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Archaeology 101

August 14, 2008

The Wife and the Girl Child are gone for a few days to visit family! Respite and calm… though I’m missing Girl Child. I’m also starting in on figuring out what stuff stays and what should come with me when I find a place to live.

I was in the military for a bit… and they have this nasty tendency to ask you to move halfway across the country every three or four years. While disruptive (especially to the kids having to change schools and make new friends), this frequent moving had a little known (until now) benefit…

When you have to move, you tend to clean out your junk piles and throw stuff away. You actually get a pretty fresh start at each new place with just the stuff you really wanted to keep in the long run….

But, my last assignment lasted much longer than four years and, because there were jobs here, we decided to stay in the area when I got out of the military. What that means is that my pack rat genes have had full application over the past [mumble, mumble] years. I’m finding stuff I hadn’t seen in 10-plus years! Unfortunately, those same pack rat genes that caused me to save that ‘treasure’ also causes me to say, “Hey, I haven’t used this for 10 years, nor missed it for 10 years… but let me keep it anyway! (I might need that set of 1995 Time magazines sometime).” [SMACK!!] I need to smack myself to pitch the stuff. I’ll likely be asking for volunteers to continue to do the smacking… line forms on the right… no pushing… please… there’ll be plenty of me to smack around…

So, after a couple hours with little to show but slightly rearranged stacks of ‘stuff’, I’ve reverted to grabbing a Scotch and sitting down for a few to type this out…

One room down… and the easy one at that… and only six rooms to go…

… and then will come the return of The Wife and the negotiations between what she thinks can go and what I think should go will begin …

…yay…