April 2nd, 2014
Over the past weekend, in an attempt to take advantage of the fifty-plus degree weather, I headed out to the garage for the ultimate battle, human vs. possessions. I am not exaggerating, it was not only physically grueling, but a mental drain as well. My garage contains a few specific types of items; lawn and garden equipment and supplies, bikes and sports gear, tools, trash, recycling, moving boxes that have not been opened in years and the unofficial Tonic Sol-fa Hall of Fame complete with various Christmas tour sets (I didn’t mention automobiles because it has been quite some time since they have seen the inside of my garage). Ideally, all of these items would be grouped together and neatly organized in specific locations, but on Saturday morning, with few exceptions, everything was…everywhere. After a few hours of spinning my wheels, I dragged all of the contents out of the garage and organized them into groups on the driveway. Before I hauled away over 1000 pounds of unnecessary items (at 10 cents a pound – not a bad deal), 212 pounds of computer monitors (at 25 cents a pound – not such a good deal) and 4 expired child/baby car seats (free disposal at the Stearns County Hazardous Waste Center – really, hazardous waste and yes, child/baby car seats have an expiration date), I placed the desired items (which included the automobiles and the Christmas tour sets – with a couple small exceptions) back in the garage in their new respective places. In the Tonic Sol-fa Unofficial Hall of Fame area (which includes everything from recording sessions and photo shoot proofs to theatrical lighting lenses and now-illegal wireless microphones), I rigged a truss from the rafters so I could work on the LED wall content between tours, I am pretty excited about that! And, though my muscles are still a bit sore, my spirit is much lighter. For the first time in a long time I can get two cars in the garage and, I must say, it is quite convenient.