Things I’ve found while going through boxes in the garage:
- first-edition AD&D books and modules.
- first-edition GURPS books.
- a lot of computer games I don’t remember ever owning.
- an entire box of autographed Playboy magazines, which was only
surprising because I thought that one was upstairs in my office…
- at least one box from each of my previous full-time jobs (OSU-CIS,
Synopsys, WebTV, Digeo, and Ooma), containing nothing worthwhile.
- Basic Foil Fencing, second edition (I took a class from the
author… in 1985).
- multiple copies of Windows XP, 7, and 8, several copies of Office,
and one copy of Windows Me.
- the last known copy of Dave’s Comic, in which I was cast as a
wing-obsessed drummer in a Spinal Tap cover band who helped save
the world from an evil department chairman.
- wow, I bought a lot of pr0n mags back in the day. Or inherited,
anyway; I’m pretty sure some of it was my dad’s, which is not the
legacy I expected. (amusingly, Wikipedia redirects “girlie mag” to
a page listing things as diverse as GQ, Maxim, Black Enterprise,
and Gay Times; that’s some fine editing there, Lou)
- three Southern
novels, which for some reason were mixed in with the British pr0n
- 3 boxes of random magazines and catalogs unopened since 1993,
which must have been packed up by one of my friends, because why?
And why did I keep moving them? (seriously baffled here; some of
the catalogs were addressed to people I’ve never met living on
streets I didn’t recognize)
- boxes of old bills, sitting next to the cross-cut shredder that
was never able to keep up.
- several boxes of CP/M-formatted 5.25-inch floppy disks, which
aren’t even mine. I think they’re my brother’s.
- two sets of jumper cables.
- about a dozen sliding rails for 1U rack-mount servers.
- a 1U rack-mount server (okay, this was on top of the boxes, not in
- CD jewel boxes, with inserts but no CDs (those are in the 100-disc
changers on one of the shelves…).
- CD jewel-box inserts, with no cases or CDs.
- CDs, with no jewel boxes or inserts.
- a coffee mug from a defunct book store in Dayton, Ohio, which
means it’s been following me around for more than 30 years.
- remember when Adobe products came with nice big manuals? yeah, I
found a lot of those.
- Creative Sound Blaster installation floppies.
- CD/DVD install sets for every Mac OS X release up through Snow
Leopard, including several betas.
- at least four different types of obsolete computer memory.
- my mostly-complete set of
U&LC, which I’d thought
was upstairs in a closet.
- a Nirvis DXS.
- 10 copies of a single issue of Celebrity Sleuth magazine,
because it contains nude photos of my friend Carmen Berg, shot by
- a user’s manual for OS/2 Warp.
- issues of Journal of Irreproducible Results
from 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1992.
- two large boxes full of laserdiscs.
I could keep going, but I think you get the point. Friday will be the
first junk-trunk visit; that’ll free up enough space for me to
finish staging everything that goes into the POD.
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