Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stuff



Tim is a guy who likes his 'stuff'. And Tim has lots of 'stuff'. Lots o' stuff. He's got a three stall garage. Full. He's got a shed. Full. He's got two more smaller sheds. Also full. He's also got a garage in the basement. That's (surprise!) full too.

We've had some discussions. We are moving, and he has a two stall garage, with a second floor. He's got a shed. He's also got two garages at the rentals. He began to fret that he did not have enough room.

I said, "So, maybe you don't NEED all this stuff."

The man was outraged. He actually said, "If I can't take my stuff, I'm not moving," and off he went in a huff.

So, I figured not to worry about it. He'll figure something out. Tim's been working away as best he can with his back. He can't lift. He's been cleaning out the garage. I haven't see it, yet, but he said to me yesterday, in a surprised voice, "You know, I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff. There's a lot of it I don't need."

He may have been surprised. Me? Not so much...

10 comments:

quid said...

Deb-

I loved, loved,loved the Carlin clip. I saw a part of "stuff" when I saw him live on stage 7 or 8 years ago in Tampa. I like it almost as much as his "Blue Food" routine. Thanks for the memories.

Men and stuff. The ex was fond of stuff. Because he was so orderly and neat, the stuff wasn't overwhelming, but he just couldn't part with anything. When we moved from CT to Tampa, I counted the number of coats he had in his closet...19. And we're in Florida. Recently, he and wife #3 bought a foreclosure in No. Georgia to get away to. My kids didn't understand. But I knew. He needed a second place for "stuff"... HAHAHAH!

Hope Tim is on the streamlining train!

quid

FruitCake said...

Deb, I notice you didn't say Tim is a hoarder, so maybe to him his stuff really is made up of things - things that are useful today or might be at some point in the future.
I find lots of stuff I'd forgotten I had when I pack up to move - and I hang on to it because now I'm going to remember it's there, even if I don't do anything with it.
I hate it when I buy something because I know I already have one but can't find it amongst all the stuff. It's worse when I didn't know I had one and later find I did.
But to be honest, you have my total sympathy. I have been known to SNEAK stuff into the bin [not my stuff of course] but it never seems to make a dent in the pile.

Anonymous said...

No. Tim is not a hoarder. He is just an extremely handy sort of guy. Which means that he has a lot of car parts around, and lots of tools. He has five partially finished vehicles. A Ford ranger that has a rebuilt transmission ready to go in. A mercedes that needs a master cylinder, which he has but hasn't had the time. There is a skylark that I don't remember what the problem is. A baja that 'is a collecter's item' (anybody know a collecter?) and then his Camaro. So we have every car tool known to mankind. And then he began working on houses, so he's got just about every tool you can imagine for that. Stashed all over creation.

What he's discovering is that he's got stuff for cars we no longer have. (We've had an awful lot of cars. For a while he was fixing and selling them. Such a busy guy!) And then he's discovering that getting out of the reselling business, he has a lot of stuff that he doesn't need.

On and on it goes. Long story short, when you got a man who can do anything, he generally has everything he needs to do anything.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Tim is very neat and orderly too. He knows where everything is. That is the opposite of me and MY stuff...

steviewren said...

I'm sure I can understand Tim and his stuff. You hang onto it because you might need it one day...and you do use it sooner or later...I'm that way with my crafting stuff. And I would hate to have to move it all too!

Bill of Wasilla said...

Boy, I could have used some of that stuff!

Anonymous said...

There's still plenty of it here. You just back the trailer up and help yourself Bill.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and another thing, I apologize for the final lines of this. I didn't realize how far he'd went with this.

Anonymous said...

George Carlin, I mean.

PaintedPromise said...

Randy is much like Tim, although now that his health has gotten so bad, he cannot do a lot of what he used to do. he SO needs to go through his STUFF and get it moved along to someone who can use it...