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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/22/2018

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  02:33 AM

I spent the afternoon cleaning the garage. A couple of weeks ago a guy came by and bought my old monster desk, which had been taking up a huge and inconvenient part of the garage since the remodel last summer. Here it is all assembled:



With the desk gone, there was actually some breathing room, but there was stuff stacked and piled and scattered pretty much everywhere. My normal garage "cleaning" routine consists of rearranging stuff in a new way to give the illusion of space. This time, however, I took out a car trunk's worth of stuff to give away and also filled a couple of trash cans with unsalvagable junk.1 I daresay that not only have I managed yet again to find a clever if temporary way to store things in minimal space, but this time I've also actually reduced the absolute volume of schtuff that I feel compelled to keep in the garage.

My big problem, actually, is an ever-expanding quantity of construction material, consisting of random lengths of 2x4s and 2x6s, randomly cut sheets of plywood in various thicknesses, some wallboard, including a couple of full 4x8 sheets, and other such. This material all falls into the category of "might be useful someday," with the disadvantage that, unlike old doorknobs or a stack of cans with gradually hardening paint, the construction stuff takes up significant room. I've already built one shed to contain garage overflow; it seems ... extravagant ... to have to build another.

Anyway, for the first time in quite a while, the car is sleeping in the garage tonight. That's progress, anyway.


1It is curious but true that I have a hard time getting rid of old computer disks. I have maybe four dozen old 5-1/4" floppies with stuff on them going back to, dunno, 1987 or so, perhaps even older. The likelihood of my ever reading those disks -- heck, even finding a floppy drive that I can put them into -- is diminishing with each passing year, yet I continue to carefully stow the box. The only analogy I can think of is that it's like old school papers. You know you'll never really reread them, and you know for sure that your kids couldn't give a hoot about them, yet you hang onto them because they represent something that was an accomplishement at one point, even if no one but you cares now.

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