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collectors v hoarders

friday, september 28th, 2018

ican understand the wish, desire and craving for adults to have what they didn't have, or their parents couldn't afford, during childhood, but so many have taken it to extremes.

One misconception about the difference between collecting and hoarding is the idea that collectors save things of value and that hoarders save trash. When a collector expands acquisitions beyond well-defined collections and loses the ability to keep these possessions organized, it becomes a hoarding problem.


A passion for collecting is a healthy outlet and an activity that keeps people connected to the world around them. But it can become a deadly enterprise when it crosses the line into hoarding. Both hoarding and collecting involve assigning special value to possessions, often value that goes beyond the physical characteristics of the object. For collectors, new possessions become part of a larger set of items and considerable time and energy go into organizing and displaying them. When collecting is healthy, the display or storage of these things does not impede the use of active living areas of the home. When a collector expands acquisitions beyond well-defined collections and loses the ability to keep these possessions organized, it becomes a serious hoarding problem. It'd a disease.

For the person whose collecting has become hoarding, possessions become unorganized piles of clutter that are so large that they prevent rooms from being used for normal activities. When collecting becomes hoarding, motivation to display items is lost, and people become fearful of others seeing, touching or even commenting on their belongings. Yet the drive to add more to the collection still leads them to acquire things that only end up in the pile, and once in the pile, objects are seldom looked at again.


One misconception about the difference between collecting and hoarding is the idea that collectors save things of value and that people who hoard save things with no value (i.e. trash). While people with hoarding problems often save things others would consider trash, they save useful or valuable things in excess as well. Many people with hoarding problems have homes filled with recently purchased items that have never been opened or have the price tags still attached.

The surrealist art of collecting is the very opposite of hoarding. It is the special, unique, magical object that draws the surrealist collector's eye: a strangely shaped spoon, a glove, an old book. From such found objects the surrealists assembled dreamlike images. Joan Mirs 1936 Object in New York's Museum of Modern Art includes a stuffed parrot, a stockinged leg, an old map, a suspended ball and a derby hat. It is a collection that suggests intimate fantasies and elusive poetry.

some of my collection

Of course, the US has a special relationship with collecting because it is the titan of consumer economies. The land of stuff is a collector's paradise. The greatest of all surrealist collector-artists was the New York visionary Joseph Cornell, whose boxes of found objects, arranged to tell mysterious fairy stories, gloriously exist somewhere between imagination and obsession.

I admit it: I am a collector of a few choice colored glass bottles and special matchbooks from around the world. I have 15 bottles displayed in my new office, and 500 matchbooks, kept in a chest. Nothing wrong with that.

A Day In The Life.

On Monday at 4am, when I went to the condo, I decided that this "condo rehab" was possibly the worst thing I'd ever gotten myself into. Now I'm sure of it. My entire way of life, sick as I am, is now for shit. Dirt, dust and filth are everywhere from the painters alone. Next come the vinyl plank flooring and carpeting crews. God help me get thru this.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the painters had finished and vacated, but will be back for detail work.

Yes, I go to sleep at 6-7p, and get up at 3am or so, while all this crap is going on. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday are the scheduled days for the vinyl plank flooring and carpeting crews to come, so I was up at 3a, and over at the condo, in the pitch black, by 4:30a. Very cold outside, as in the low-50s. I have to drape my office in plastic sheeting to cut down on the dust when they remove the old carpeting and hardwood floors. It's going to be a MESS like I've never been thru before. I should had this all done when I moved-in 30yrs ago, or moved-out all furniture etc into storage for 4-5 weeks, while these projects were ongoing, but the paints and flooring weren't available back then.

Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.

Bill Cosby, Mr Vanilla Pudding goes to a well-deserved maximum prison cell. He'll die there in 7-10yrs. Good riddance.

I worked on the computer, answering email, changing some appointments for next week and various other stuff, including hanging plastic sheeting in the office entrance and covering all equipment, chairs, desks etc, until the crews finally showed-up between 8-9a. The 2-man crew removed all 1st floor carpet, padding and the hardwood floor. Tomorrow, they'll tackle the upstairs carpeting, and then begin installing the new vinyl plan flooring and two types of carpeting. This will go on for 4-5-6 days, not the two I was told. But I knew that. There's a lot of furniture upstairs to work with. The downstairs is almost empty.

Becky and I have a meeting with Rev Bowers in a few days, to prepare for Dad's internment and Memorial Service on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:30a, at Mt Rose Cemetery. All of you who knew him are invited.

Becky sold Dad's condo for $300k, today.

The rest of the week sucked, with workmen, dust, dirt, noise etc etc etc every minute of the day.

Then on Friday, I get notified that I no longer have dad's MB C300 4-Matic to dsrive, nd all rent-a-car locations have no available cars. Becdky's selling the car out from under me at 10a, at Erie Insurance HQ, in Emigsville. FUCK!

Fake Liberal Media BS

The most insidious power of the corrupt, criminal liberal media, is the power to ignore the truth.

Here, have some fun. Something stinks within America's newsrooms. It's the stench of liberal bias permeating the so-called mainstream media. From lies and deceit to distortions and character assassinations, the liberal media dish out leftist BS to drive their radical agenda.

Chris Plante, host of The Chris Plante Show on WMAL (DC) from 9-12, weekdays, said, "The most insidious power the media has, if the power to ignore." Think about what that really means and you can readily see what an evil force the corrupt, criminal, liberal-demokkkRAT-controlled, butt-kissing, fawning circlefest media assholes, are.

Think you can detect it? Take this test and find out just how much BS the liberal media are dishing out. Wear your hip-waders; the bullshit is deep!

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