Friday, April 1, 2011

Where We Were.. Where do we even start? - Summer 2004

We've got a new problem with Tetanus Burger, and it has to do with an overabundance of things...

No, not the hoard of junk, but the hoard of photographs taken of the junk, that predate this very blog. We've taken thousands of photographs over the past 10 years of the progress we have made. If you thought there was a lot of stuff now, wait till you see what we've already carted away! It's a little recurring section called "Where We Were".

And yet like attacking the junk, it's difficult to know even where to start with posting some of the photos. So for this installment, I've picked at random the Summer of 2004.

Back then, the Red Sox were just another team of lovable losers, we thought maybe John Kerry was a shoe-in for President, and it seems we were starting to make some genuine headway on the crap in the yard. This was the first summer we were more or less given carte blanche to do what was necessary.

Back then we were uncovering piles upon piles of rotted lumber, spare oil tanks (how the hell are you supposed to get rid of those?) 55 gallon drums full of broken glass and mystery liquids (what- we won't say, all we'll say is they're gone), extra storm windows brought home from the town dump, etc. etc..







Piles of iron? I know there's always more, but there was much more in the past, back when we were just hauling it to the dump and not getting any money for it either.



Cars? Well there were a lot more of them, in any color you want as long as it's rust. Keen observers can see that a few of these cars have been offered new leases on life or have simply earned a last minute reprieve from a certain and ugly execution.

What better place to store car seats which someone presumably saved since they were "GOOD!", than outdoors year after year in the snow, rain and sun? Better call Germany and tell those Volkswagen engineers how durable their "leatherette" fabric really is after 20 years of rigorous testing!



Oh, and that rusty rectangular tank to the left of those blue and mold colored seats? Some sort of parts cleaning bin that was half full of some nasty parts-cleaning liquid.. All gone, though I don't recall how we got rid of it. I think we brought it to the dump and dumped it into their waste oil. Anyway, it's gone. When I see people freaking out over recycling a foil wrapper off a burrito or a teaspoon of oil... I can't get very worked up about it considering what we've had to deal with.





Well, that's it for this installment. In our next riveting episode, we pay our respects to some of our honored dead. Yes, they came to this property, believing they would be restored, only to be thrown into the Colosseum and pitted against the undefeated champion, "The Claw".



Who will win? Find out!!

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

I hope you guys realize how much you've accomplished. You should be so proud of your clean up so far. The difference is AMAZING! It's hard to have any perspective when you're in the middle of the situation but you have come so far. I hope you are getting positive feedback from near and far.

Mel said...

I found your blog a few months ago after another exhausting visit to my parent’s house. Mum is a hoarder and Dad enables it. Some day – maybe five – maybe ten years from now I will be charged with cleaning up not one but two houses and two garages packed full of stuff. Fortunately, Mum collects china and books rather than cars. Reading your blog postings and looking at your photos is like therapy for me. Thank you and congratulations – you are doing very well.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Holy moly. That's all I can say. Holy moly.

Thalia said...

Go Claw go!!

Holy cow. I live(d) there and it's still mind-blowing to see. Wow we really have gotten rid of a LOT of stuff. Like a LOT A LOT.

Whoa.

And thank you, everyone, for the positive feedback. We don't, actually, get it much from people in real life, not that I've heard anyway. I guess we (I) don't get out a whole lot, or hang out with the neighbors. So it's really really good to hear it here. Thanks.

Tara said...

I do think the neighbors appreciate that, though they might be frustrated at the amount of time it's all taken.

BRIAN BUXTON said...

DID IT EVER OCURE TO YOU TWO THAT YOU MIGHT BE COMPULSIVE CLEANER UPPERS ?

ILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT DAVE WALLERS DS AFTER I SEE AND DRIVE IT
I MAY OR MAY NOT WANTTO BUY IT -
ACCORDING TO PHIL , ITS A REAL , RAL GOOD RUNNER , AND CAN BE BOUGHT FOR CHEAP ,
MAYBE AS CHEAP AS 3000 -
MIGHT ANSWER ALL YOU DS PROBLEMS AS IT A USEFULL EVERYDAY DRIVER -
ILL LET YOU KNOW - , THE BLOG IS AMAZING

BRIAN


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