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'm siting here at the computer as is the normal case anymore. The shop sits nearly unused, and as the weather gets cooler, it will get less and less use, until it warms up. So many things I think of to make, but I have little use for more than one or two, so I build nothing anymore. Guess I could sell off most of the stuff out there and be just as well off without it. There is not much I really need to get by on.

If there is a decent dry place to sleep, food to be had, and I’m moderately warm, the only thing left is clothes to cover my bare ass. Just the basics, nothing more. When I was driving, that was all I had with me. I didn't watch much tv, unless I was home, then not enough to think about. I haven’t had any tv here since about June. It might be nice to see the news instead of getting it from yahoo, but even that I can live without. I don't have to worry too much about the weather, so when I want to know whats going on, I get on the computer and look at a couple of places, then on to something else.

I have mechanics tools in abundance, but I hardly use those either. I don't tear down and rebuild engines any more for the fun of it, or the need. The only time I really needed any of them was to change out the rear end in my pick up recently. And that I had a lot of help with. There are so many wrenches, sockets, hammers, files, and other assorted crap, I can't remember what all I have, but I got a 3 piece roll away full of what ever I have and assorted tool bags and a couple of tote boxes with stuff in them too. All, like the wood working stuff, seldom if ever used any more. And I wonder why did I ever get all this stuff now, or didn't get rid of more of it in the past.

Normally when things quit, if I can't fix it, I replace it. But I’ve got 2 chain saws that don't want to run, a weed eater, a couple of electric fans that the bearings are shot, a small generator that won't start anymore, and a bunch of worn out Ni-Cad batteries for tools. But then, humans tend to hold to “things”, for what ever reasons they convince themselves they need them for. The old “I might be able to use this later for...”, or “this would come in handy if...” But later never gets here, and if always happens when those things are no where close.

So, come spring, I’m definitely going to have a good garbage sale. Not sure if I will be able to let go of the tools without crying, but some of this stuff has to go. Along with clothes I no longer wear, sheets I’ll never use, excess blankets, some odd pieces of furniture that are just taking up space, and numerous other items of pure clutter. As it is, after doing a lot of clean up, I have one hell of a burn pile that once the leaves are gone will make for a big bonfire. And I need a dumpster for a month to get rid of the stuff I’m sure no one will want.

Guess I’m going to do a bunch of my spring cleaning during this winter. It'll keep my busy, (very busy), and out of trouble, maybe.

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Oct 25 @ 9:23AM  
I detect an undercurrent of melancholy

Oct 25 @ 12:33PM  
I was going to suggest maybe starting up a small engine repair (anything with a Briggs & Stratton or similar engine) service after reading your third paragraph but nixed that idea after reading your forth paragraph and beyond- assuming you do get rid of your tools!

But, maybe it's not too late- would give you something to do and earn some extra income.

Just a thought!

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