Anyway, I was going to say, based on Rob's comment, that typewriter buyers in Australia can't be reading me, because soon after my Alpinas post, another Alpina - only the second I have ever seen listed on Australian eBay - came up for sale. I considered it a snip at a starting price of a mere $40, and fully expected the bidding to get furious.
It didn't. I was the only bidder!
So now I'm feeling quite greedy. But the good news is that my third Alpina is already being put to good use. My son, Danny, 23, has started to type on it to do some "serious" writing, one of those zombie apocalypse novels, I believe - though he has been doing some very heavy reading (Homer, Milton and Conrad) of late.
(PS: Did you know that in the US, the weather bureau uses zombie apocalypse warnings to get some people to pay attention to severe storm warnings?).
What's more, I believe this is the colour Alpina that Adwoa might have been referring to when she said she passed on a "Viking Grey" model at a thrift store back in January. Viking Grey, as in the previously mentioned Facit.
(This may strike one as another piece of useless information, but Miss Ghana, Stephanie Adwoa Adjeiwaa Karikari,shared the Beauty With A Purpose prize at the Miss World pageant in London last week. What exactly is "beauty with a purpose", I wonder? Typewriter collecting? Now there's a sound purpose in life!)
But getting back to more serious matters: The serial number of my latest Alpina is 107349, which places it about halfway between my green one (63089, 1956) and the one with the ivory lever (249121, about 1962).
With Richard Polt having commented that he sold his AMC-Alpina (Oh, how could he part with that dreamy, milky white nylon lever!) and bought an earlier model in metallic green (the same paintwork as my first Alpina) I'm also feeling somewhat guilty. Paul Robert advised me many years ago to do exactly as Richard has done: by all means buy a better model, but at the same time sell the one you already own.
I just can't bring myself to do it! Sorry.