my life. And I’m really good at picking good stuff out at thrift stores. I can do that!”
It’ll be Lucy and Ethel in Paris all over again.
So look for my eBay listings for burlap sacks, feed buckets, extra large women’s gloves, a Beta version of Ghostbusters, and gigundo bras.
And possibly a damn mop or two.
P.S. Happy Easter to those of you who, like me, will be glad Lent is over and I can get all sugared up again!