Wednesday, June 11, 2003
It's been a couple of weeks now since I last wrote a Blog entry. Given the amount of stuff going on here, it's not like there's nothing to write about. In fact, there's almost too much stuff going on around here these days. For one thing, it's starting to get really hot around here. For an area that's supposed to be really rainy, It doesn't ever seem to rain much during the summer. I think that the last few days have reached the 80s and 90s. For some people I imagine that this isn't much of a problem, but I have this tendency to operate on a different temperature scale from most people. while this does give me the ability to wear shorts in December without much problem (other than the inevitable questions about my sanity,) but at the same time means that I also tend to be uncomfortably hot long before most people. Oh well, last I checked, there's only three more months of this. Actually, it has cooled down, and even rained in the past couple of days, so maybe the weather won't be quite so hot this summer.
Every once in a while, the time comes when you start to realize that you've accumulated too much junk. Sometimes it is obvious that action needs to be taken. Usually when you've spent six hours buried under a pile of closet debris as the friendly neighborhood Search and Rescue team digs desperately, that's a pretty good indication that you've got a problem. Unfortunately, it's not usually that obvious. Clutter has an annoying tendency to creep up on you over time. You try to clean things up, but for some reason, you find yourself making excuses to keep stuff that you'll probably never use again. The inevitable result of this is that you just end up with more organized clutter. Here's a hint: If you have to ask yourself if you will ever use something again, the answer is probably no. So when you end up with all sorts of stuff too useful to throw away, but not useful enough to actually use, it's probably time for a garage sale.
We usually stop burning stuff in the backyard long enough to sell what's left about once a year at this time. Given tle fact that we usually have four or five different families selling stuff at this garage sale, it tends to be rather large. Not quite ridiculously large "Mother of all Garage Sales" scale, but pretty large nonetheless. Thanks to the large fluorescent green signs pasted up all over town, we had a pretty good turnout of Customers throughout the sale, and managed to get rid of a lot of stuff. It was my cousin Aaron who really cleaned up though, so to speak. At our garage sale, it's been something of a regular occurence to sell hot dogs at our garage sale, so people who have been out running around to garage sales all day can grab a bite to eat. This year, we put Aaron in charge of things, and told him he could keep whatever money he could make from it. Thanks in part to a 19-cent special on hot dog buns at the nearby Fred Meyer, and to his high-pressure sales pitch, he managed to do quite well, and made over $70 out of it. Not really the typical lemonade stand all things considered, but whatever works, I guess...