More Good News ... Some Things Really Are Genetic  

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
15586 posts
9/19/2005 7:33 am
More Good News ... Some Things Really Are Genetic

OK, confession time. Let me stand up for this one. I admit, here in Blogville, in front of thousands...I am a PackRat. Well, sort of.

You see, life is filled with trinkets and misc. goodies that you just cannot find or replace. Therefore, they must be retained. However, the true value of the retainage seems to vary. Especially among the sexes.

I do not make it a point to keep just any old crap. I am not so anal that I have piles of newspapers, balls of twine, plastic boxes with catagorized rubber bands, 2 drawers of twist ties, nor do I save coupons. I only keep the really important stuff.

I have the fender flag that was on my 1967 SS. That was a limited production L88 engine. That was my first new car. Gotta save this sucker. I have the head (no handle) to the biggest ball-peen hammer I have ever seen. This puppy has to weigh at least 5 pounds. Can't find them anymore! I have the original MAC-V-SOG card. Any of the old guys can tell you just how tough those are to find! I have a NEW 54 inch white cloth shoelace. Now I checked on Ebay for one of these...zilch. Not a single one listed. It HAS to be valuable.

I used to think maybe I was a tad strange for keeping these prises. Until last Friday. My brother was unloading a couple boxes from the back seat of his truck. In one of the boxes was a handle and a locking mechanism from what appeared to be an old suitcase. I asked him about them. Yep, from an old suitcase...about 17 yrs old he recalls. I then asked the obvious...why keep them? I got the look. You know the look...like are you STUPID or what?

He replied..."Well, the handle and lock could be put on a nicely crafted jewelry box for example."

Uh huh. A nicely crafted jewelry box. A. my brother has NO daughters. 2 boys. B. my brother builds nothing. Least of all "crafted jewelry boxes". C. my brother BUYS gifts...never builds them. It dawned on me...RackRatism is genetic! It ISN'T my fault! Whew.


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redmustang91 57M  
8604 posts
9/19/2005 8:33 am

There is a delightful show called "Change this house" I think where they unload the clutter through recycling and massive yard sales! The ball peen hammer head deserves a handle from the local hardware store or receycling. the fender flag should be on a wall or buletin board or tossed. Use it or lose it! Stuff that is really worth collecting is different, say a menu from the Titanic or a first broadside of the Declaration of Independence. Henry Thoreau said: "You don't own your possessions, they own you!" Simplify, simplify!


rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 9:34 am

LOL...now why didn't I think of that Mustang?

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Goldenhairgodess 63F
396 posts
9/19/2005 9:35 am

LOL. I am a huge pack rat-but mostly sentimental items. The left over Disneyland A-E tickets for example. My daughters preschool projects (she is now 32 with two daughters of her own). Having moved (and still retrieving items from the old place) after 26 years-I am finally tossing some items. It will probibly take till December before I finally find a place for my treasures. But if it brings a memory and a smile to me, it is worth the time and effort.


xx_44DD_xx 51F

9/19/2005 10:19 am

I've never heard of "Change this house" but I have heard of "Clean Sweep" it's a fantastic show. They completely empty the rooms, make three piles. Sell, keep and toss......

I think we need to call them for you and your brother TDA.


rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 10:34 am

Goddess no doubt things like that are not only of value but irreplacable. I have my kids teeth that the tooth fairy picked up. Separately boxed and waiting for the day they have a child. That's when I returned my oldest's to her. I collect crap I guess is the most accurate description. But...valuable crap.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 10:59 am

44 DD my place isn't that bad. I have very small bags of those precious items. My brother on the other hand...he has a 40 x 30 three story garage...'nuff said?

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demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
9/19/2005 12:33 pm

44DD: i need that too (Clean Sweep). i'm trying to weed thru all my junk... *sigh*. but as friends say... i've got cool junk. whenever i do find stuff to get rid of, everybody wants it. no: i'm not motivated enough for a yard sale. lol. i find that i can only get rid of so much stuff at a time, though, or i start getting teary-eyed, and things that 5 minutes before seemed perfectly OK to get rid of suddenly falls into the "but i could use it later.." category and junk starts being unpacked.

oh... and there's a cool group... freecycle dot org. you can give or get free stuff. great if you've got stuff you want to get rid of, but don't want to bother driving it down to the 2nd hand store. List what you're getting rid of, and if somebody wants it, they'll come get it.


rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 1:12 pm

Jiggly, see...save and you save.

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 1:17 pm

Kitten I'm afraid of a site like that. In 2 days I'd wind up with twice the stuff I have now.

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rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
9/19/2005 1:42 pm

As I look at my monitor, within my periperal vision to the right is the 1973 license plate to my Mom's AMC Rebel (my first hand-me-down car) and to my left is a pencil holder made from my Dad's 1965 Ford Custom's old distributer cap (seems to be an auto theme?). Tossed into a dresser drawer in my bedroom is probably $5,000 worth of jewelry, but my grandmother's inexpensive department store rhinestone pin, that she wore on the label of her "good coat" for most of her life is in my safe deposit box. And yes, it is genetic. So I won't be the one who casts the first pack rat stone on this topic!!

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 2:15 pm

LMAO Wahine thank you. My head's all lumpy from everyone else.

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madkitten 53F
291 posts
9/19/2005 3:38 pm

I was like that, but last year when we moved I got rid of loads including 25 years of Birthday, Christmas and everything else cards. It was hard though. Somethings you just want to keep forever and other things you wished you had kept.


rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/19/2005 3:47 pm

Kitten I understand. You have NO idea how much I miss my Pocket Fisherman!

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rm_dandth 47M/38F
173 posts
9/20/2005 6:56 am

we have a 3 car garage that no car can fit in... which includes the legs to a drafting table (no table), 3 or 4 non-cranking weed-eaters (we switched to 4-stroke this summer with greater success), a 1989 Waverunner that was last ridden 3 summers ago, a 6foot toe pincher coffin that is 80% complete (that's a long story), boxes with old slot car track (not that the track necessarily comes from the same set or will even connect together which wouldn't matter since we don't have the power packs or cars), an old belt driven sewing machine, an electric chair (just a halloween prop), enough old computer parts to fill a small storage space behind a computer store on St Simons Island that no one wanted when we sold the store but were too valuable to throw away (like a parrellel port ZIP drive and quad speed CDROM drive), a half finsihed go-cart made from a sears riding mower circa 1965,...... we understand...


rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
9/20/2005 10:31 am

Dandth...I embrace you as kin!

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