Pack Ratism Can Be Cured!

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Pack Ratism Can Be Cured!

Wikipedia Pack Rat (click on pic to link)

My name is Bob and I am a pack rat. I hoard tools, vintage electronics, and things that I will sell on eBay someday.

I owned, no less then, 12 tool boxes. I had to have a fully loaded tool box in every car, in my house, in my office, in each storage building, and of course at least six fully loaded tool boxes in the garage. The tool box in the house was one of the big $1500.00 chests that stands about 5' tall and is on wheels that cost more then my Kia. It's two twin brothers in the garge are flanked by 4 to six smaller boxes that I can actually lift... on a good day. Those 4 to six boxes sit on shelves surrounded by power tools.

4 jig saws, 3 vibrating sanders, 2 belt sanders, and 2 little random orbital sanders. A router, 4 power drills, a welder, a table saw, and 2 radial arm saws. OK, you get the idea. Above the shelving was pegboard with hundreds of hand tools. Just on the wall (not counting the tool boxes) I counted 40 screw drivers.

God knows what I was going to do with all those tools or why I felt I needed them (and only God knows). In the back of my mind for several years has been the thought... "what if I die, will Carol be able to convert them to cash effectively?" Seriously!

Everything I just said about tools I could say again about computers. Can you believe that at one time I owed close to 3 thousand computers? It's been a while sense I've been to my warehouse but I believe I'm down to about 500 now.

I was proud of my collections.

Last week I finished the loss inventory that was demanded by our flood insurance provider. Even I was agast. I also have to admit that I felt a sense of relief. Not that the inventory was over but that maybe I was seeing the light. Maybe by pack ratism has come to an end, maybe pack ratism can be cured!

I'm still flirting with danger, I love to thrift and rummage sale. I love the thrill of finding a bargin. I am proud to tell you today that I've passed up many bargins in the past few weeks. I am actually asking myself "am I really going to use this thing" and I've been passing up those fantastic deals if I don't see me using "it" in the very near future.

While pondering what I'm going to do with my garage when it is cleaned and sanitized from the flood that nearly covered the entire roof of the garage my wife came up with a novel idea.. "Why don't you park a car it?"

Bob Timm Minot ND

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Diane Grady
Endless Summer Realty - Saint Augustine, FL

Cute! I used to be a pack rat too but after a couple of moves, I became less fond of all those things I had to continue to move. Less is definitely more!

Aug 15, 2011 02:50 PM #1
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Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
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Cute story, Bob! I can identify with your problem. My husband is also a pack rat. He does have a lot of tools, but mostly we have a garage full of sporting equipment. We have a three-car garage, but no room for a car! I like your wife's idea!!!

Aug 15, 2011 02:56 PM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Diane, I do need to move more often. I've only lived three places as an adult. I remember my folks moving every 3 years when I was a kid. As kids we learned to hold tight to things we cared about or mom would toss them....mmmm maybe that is why I became a pack rat.

Rose, I can proudly say that when I did have a three car garage I could get a car and my motor bike in it... but... then again I owned a huge warehouse (same one I own today, just a block away from my home. Now that warehouse is 50 miles away. If I could just bring it up here.

Aug 15, 2011 03:25 PM #3
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
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Keeping it to the positives - a horrible devastating event and then opportunity to make a change - purge and start fresh with more storage space.  All the best as you continue to work through things and plan for your new improvements.

Aug 15, 2011 03:32 PM #4
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Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
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Now we are going to want to see evidence of your car parked in the garage when it happens. THEN we'll know you've ben cured and listened ot the wife's novel idea!

 

Aug 15, 2011 03:57 PM #5
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Connie, I'm hoping to make many positive changes through this disaster... providing I live through it! The amount of stress involved in an event like this is far more then I imagined. It tests every aspect of ones life, especially ones faith.

Joni, I may have to replace my Kia as it seems to be dying so I best look for another small car that will fit into that garage for the picture. Maybe I should be looking for one of those Smart cars, won't that impress my clients (especially with the "REALMAN" license plates on it).

Aug 16, 2011 01:49 AM #6
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Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
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Bob - 3,000 computers...really???  Holy cow!  You take 'collecting' seriously!  I understand your infatuation with the search of a great 'bargain'.  I'm a real sucker for Estate Sales and we have alot of them in my area.  I've had to start controlling myself and only buy things that I know I'm going to use.  I primarily go to buy books!  Best of luck with getting your car in the garage!

Aug 16, 2011 02:08 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Denise, unfortunately for me the really valuable ones were at my home. While the most prized were two of IBM's first PC's with very low serial numbers I also had pre-IBM computers by off-beat companies that had their own operating systems prior to DOS. Before I put one single thing in that garage I've decided to park a car in there.. take a picture for AR... and then see if I can do the same again in a week.

Aug 16, 2011 02:23 AM #8
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
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Bob - you have the best sense of humor....even in trying times!  I am not surprised that you are a pack rat from reading many of your past posts.  I use my garage to park my car in - listen to your wife...you might love this unique use. LOL

Aug 16, 2011 05:12 AM #9
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Barbara, as Realtors we have all been in that one home that had a winding narrow path through it... that would be what my garage was before the flood. I doubt I could have parked a bike in it without some serious re-arranging. Below is a storage room I have (not the garage) after the flood. Note the vintage IBM PC. This was from the 1st year they came out with a hard drive... a whooping 10 megabite HD.

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Aug 16, 2011 05:32 AM #10
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