Still continuing to settle in to the new house. This weekend we cleared out the storage unit, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much stuff we’ve managed to accumulate over the years. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve got a packrat personality and it’s actually hard for me to get rid of stuff. But—wow. How does this happen? You’re puttering around in your daily life, happily oblivious, then one day you turn around and BAM!—where did all this stuff come from? And yes, you remember getting that, and yes, those have a story, and then you realize the true culprit:


Time: you lose track of it for even a moment, and it will sneak up on you. Your kids will grow a few more inches and start school, everyone you know is suddenly older, the music you spent formative years of your life listening to is on oldies radio stations, and stuff accumulates.

And yeah, that packrat personality I mentioned, I have that. But not too badly though, not apeshit crazy like you see on TV or read about, where the old hermit guy has 30 years of newspapers tied up in his living room, or the wacko lady has 8,000 unopened boxes of toothpicks, or anything like that. No, I’ve got it just enough to annoy my wife. Could it ever get more serious? I doubt it.

But you know… time will tell.

2 Replies to “Stuff”

  1. It doesn’t help that your average perception of time accellerates as you grow older. In particular, your lifespan is one of the few easily accessable yardsticks with which you measure time. To figure out how long something took, you tend to think of it in comparison with how long you’ve been alive. When you were 2, a "year" was a half of your entire lifetime. Now that we’re 20’s and 30’s, whole decades don’t seem to take as long as a year seemed to back then.

    It doesn’t help that I just got done seeing that Black Hole episode of SG1 and I have horror-film borne time dialation on the brain — but yea, the rate of temporal perceptive accelleration happens to be exponential. 😉


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