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Dizzying Intellect » Unpackratting

Category: Unpackratting

Relax

Whoa, I was just unpacking some old boxes in my office, and I found a bunch of records from high school.

For those of you under 30, records are sort of like CDs, only bigger, thicker, and vinyller.

I mean, everything by the Cure, prior to Disintegration; Bauhaus and various flavors of Bauhaus — Peter Murphy, Love and Rockets, Dali’s Car, etc; Cocteau Twins and Xmal Deutschland and 45 Grave. And lighter, earlier stuff like Human League and Men Without Hats and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. And the 12 inch of This Is Not A Love Song, which nearly made my parents kill me when I was twelve, because I put it on repeat every day when I got home from school and let it play for HOURS at 90 decibels.

I’m dyyyying. I actually have a record player, too. Not my own, but one that belonged to my parents when I was a baby. I need to fire some of these babies up.

Adventures in unpacking

I’ve given up on anyone else caring about this category, but I’m going to keep doing it, because it amuses me.

Background: When my parents divorced in 1983, the vast majority of my belongings went into storage for while. Although I did get them out, this started a trend. When I went to college, all of my belongings went into storage. Because my folks were then living in Atlanta, the storage unit ended up there, but since I never had a permanent home there, this stuff stayed in storage for years. Moving around after college, more stuff was put in another storage unit, nearby.

When I bought my first house in Minnesota, I was still road warrioring pretty heavily, and my folks arranged for the movers to get everything in both storage units, and move it all into my basement. Since I was never home (and when I was, I didn’t want to spend my time in the basement, unpacking boxes) they sat there until I moved again.

Sensing a trend?

Now they’re all in my house in St Louis, and in what may or may not have been a brilliant decision, only about 30 of them are in the basement, this time. The rest are scattered throughout the house, and to use the rooms, I’m going to have to unpack them. Eventually.

For every 50 pounds of crap that I throw away, I find one or two gems. These gems are the whole point of this category. And no, I’m not going to go through this whole schpiel every time.

Anyway, today’s catch is, miraculously, all stuff that people other than me might actually find interesting. (i.e. not Russian books or obscure cds):

1. A 1976 two dollar bill (My Aunt Ethel used to send me these periodically)

2. The final Bloom County (I’m going to have this framed)

3. The World’s End series of Sandman (Though I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman’s books, and a big comic geek, Sandman has always left me cold. World’s End is the only storyline that ever interested me.)

4. Insanely cool Ren and Stimpy temporary tattoos (details #1 and #2 - sweet!)

5. My parents’ old (circa 1970) record player (Let’s have a look at those high-tech controls…)

Fabulous. I’ve very pleased with this haul.