Eleven Things

Sculptural cactus garden at Aria, Las Vegas.

So, I’m asked, What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011?

The easy, tempting answer is to itemize all the attitudes, bad habits, and ideas that I could greatly benefit from jettisoning. Believe me, there are a lot of those. (There are always plenty of those, right?)

But I think taking this literally is more interesting. What are the things I could do without? Cue Tears for Fears’s “Shout:”

  1. Most of the cheap wineglasses I bought for that party. They’re just taking up valuable cabinet space and I certainly don’t need them.
  2. Half of my outerwear; I collect jackets like a magpie.
  3. All those earrings I never wear or that have missing findings. If they’re coated in dust, they need to go.
  4. The pants that don’t fit. They mock me.
  5. The fifteen pounds that cause the aforementioned pants to not fit.
  6. Greeting cards sent to me in the last five years that don’t have real sentimental value.
  7. The stupid, tiny, ancient television that I haven’t turned on in three years and that now won’t work because the broadcast format has changed since then.
  8. Those cans of exotic foodstuff that were given to me that I haven’t eaten in the last ten years. Not gonna happen, oughta be tossed.
  9. The other bits of defunct hardware festooning various shelves. Like the Newton and the dead iMac G5. What am I waiting for, the day of resurrection when all good electronics rise from their graves? Fix ‘em and sell ‘em, or dump ‘em.
  10. Oh, and while I’m getting rid of the hardware, I should toss the ancient software too. I have way too many CD-ROMs that won’t play on any machine I currently own.
  11. The hair clips and whatnot that are of no use whatsoever to a woman with short hair. Barring some kind of scientific breakthrough that eliminates aging and allows me to live for hundreds of years, I don’t anticipate ever having long hair again.

None of these items are truly important. They represent, for the most part, inertia and a clinging to features or qualities of the past that no longer pertain. They are artifacts that embody activities and ideas and states of being that either no longer matter to me, are irretrievably gone, or need to be put into fresh perspective to regain their relevance.

I would be lighter and more focussed without them, and perhaps some of them could move on to find a home where they would be welcomed and appreciated.


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4 Responses to Eleven Things
  1. Rakewell
    December 11, 2010 | 1:04 pm

    You have a Newton? And you never told me? We need to talk.

  2. --S
    December 11, 2010 | 7:04 pm

    I swear there’s few better feelings that going through all my crap and ending up with a van stuffed to the gills headed to the nearest thrift store. Purging is fun!

    I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of the Newton thing, too ;)

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