Over the past few days, I have started to unpack some of the many boxes from the garage. Having finished off the office room, it was now time to begin to fill the shelves of the new units. I had anticipated finding lots of forgotten treasures, but so far everything has been as expected. I did find an unused 500gb portable hard drive, still in its packaging. This was a Christmas gift from a few years ago, intended to back up files and photos on the computer. I thought that it had been lost. Now I am going to have to work out how to use it…
Large boxes full of DVD films have been manhandled from the carefully stacked piles. After arranging the films three deep and sixteen high in long rows, I have counted well over 300, plus many box sets. This may sound like a lot, but I am sure that many I expected to find are not present, so I am hoping to discover another box of them somewhere. I separated the new and unseen films, still in their cellophane wrappers. They totalled almost 50, so I have some viewing to do in the coming winter months. Despite being stacked on top of each other for well over two years, nothing was damaged, which I found remarkable. Although the edges of the boxes were beginning to turn in with the pressure, all the cases held out well. I thought that I would give some of the poorer films away, to the local charity shop. Not surprisingly, I could only find a handful that I didn’t want to hang on to.
The boxes of books were a lot heavier than I remembered. This showed just how weak I have become, since the problems that I had after taking statins. It was with some difficulty that I hauled them around, and brought some of them into the house to sort through. As with the films, I parted with some, but not many. There are still lots more boxes to go through yet though. I have already found at least a dozen hardbacks that have never been opened, so there is plenty of reading to keep me occupied at some stage. They were all in very good condition. The sealed boxes had kept the pages dry, and they had also not curled, or become twisted. I had expected to find all sorts of insect life, alive and dead. There was nothing. A tribute to the sealing qualities of adhesive parcel tape. I have two clear shelves left, and some space in the lower cupboards. Given the amount of books still outside, I am obviously going to have to make some hard choices soon. Some of the larger reference books are not going to fit on the shelves either. I am guessing that they will have to laid flat in the lower sections.
As well as the books and DVD films, I found a lot of compact discs, and some treasured photo albums, covering different periods in my life. Regrettably, I chose to use the type with adhesive pages, covered by a plastic film. These were popular many years ago, readily available, and reasonably priced. They were a bad choice though, as the pictures cannot be removed easily, and the albums do not offer proper protection. I found my large stuffed figure of Yoda, (a character that I am often considered to look like) and he now sits in the corner, watching over me. I discovered a printed copy of the short play I wrote, ‘City of Cranes’, and a selection of leaving cards from different jobs, signed by lots of different people. My entire life history is in boxes in a garage. I say this as a good thing, as it is all still with me, and I can choose what to keep for the time remaining.
I felt pretty good after all this sorting and shifting. I had made a dent in the pile of boxes, and I was finally getting on with something I should have done a long time ago. It was only a small dent though.