OK, buckle up.
For a long time, I was a toy collector. I still am, only I just buy 25th Anniversary Joes. Man, I used to have it all. MASK, Robotix, Joes, Transformers, TF Classics, some Marvel, tons of comic books, tons of Star Wars crap. I had probably over 1,000 individual toys. A sprawling basement held them all, and the internet was my playground for finding more and sharing my interests. I loved having all this cool crap from the 80s.
Then, my grandma and dad died, within two years of each other. I guess I can trace it to that point: I realized that what I called the “Somewhere in Time” effect of my 80’s cave was irretrievably broken. It wasn’t gonna be my childhood again, not with half my family gone. So about then I started reconsidering.
We moved to another city for my schooling, and I packaged all this crap up in the biggest U-Haul they could rent me and left a lot back at home, which over three years I picked up and brought to Cowtown, my new city. I then left for a summer and went to “Big Anonymous Air Power Organization”. Ha, my disguises are lame. Anyway, I learned there all I need to live are clothes, some money and a place to stay. Very liberating.
I came home and was almost immediately revolted by the sheer amount of stuff. So I started the great eBay athon – I sold so much I made PowerSeller in three months. Made a good chunk of change and bought some adult stuff – 42″ Plasma TV (1080p), a Wii, Surround sound etc. I’m becoming less materialistic, but I wanted some actual stuff I’d used. Sure M.A.S.K. rocks, but I haven’t played with Condor in years. So now I’ve noticed my collections piss me off. So off they go. Now I keep Masterpiece Optimus Prime, my Joes and a single Rubbermaid tub of my old 80’s toys (Captain Power etc).
I really feel alot better. That and I read http://www.unclutterer.com everyday. Makes me feel good to get rid of stuff. A simpler life is a better life I think. More to come. I’m thinking of posts on Photon, Lazer Tag, Spiral Zone and a few others. Let me know in the comments what you want to hear. I can continue relating my life story if you want.