Saturday, June 28, 2008

Next Project : Cleaning out the garage.

Yup, it's been about 4 years since the last time the garage got a good cleaning, and now that I have the permanent carport done and I've moved the office back upstairs, I have more room to organize my stuff. It's time, and I'm in a serious thinning out the herd state of mind, so I'm throwing and/or giving away a lot of stuff. (Uh, no, none of the cars). I found some boxes of paperwork from Free Wheeler dating back to 1988, it's entirely possible I don't need to keep those. I already threw away a bunch of switch plates and loose screws I had laying around. All of the boxes of stuff are going into plastic containers and being hauled down to the basement. Boxes of nails and screws, and anything else I can afford to have stolen, are going onto the shelves of the carport. Tools and other valuable stuff will stay in the garage, but with the other stuff out of there it should fit a lot better. I've got literally hundreds of murder mystery books that I think I'm going to donate, so if you have any good ideas where to donate used books, let me know. When I cleaned out the office when Amy moved into that room, I stacked the bookcases 2 deep against the wall (and still could fit both LTDs in there - 24'x24' is a ton better than 20'x20'). When I moved them out to the carport I found some interesting stuff hidden back there, including the license plate you see here. Now, picture that family, cruising around Europe for a full year in a 1970 VW Bus (that was the plate on the VW, we actually bought it in Germany). Mom, dad, 12 year old, 10 year old, 7 year old and a 4 year old. (No, that's not Jackie-O, that's my mom). We even spent 5 months in the French public school system (that's a 10,000 word post in itself). Anyhow, je veux allez couchez maintenant. Yeah, well, may not be perfect, but it has been over 30 years, and I do have to get up early so I think I will sign off.

4 comments:

A Paperback Writer said...

Cute pic. I noticed it last night.
Books. The DI will always take them (which means you're helping out folks who are getting job training and helping other people get books cheap). Sam Weller's used books sometimes gives book credits or such for used books (which would be good for you). And the public library system accepts used books, which it then resells to get money to buy new books for the library (which is always good).
But if you have anything by Ian Rankin or Agatha Christie that you're giving away, I want it. :)

Max said...

Thanks, I really look sharp in that picture. Maybe I'll do the Sam Weller thing, I could always use book credit. I don't know if I have any Ian Rankin, but I'm sure I have Agatha. I'll give you a call before I bring them down to Sam's and let you go through them.

A Paperback Writer said...

Yeah, those pants are really stylin' there, buddy. But your face is cute. You have that teddy bear look. (awwww.)
And I never turn down an offer to look at free books....

Max said...

Oh, did I say "give" them to you? Just kidding, my mom would come haunt me if I was selling those books to friends. Giving them, ok. Selling them to strangers, ok.