A full day manual labour. Now when was the last time I did that? I has got to be a year or so. Maybe even longer?
Yesterday saw me up at 8 and hard at work by 9. We emptied out the the attic space before the temperature climbed up to an unbearable, uninsulated degree. It is hard to imagine how people collect so much stuff that they obviously don’t use (very frequently, if at all) but it is the Western way I guess.
Our mission, was to remove boxes and boxes then to put in as much shelving as possible to allow boxes to be piled up without squashing those below. We had got some wire shelving and set about trying to maneuver 12 foot sections of it into the attic in some sort of weird form of 3d tetris. 3 hours later we had cut and installed two separate sections. All good. Well that is until we started loading the shelves and hit ‘critical mass’. The top shelf jumped off the pissy little brackets when we weren’t looking. Not to worry a combination of wooden braces and extra screws and we’re good to go (at least until we get back to B.C!).
We shuffled the boxes about a got to work on the far side using left over pieces of wood found under the house. We discovered that wide sheets of plywood are just as difficult to maneuver as long wires shelves but somehow we managed to get it in place and performed the necessary saw work well above head height. Wow it fits like a glove (after removing obstructing pieces of wood with the
chisel large screwdriver).
Dragged all the boxes back in while crossing out the old contents with ‘junk’, ‘shit’ and the like. That should make it easier to sort and dispose of!
The only good find was an Osborne 1 computer. “Dear diary. Jackpot!”. Don’t know if you have seen one of these things before but it was one of the first portable personal computers, from the early 80’s. Sounds like I am welcome to this and I may well collect it at a later date and retro fit it as some fancy modern, ultra-retro PC, games console, streaming media device or something (as the screen is dead anyway). What a great score!