July 11, 2006

Getting Rid of Seventeen Year's Worth of Junk

Tomorrow morning is the day of the drop-off for the local hospital's charity flea market on Saturday, so this afternoon my mom and I collected all the things we wanted to get rid of and made a huge pile in the dining room. Included in this pile is a eighteen-year-old Epson Equity LT which my parents had in England when I was a baby. It boots off of a floppy disk, and apparently the only thing they did with it was word processing and data management. Seems like a waste of plastic to me. We're also getting rid of:
- a almost completely gutted computer tower from 1995 (power button not always working)
- a Canon bubblejet printer, from the same year
- a scanner with a broken lid, possibly from 1997
- a DVD player from 2000
- a tape player
- too many audio and video cassette tapes to count
- lots of software designed for Windows 3.1 and 95
- two boxes of children's paperback books
- a toddler pottie and a toddler-sized rocking chair
- two Smithsonian science activity sets
- a large white and blue teddy bear.

Where am I going with this? Well, I suppose the lesson learned is that technology is a lot like children's toys and stuff: really only cool for a couple of years, and then it's just junk that gets stashed in your attic, resurfacing once and a while to embarrass you.

Posted by Cathy at July 11, 2006 07:10 PM