It's been a while since my last blog update.  Well, I've been a little busy.  Between the auction business and my drink company (It's called Helix, and its an energy drink for people that don't want to die from all the crap in other energy drinks), life has been a whole lot of work.  Since the last update, we have done auctions for contractors, trucking companies, industrial companies, and many individuals.  One that we did was very unusual and challenging but very rewarding at the same time.  We did the estate sale for a gentleman named Jennings Osborne.

  For those of you outside the state of Arkansas that are reading this probably have no idea who he is.  He was one of Arkansas' greatest philanthropists and gave away millions in his lifetime.  If you want to see some of the joy he left behind, all you have to do is go to Disney World at Christmas time and walk down the street of Christmas lights.  Yep, those were all of the lights that USED to be in front of his house and then thanks to some grumpy people on his street, they got "donated" to Disney.

  Working on any auction, being the auctioneer, everyone feels the need to tell a story about the person or entity having the auction.  The Osborne auction was no different.  I had the pleasure of hearing story after story about the dinner that Jennings bought for a mother and her son or the teaching supplies he bought for a group of school teachers that needed them.  All the stories slowly started to run together until one day I noticed that they started to intertwine with each other and I got to witness the true pay it forward principal in action.  Some of the help that made the most difference in peoples lives were the smallest and easiest to give.  It just took someone noticing that the need was there.

  Jennings motto was "Do something nice for someone today".  Have you?


Thomas Blackmon

Blackmon Auctions