Jul. 31st, 2015

Stuff

Jul. 31st, 2015 12:47 am
prgrmr: (lionize)
I have, in times past, written about how I am partially defined by my stuff (insert reference to 10 year old LJ entry I was too lazy to look up despite having downloaded my entire LJ and saved it as a pdf in 2010).  Consequently, I have a lot of stuff, even for someone in my position, who lives alone and supports a family living elsewhere.

My latest stuff-drive has been comic books.   I discovered the ability to rebuy parts of my childhood about 5 minutes after I discovered ebay back in 1998.   I haven't bought or sold anything on ebay in almost 7 years, but there's plenty of other sources for my latest addiction, including--happily--real shops.  I have been to a half-dozen comic shops this year.  I'm hoping to make it a dozen before the year is over, even though I have completed the 3 series that motivated me last year to start recollecting in earnest, and I know I'm never going to own the complete run of most of the rest of what I am collecting.   (In an unrelated note, if anyone wants to drop $2k on Adventure #247 for me, I would be eternally grateful.)

Because most of my stuff is thematic in some way, it makes paring it down something of a challenge. Thinking about de-stuffing has been on my mind since visiting my parents a couple of weeks ago.   My Mom decided it was time to clean out Dad's office, and started selling and giving away his stuff.  I was sent home with a few things, some of which I've always wanted, some of which surprised me, and at least two items I had to step up and not just ask but argue for (which is entirely reflective of my Mom's assuming everyone is going to want what she does).  But, I am grateful and happy for having some of my Dad's stuff to now call mine, even if it is happening sooner than I thought.

In the meantime, I have looked around at my other stuff.  I used to say that if I have not read, looked at, or used something in 2 or 3 years, I could probably do without it.  But there is only so many times you can reread the same book before doing that becomes a chore (I'm not there yet with the Hitch Hiker's Guide, but I think the next read through may do it).  And having collections that I more or less rotate through working on mean that I have boxes of coins, posters, papers, books, pictures, slide rules and other stuff, and now comic books that I have not touched or looked at in quite some time.    So, naturally, I have found myself looking through boxes and pulling books off of shelves, remembering when and why I acquired these things.   The nostalgia and memories are nice.  The stuff is still, mostly, cool.  And the feelings about having so much of it are still not completely resolved. 

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