Let’s say that you could clean out your life. You may keep any of your possessions you desire, and you will be fairly compensated for the stuff you don’t want to keep. What would you keep?
I’d keep the MGB (once I get it back). The Jeep is practical, but I think I could do without it. I could just rent a truck when I needed one. The Herald was always intended to be a stop-gap whilst I awaited the MG. With the MG nearing completion, I’m going to sell the Triumph.
I’d keep both motorcycles. The XJ600 will be kept as a sentimental keepsake (and as a loaner to my friends). The YZF-R1 is fast and fun.
My books. I love my books.
My DVDs. I enjoy going back and watching them, and they are similar to my books in that they fit on shelves.
A couple of my guns. I like them all, but I don’t need so many. I’d definitely keep 1979 the Colt AR-15 Sporter, the Beretta M92FS, and the Walther PPK/S. Some of the others will be harder to let go of, and some will be easier; but these three I want to keep.
My models. I have a bunch of them. A large model of Calypso that I bought last year and haven’t started, a three-foot USS Enterprise (CVN-65), flying balsa models, model rockets, and aircraft and spacecraft. I don’t know when I’ll have the time to build them, but I want to keep them.
Some of my film gear. My lights and the new video camera will be my livelihood. Some of the 16mm film cameras can be rented. Some of the 16mm gear can be sold.
My house. Even though I’m making plans to return to L.A., I want to keep my house in the PNW. For one thing, it’s a good investment. For another, it’s nice to have a place where you don’t have to worry about paying rent and where you can go to get away from where you are.
Flight gear. Some of it is practical – my log book, headsets, etc. I have too many flight jackets, but I like the variety. I’m the only person I know who has a complete set of USN flight gear, and that’s kind of neat. I wish I had the space to set up a mannequin to display it.
Of course I’d have to keep my computers.
I have some of dad’s belongings. I’d like to keep that.
But the rest of the stuff I’ve accumulated over the years? The toys, the kitchenwear, the appliances, and the assorted junk that takes up space? I can do without. Everything I really want, except for the vehicles, would fit into a small Ryder truck. It would probably fit in the Cherokee and a small trailer.
Maybe I’ll get on the stick and finish what I started six months ago: Selling my belongings on eBay.
So if you were to clean out your life, what would you keep?