“Zombiepaper” sat on his couch where he began Better Zombie, reclined casually, and sipped some coffee while gathering the motivation to address the remaining items he needed to pack. There wasn’t much and there was plenty. For the past hour, he did some light rearranging but spent the time either lightly napping or looking at his smartphone for situational distraction. “Maybe if I write about the space, I’ll get motivated,” he thought, before beginning surveying.
Wherever I move to next probably won’t be as treacherous for ice and snowfall. It seems like every two years Seattle gets enough snow for a few days to shut everything down. It’s more adventurous on those days the further you live from the main roads. A walk to the bus stop becomes brutal or you oversaturate yourself with Pokémon for years. This year, I’m in the final weeks before finding another place for adventuring.
After I move, one of my first tasks will be addressing the potentially hundreds of CD-Rs and DVD-Rs I own at risk of disc rot. Most of the data is replaceable. This data is also all the result of backing up data from computers, so there isn’t much of a risk of actually losing any data for good. Even still, it will be good to make sure that these discs still work, and downsize somewhat.
Nearly everything’s packed. I still have some things in the old place I’m renting, but most everything I own is in storage, except for the essentials and some things I like keeping around me. When I move to my next place, I don’t know how much stuff I’ll hang up, because I don’t know how long I’ll stay there. Days, weeks, months, or years? Fortunately, I’m comfortable without my artistic noise hanging around every wall.
Although I can see the perspective that we should learn as much as we can about as many different systems as we can, there are limitations on the amount of time we can spend on things. We should focus on things that inspire us the most. What if an item is good, but not good enough to be one of those upper echelon items? When is it justified to walk away during the boring parts?
Besides the rush of getting something inexplicably cheap/cool, there’s another reason I might have fallen into the trap of materialism: Buying stuff can help you feel better. I still haven’t figured out why exactly. Writing about this could help me figure out the answer. Maybe it’s exchanging some paper for something more tangible or substantial? Maybe it’s talking to someone new? While it’s a pain to wait in line, there is something about corporate upbeatness.
I never once held a house party in seven years. What would be the point of inviting many guests over? The lie I told myself was that I would, someday, so I bought party games or got furniture that could host many people. Then as the clutter suffocated the house, it became an impossible dream. Now, I don’t have a need for anything more than a few chairs, some tables, and maybe, possibly, a couch.
I’ve been looking at apartments casually for the past month or so. It’s difficult sometimes. Similar to looking for work, there’s a certain mental barrier to enter where you have to feel in certain spirits, where you can’t let this or that bother you, and you have to be willing to wade through menial ads. I have my criteria to help me refine my searches. Certain autonomous qualities I won’t compromise on; not yet, really.
The first Dr. Octopus sat, proud. The second sat hidden behind some Cloaks and some Daggers, a black-suited Daredevil, and other equally less interesting characters. Now I don’t mean that in a snide way. They’re good characters that should be presented in respectfully designed, highly articulated, and professional plastic toys. It’s just for me, now, none of these characters represented core aspects of my personality, iconoclastic role models, or my favorite inspirational heroes. Overly critical?
When I started my career in technical support, the people I admired the most had the most information. Their years of experience, context, and intuition were inspiring, so of course, throughout my career, I wanted to emulate those well-informed individuals. I no longer need esoteric technical knowledge to that degree. Why hold onto most of it? I would only read passages on occasion, anyways. Best to keep one or two references then donate the rest.