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Old 03-16-2006, 05:29 PM   #21
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thanks for reminding me.* But take a look at my avatar and tell me "How long will it take me to score with a girl like the one in your avatar?"
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The girl in my avatar is just some footage that I shot of the cleaning lady out here. She was just cleanin' the floor.

In California girls like this are everywhere. You shouldn't have a problem.

Of course, you'll have to listen to her talk about her shoes and other mundane stuff like that !
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Old 03-16-2006, 05:47 PM   #22
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Ya know it's hard to read your posts with that movement on the left side.
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OAP: Good luck to you. How is your health? You had a rough year with such a major surgery. You are a brave soul to leave everything and start anew. SF is a vibrant area, and I do hope you find some peace of mind, make a few friends and tell us all about your new journey. Also, your brother might cherish your chess set.
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man, you and I are heading down similar roads with different starting points. Good luck to you. But NYC prepares you for lots of things.

I've driven cross country before and my only advice is take it slow and stay on well traveled roads. You are lucky to have someone to get an address there in Ariz.

If things go well, I may see you next year in Chiang Mai. My best buddy is married to a lady from just outside Chiang Mai, so one of these days I will have a great tour guide there.

I hope you keep me posted on where your at and headed.
I plan to do take a leisurely 1 to 2 month to get there. I am bringing a tent and sleeping bag to enjoy the outdoors. I have driven to Miami Beach twice but in under 2 days.
You are right, NYC can teach one to be fairly street savy.
Regarding my trip to Thailand, I'm not sure from where i'll be flying from but besides Phoenix, I thought of LA or even SF but am not sure how I would get there. How are you getting to SF?
We'll definitely keep in touch. Timing is everything.

By the way, in the late 70's, I quit my job and chased after a short term girlfriend who moved to SF. Although, we did not rekindle our love relationship, I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 weeks I spent in SF. If I hadn't been so frugal minded (had a rent control apartment and no car), I would have loved to have moved there.

Best of luck and continued health to you on your trip to SF.
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OAP sounds like he is way beyond most people already in "de-junking" his life!

For people who aren't there yet, but wish they were, I'd recommend a TV series called the "Life Laundry", produced by the BBC. It may not be on anymore, but the host has a couple of books about how to go about de-cluttering your house and your life. The show was your basic reality but dealing with extreme hoarders or people who had just otherwise ended up with a lot of "junk", valuable and not, like one young lady who inherited an older friend's entire house stuffed to the gills with antiques and dog memorabilia (some items of which were worth thousands to the right interested party).

Each episode they would completely empty the house, put everything in a parking lot somewhere, and force the person to decide: keep/sell/giveaway/trash. They had a big "crushahh" onsite to pulverize the real crap.

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This might be an idea for OAP: if he wants to keep some of his travel memories, maybe he could take some pictures of his nicest pieces and combine them with any snapshots or train tickets/ephemera from his trips and make a small scrapbook/ journal that he could keep with him and continue adding to in the future.. whether he sells his souvenirs or stores them..

Sounds like it's not the item that's so important as not completely getting rid of the memory of it..

If you don't see yourself needing antique furniture in the future, do contact a dealer and get the best price you can for it. If at some point you decide you want to settle somewhere for a while, you can always have fun shopping for some "new" antiques.

I would dispose of everything that has little to do with "who you are now."


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Hi OAP!

I've been out of touch for awhile (DW says since the 80s). But regarding your questions about Blue Cross Blue Shield...While "The Blues" are in most states, they are organized by state. But IL requires that a policyholder be covered for emergency treatment elsewhere. In other words, even if you went to a BCBS doctor in CA you are generally considered out-of-network, but you would be covered. Its worth checking out however when you get to SF. We were surprised that our NY Aetna coverage was acceptable at our local doc's office here in NC.
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Maybe the goal should be "simplicity" or "convenience" instead of "everything should fit in the pack on my back".

I occasionally stumble accross items in my house that I forgot I owned. Stuff I never really used, I'm not sure why I bought it, and there's a low likelihood I'll ever use/need it in the future. To me, that says "get rid of me".

If you want to vagabond it for a while but don't want to get rid of everything, then stick what you DO want to retain in a storage unit somewhere or with a friend or family member. After a year, see if you can even remember what you stored. Did you miss it after a year? Did you find yourself needing something you stored away?

Bottom line is you shouldn't spend a lot of your limited time performing what I call "stuff management". Unless that expenditure of time is important to you or enriches your life somehow.





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Maybe a professor or student would want the books?
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OAP, check out Ebay Trading Assistants or Ebay Drop Off locations. They will sell the items for you for a percentage. It's better then trashing them and there has to be someone out there that would love to have your book collection. You'd probably find one that would handle your whole storage unit for you.

BTW I really envy your ablity to dejunk your life.
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OAP you are an inspiration to a junk-horder like me. Justin's point cut to the quick - I spend too much precious time on "stuff managment." But it's like an addiction I'm trying to recover from.

I hope that you and MJ and anyone else who sets out on an adventure will continue to check in here on the forum whenever the internet connection is available.

We need to be continuously reminded of the world out there waiting for us wannabees.
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OAP you are an inspiration to a junk-horder like me. Justin's point cut to the quick - I spend too much precious time on "stuff managment." But it's like an addiction I'm trying to recover from.
I had an epiphany about "stuff" one day. The purpose of "stuff" should be to enrich our lives. In contrast to the stated purpose, most of my "stuff" ends up being a burden and degrading the quality of my life. One can never recover the time and money spent on researching, acquiring, maintaining, cleaning, storing, insuring, moving, inventorying, worrying about, and disposing of "stuff".

Maybe I should convert to Buddhism.
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Hmmm

Vagabondage may be the only cure.

Lost almost everything in Katrina - except for some Jimmy Buffett shirts and stuff.

In a new house(since last september) - it's amazing how much 'stuff' has been accumulated just since then.

Wow!
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