Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Alchemy

So we continued today and yesterday in our quest for the philosopher's stone, by once again turning base metal into gold, or rather, iron, brass, aluminum and copper into money, into cash. So in the last two days we did three more runs to the scrapyard, two for iron (in Larry) and one of another load of the precious stuff, bundled up into Tara's (new) Beetle. Lookie:







Ask Tara about how heavy that freakin' chain was.

So, to add to our totals over there on the left: for iron, in the two loads we took another 1920 pounds of iron, making it now 22,460 pounds, or 11.23 tons. For the precious metals, which I am not counting towards the total of iron, but which certainly count for the total amount of junk leaving the property, we took away 610 pounds or so (guessing for the catalytic converter, as it was marked down as one unit and not by weight), and another 265 pounds yesterday, though yesterday's precious metal run netted almost as much cash as the earlier one, since there was so much brass in it (87 pounds). So that's another 870 pounds of stuff gone.

There's still more.

7 comments:

Sid said...

"There's still more"

Of COURSE there is!

Thalia said...

Hopefully one day though, there won't be.

I have to believe the stuff is actually a finite amount. I don't think all that junk has been off making like bunnies; but who knows.

Rosa said...

Maybe there's a copper mine under the house :)

Tara said...

Yes, there's still more. But finally we can see the end of it. I think the thing that makes the biggest difference now is that once we get rid of the stuff, we are getting rid of the crappy cabinetry that holds the stuff (and to be honest, most of that also came from the dump and/or is severely rusted or rotten).

Gaining back the actual space, and the freedom to think, and better yet- be able to work on the cool things that I'd like to work on (restoring furniture, the cool cars, etc..), is a great feeling.

Thalia said...

Well I'm not sure so much about being able to see an end to it yet, as there really is so much still, but I am getting to a point where I can imagine that it does have an end and is not in fact infinite.

Perhaps you are an optimist and I am a pessimist? :)

Sid said...

Tara! It's good to hear your voice on here.

I'd love to see a post from you sometime.

Tara said...

Thanks. . I just forgot my log in info for a little while. I'm slogging through a LOT of old photos that show just how much worse it all was in years past. Just gonna take some time to make them into some kind of coherent post...