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Winter said in April 7th, 2008 at 10:37 am

HEH. A disc camera. Soooo terribly early 90’s. I remember some girlfriends taking pics of us before a concert with one of those. It’s a wonder all that big hair fit in the frame. It’s tough to clean out the old homestead. After my parents died I had to clean out the entire house (it was in escrow when my dad died. Mom had been 6 months earlier.) I found tons of things that it was hard to toss. Seeing their handwriting was very hard so I know how you feel. Besides, its the memories the stuff invokes that is important, not the stuff. So writing about it, is one way to preserve it without filling your closet up again.

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Karl said in April 7th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

Wow, I had a disc camera, too. Ha. Somewhere I still have those round negatives, too. Had fun playing trivia with you last night. You still suck.

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Anndi said in April 7th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

You know, I was smiling til I got to the end. I’m a basket case today. Mom died just over a year ago and I now live in the house I grew up in, I’ve found a lot of things that sollicited that reaction and that I’ve had to throw out.


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Epiphany said in April 7th, 2008 at 4:47 pm


I went through something similar about a year ago. The things you find do take you back…but like you said, you don’t have to keep every single thing. Yay for de-cluttering!

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shiny said in April 7th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Winter and Karl: I remember thinking that these were certainly the future. I mean — a camera which looked a lot like one of those circular viewmaster discs! How original! I realize that I have a new disc in there on picture “1” ready to go. Now all I need is to find (a) a 9 volt battery lying around, and (b) a place that will actually process the film…

Karl: It was an honor to whip your ass in trivia as well. 🙂 And to finally read your columns — I have to do that more often now that I know where they live…

Thanks to you all for your empathy regarding the end of my entry. It’s just kind of tough because I can usually talk to my wife about just about anything — and this simply is one of those things that she (fortunately) doesn’t click with. (Don’t get me wrong — she misses my mom terribly as well — she’s one of those rare folks who had an amazing relationship with her mother-in-law. But it’s just not the same.) Winter — I cherish some of the handwritten notes I still have of my mom’s for that very reason, and Anndi — I understand the notion of having to let go. Epiphany — my mom was all about keeping every single thing — hence the cards. But you’re absolutely right about not having to do so.

Hugs and good thoughts to you all…

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hello haha narf said in April 7th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

you give me hope that one day i will get to the point where i can throw things out. for two years i have not been able to park in my garage. and yet i still can’t pitch stupid stuff, let alone not stupid stuff.

thanks for sharing this post, shiny.

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shiny said in April 7th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Narf: There are still quite a few things with which I have a problem letting go. I’ve written emails to my mom which are in my Drafts folder. It will be really a critical time for me when I need to create a new entry for a phone number my Dad and his girlfriend will be sharing, and my “Mom and Dad” entry on my phone will be gone. The thing is — we all move forward at our own pace. And the steps are painful. But when we take them, perhaps the pain is there but you can get through it.

Kind of like walking on your foot when it’s asleep… (Okay – not such a great similie…)

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hello haha narf said in April 7th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

mom’s cell phone was on my plan. after she passed i gave the phone to my aunt without changing the number. pretty stupid of me not to change the number coz i always sorta freak when it shows up on my phone under mom’s name. coz i can’t delete md.

(md = mommy dearest, not 20/20)

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Metalmom said in April 8th, 2008 at 11:57 am

Wow, you certainly found some trreasures. I’d put them on Ebay-even the record store gift certificate and the bus schedules-you’d be surprised to find even the weirdest shit gets sold on that site!

My MIL passed three years ago (has it really been that long ago?) When her daughters and I cleaned out her house, the girls just kept laughing and saying “Remember how many times Mommy yelled at us to clean our rooms?” It is a bittersweet job but someone’s gotta do it right?

Load your stuff into boxes (as much of it as you can) Take it out a little at a time and go through it. It’s a little easier that way.

BTW- good job on the trivia!

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othurme said in April 8th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

It sounds like an amazing day in many different ways.

You better now throw out that Hall & Oats calendar. It may be worth a free blow job if you ever meet Jester in person.

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othurme said in April 8th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Not throw out…I meant….stupid typewriter.

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Dave2 said in April 12th, 2008 at 11:10 am

The labels look like write-protect tabs and labeling stickers for 5-1/4″ floppy disks!

Those were the days…

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shiny said in April 13th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Dave2: Yup! I have no idea what to do with those. I had a (makeshift) 5 1/4 drive until 1997 before it crapped out on me. Guess it’s time to throw it all away…

Then again — my dad still has some of his old 8″ floppies…

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Lostinthemusic said in April 17th, 2008 at 4:58 am

Did you throw the Temple of doom poster away? The only use for carbon paper i’m aware of now is in tattooing.

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shiny said in April 17th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

LostInTheMusic: It wasn’t a full-sized, bona fide movie poster. I think I got it for free as a bonus gift for ordering items from the Scholastic book club or something similar. If it were a real movie poster, I’d be able to cash in.

So yeah. I threw it out. So sorry…

As for carbon paper — wow! I had no idea! Guess that’s what happens when I have no tats — I have no clue how they’re done…

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