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    2014 - 01.12

    Ricky and I live our very own version of the cable tv show “Storage Wars.”

    Or maybe it’s “Hoarders.”

    In any case, we have very different perspectives on how to manage personal posessions.

    I am of the mindset that the universe (God, a Higher Power, whatever your belief beyond yourself might be) will provide whatever I need at the exact time that I need it.

    Not to worry.

    Ricky is of the same mindset. And he keeps insisting the universe is getting tired of providing me with a giant turkey roasting pan every fall for the past 10 years because I give ours to charity rather than try to find a place to store it for the next 11 months. And furthermore, just maybe the universe will try to teach me a lesson in appreciation and have no turkey roasters available anywhere next time I need one.

    And so it goes as we pack away the Christmas decorations. Should I give the artifical tree that has not seen the light of day for 10 years to charity? Should I accept the fact that after 40 offers (4 kids x 10 years) no one in our family is interested?

    Or should I do a “Ricky” and hang on to it for another 10 years, just in case?

    Today’s Gay Agenda: Contemplating the irony of complaining that we have too many posessions to deal with. I think there’s a lesson to be learned there . . .

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    3 Responses to “Storage Wars”

    1. Anonymous says:

      You made me laugh! When my son bought a vintage fire truck, full-size, he needed a flag for it for a parade, and of course I had just the right-sized 48 star flag… But newer things I can hand over to a charity store in a flash.

    2. maverick says:

      I choose to deal with my possessions like this….
      (Note Family Heirlooms are not subject to the below)
      When I store things they go into neatly labeled Rubbermaid (etc) type tubs with lids.
      Said tubs are stored either in the garage or basement storage area.
      I keep a piece of tape on each when the last time I accessed or used its contents
      If I don’t access the contents in at least two years it gets donated to charity or finds its way to our public landfill.
      I will go through each tub just to ensure that I am not throwing away something that was given to me and I will be expected to proffer as proof that I still have said item.

      My problem is outdated electronics. I keep them, because you never know when you might need an outdated item because you didn’t transfer something off that old medium.

      I came up with this solution after I found 10 old computers sitting in my garage.

    3. Avatar of Mac Mac says:

      Hey Maverick, I actually have something very similar going on in our garage. I wrote the date that I put the stuff in there on the outside. Now I’m going to add the date I accessed anything and reevaluate if there’s been no update for a while.

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