When possible, I like to get computers into the hands of hobbyists rather than recyclers. When I worked in computer recycling, we’d take electric screwdrivers to these cool, old school computers and rip out anything valuable. What once processed software now was processed for aluminum and copper. Nothing wrong with the changes of time. We should advance even if it means getting rid of things that still have value; we should just try recycling responsibly.
I have many items around the apartment-mansion I want to sell, more to get rid of than to turn a profit on, yet there will be weeks at a time where I won’t post anything to sell. The biggest reason for that is just the lack of motivation toward getting out there, being social, and experiencing new situations. The question becomes, then, how many more weeks can I afford not posting anything new to sell?
I have acquired many books I want to read, yet my mind constantly encourages me to visit more thrift stores, bookstores, and acquire – rather than read – more. Is it, then, easier to own than read? What if we adjust our thinking away from “acquiring” to “finishing” as the biggest obstacle in completing tasks? We can oversaturate our task-acquisition to anything we want making us spoiled by choice. What if we oversaturate our task-finishing time instead?
Walking through the toy aisle yesterday morning while getting groceries, I realized that it’s already been over a year and nearly two since I last splurged on collecting things I didn’t immensely care about. I still buy things and have bought things I didn’t need, like non-grocery items serving aesthetic purposes, but it’s with more intentionality now. If I buy something, I intend to use it now, so it won’t collect dust on a shelf.
I accidentally arrived over ten minutes early to meeting “Ahmed” to sell this Macintosh Quadra in the grocery parking lot and nearly got bored. I like arriving early so that I can be familiar with my surroundings. Where I parked, I saw everything, from the teens getting out their car to go to the nearby restaurant to the cops talking in their vehicles, to the grocery store – but I didn’t see “Ahmed” until he parked.
This Gateway 2000 4DX2-66 was a buddy’s old computer he hadn’t used in years. When I tried booting into it, I ran into weird enough challenges to where after about a half-hour of troubleshooting, I decided to sell it as-is, and within a day, I’d already sold it to someone that was willing to take on the troubleshooting challenge. It’s all about the priorities we set for ourselves. For me, that entertainment wasn’t worthwhile. For him…
Months back, I thought of cleaning up my bathroom counter, to declutter and rearrange things so I could know where everything was, but I left it as a formal ceremony to procrastinate on doing. It wasn’t until I had a burn on my arm that needed immediate tending that I realized, wait, where are my bandages? Where’s my burn treatment? What do I do for burns? The bathroom decluttering process won’t be as slow going.
If there is one “lifehack” I wish I’d applied to my life years ago, it would’ve been using a weekly digital calendar and sticking to it. My problem is not accountability. When I say that I will do something, I will do it. The problem is actually getting around to doing it. I’ll forget, more important things will crop up, and all these excuses… However, the easiest way around this is extending calendar entry deadlines.
Now that it’s been about a year since I moved into the apartment-mansion, [a year for you, eleven months for me,] let’s look through the log I kept while I was moving. Since I was downsizing from a two-bedroom rental house with a basement I’ve been living in for over seven years, hoarding from day one, into a two-bedroom, it made for about two months of full-time work. It’s too bad it got so bad.
Going through my things to downsize leads to interesting questions. If I want to watch a movie like Charly, based on Flowers For Algernon, should I watch it on the VHS tape I own or does it matter if I watched it somewhere else? If the legal options aren’t as readily available, what’s the problem with watching it through other routes? Who profits but the current legal owner? Let’s explore those and other problematic questions.
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