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yes, i am an organization freak.

it’s in my blood. i can’t help it. it runs on my father’s side and is hereditary, i swear. my father has always kept everything from the bills to nails to electrical tools in perfect order. my grandmother keeps fabric remnants in order. my uncle keeps his tack and tools in perfect order. again, it’s got to be in my blood.

i now have the nickname of ‘COO’ - chief organizing officer. it’s like a puzzle that needs to be solved. it’s absolutely one of my favorite aspects of our work. i even equate it in level of satisfaction to the engineering that goes into these projects. i know i am not in company on this one. surely my other half would rather be engineering. are they that far apart? i don’t think so.
i probably should have worked for some kind of closet company or have been a librarian. who knows.

i also have a thing about limericks.

new link, new look

so as you have gathered, i did a little reorganization of the server and updated the blog with a new look.

it’s good to be able to have a bit more control over the blog.  it may also be a form of procrastination.  i was really supposed to be working on something else.  but it only took a day or so and best of all  . . .it was fun.

glad that you made it over, or if it’s your first time, made it here.

something going in = something going out

one rule or guideline that we set a few years ago is that if something is coming in, something must go out.

usually this is something similar in function or monetarily the same. somehow the exchange must balance either the monetary scale, the object storage space, the object function or all of the above. this keeps us from acquiring a bunch of stuff and also mitigates the financial impact of upgrades or purchases.

a recent example is the purchase of miglia TVMiniHD.

our sony wega tv that we purchased almost new on craigslist, was fine. but our computer monitors had better color and a higher resolution. and, they took up less space. by selling the tv we accomplished several things:

  • more space as the object we were acquiring negated the need for the larger object
  • almost no monetary impact - the tv was sold on craigslist for nearly the value of the tv adapter
  • the visual quality was much better - we now had HD programming

i sometimes think people are surprised that our studio isn’t packed in disarray. with the tendency to acquire materials and interesting objects, the one thing that has saved us from being overrun by stuff is the acquisition rule.


our neighbor, a master woodworker, is closing his studio of 27 years.

he’s been working on scaling down for the past couple of years and periodically brings us some cool objects, books or materials that he uncovers. needless to say, he has a lot to uncover after 27 years. so everything is going at a great price or even free. oh, the temptation. not only is it a great price - the spiritual energy could never be matched.

we promised each other, after the last time we moved our studio, that we would keep our acquisitions to a minimum. we reiterated our agreement on our way over the first day to help him move some materials and dig some hardwood out from the bottom of a stack. beautiful california walnut. we couldn’t resist.

and he told us to look around. . . .and then, the japanese planes. had to have a few. and we agreed that was it.

the next day we went over to see how it was going and came away empty handed. good job. there were lots of things we could have hoarded.

the next day we took him lunch and saw the boxes of cool fasteners. why not. and a dremmel attachment and some great, deep reach clamps that are no longer made . . and the hammers. i was weak. i took them all. yes, let it be known. i have a weakness for hammers and mallets. think what you will. i don’t care.

so much for editing.

well actually, a few years ago we would have taken it all. so i guess we have come a certain distance. we also have some great materials and tools from one of the finest artists in the west coast.

and i have used one of the hammers several times this week. ha.

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