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My very first job was as a dishwasher at an all-you-can-eat restaurant. I do not recommend this as a career path. After 3 months of this, I quit and found a better job. Still, I think being a dishwasher had an impact on me. For most of my adult life, I have washed my dishes by hand despite having a dishwasher. This habit was amplified by my life in Japan where having dishwasher is uncommon. Being a bachelor, I really don't soil that many dishes anyway so it was never a real major chore to do them by hand.

Then about a month ago I decided that I had had enough. My wrists were sore from work (occasional I suffer from repetitive stress injury due to typing all day). Having used my existing dishwasher in such cases before, I learned it was terrible. It was loud, slow, and the dishes were not even cleaned well. I wanted a new one.

Dishwashers are expensive however. Even a basic model is going to start at $400. With Lefty getting an ACL surgery soon, I didn't want to spend the money on something I never really needed to date anyway. An idea came to me. I had recently sold a car part on eBay that I didn't actually need and thought I might be able to auction off something to come up with the cash to get that new dishwasher. I had just the item.

In my youth, I liked to buy and collect video games. Some of these purchases have actually become valuable with time (most have not). One such treasure is my Game Boy Player designed for the Panasonic GameCube. Without getting more geeky, just know that it was a very uncommon peripheral made for a unique Japan exclusive system. I had scored this rarity on Yahoo Auctions (Japan's equivalent to eBay) way back in 2004. If I recall, I paid about $100. Today's value: $500.

Some readers may be thinking, "You sold a rare piece of Nintendo hardware so you could buy a new dishwasher??" I know. I'm old. One was sitting idle in the basement collecting dust. The other saves me from having to wash dishes by hand again. I regret nothing.

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