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An estate sale and reflecting on a life well lived

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By any measure, Mike Niedens – the auctioneer – has faced his share of life challenges. I suppose somewhere near the top would be the 12 months he spent on the frontline in a place called Vietnam. He arrived there as a twenty year old in March, 1968 two weeks after the Tet Offensive, which historians describe as the turning point in the war.
But what he faced last Saturday at 1911 McKinney Drive was a much different, but still a formidable challenge – getting a bid on a vintage white wicker floor lamp at Bob Parrish’s estate sale.
I was taking ...


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