Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am not big on junk. I hate clutter. A long time ago I read somewhere that if you haven't used something in a year, you should throw it away. I agree with that for the most part except when it comes to clothes. I have some t-shirts that are-no kidding- over twenty years old. There is one in particular that has been through the washer so many times, you can actually see through it.

Next week, I am driving my car from Cincy to Palm Coast, Florida to deliver a bunch of junk to Maya. (Well, not all of it is junk) This is all the stuff that we were unable to get onto the airplane for some reason or another. Too big, too bulky, too heavy. Whatever.

Over the past year or so, all of this junk has been accumulating in our basement, waiting for its chance to make it onboard Maya. Much of it is stuff we really don't need. For instance, we have cold cups. You know what they are. They are those spongy beer holders used to keep the suds from getting too warm before you drink it. We must have two dozen cold cups here in our house right now and I would wager that there are probably a dozen on Maya already. I cannot tell you the last time I even used one. It has to have been years.

I asked Kim why I am taking cold cups down to Maya. "Well" she said, "the ones down there aren't ours."

"They came with the boat when we bought it, so I think they're ours," I responded.

"They were used by somebody else, and sometimes its just better to start over with new things" she said. "Its like a toilet seat. There are some items you just replace no matter what."

"You just don't get it, do you?"

I guess I don't. But who am I to argue over something as silly as a foam cup holder. (I was going to mention to her that we still have the same toilet seats, but I figured that replacing them would just be another job for me to do so I kept quiet.)

There are still more things that I am taking down that could just have easily been purchased in Florida. For instance, towels. Towels take up a lot of room in your suitcase, that I will give you. It really isn't practical to take them on the airplane when traveling as you can only bring so much luggage. Towels have been piling up, ready for transport to Maya for the better part of a year. I know that if you find a good deal on something its fun to buy it now and think about how much you saved later, but does it make sense to drive 900 miles to deliver towels that you saved 5 dollars a piece on?

I am also delivering garbage bags, a fly swatter, knives, bowls, glasses and tongs among other things. To be fair, I am also taking down a rather large teak table and chair set we bought a month or so ago, so I guess the trip is not for naught.

While I am there, I am going to knock out a few projects that I have been putting off. All in all, I should be gone about a week.

I asked Kim if she was going to miss me while I was gone. "A week is a long time you know...."I said. "What are you going to do with all of your time."

"I am going to buy new toilet seats for the boat" she said.


  1. You say '44 Trawler...bear with that a 1944 Trawler or 44 foot Trawler? I know, I'm not very boat smart. I like the story of your Dad traveling along. Thanks for sharing your adventures!


  2. For what it's worth, she's right about the toilet seats :-)

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  4. I've been meaning to get a new wallet for about a year. Luckily I lost it yesterday. The only downside was that it had hundreds of dollars in it.

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