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"Who with fiery steeds Oft disarrayed the foes in battle ranged."

Posted on 2009.02.02 at 11:30
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Mancini - Without a Clue/Rozsa - Time After Time


This is what it had come down to. Months of living in my own filth. I even had to step over the pile on the floor to get to my chair, and the trash can kept getting knocked over. Then one day mr_dowg came over and pointed it out. I broke down and cried hot tears of shame. mr_dowg held me.


700 zip-ties, $70, and 7 hours later, I have reconciled my space. Containers aren't cheap. Every cable & cord, be it power, USB. firewire, coax, RJ11 or 45 has been rolled, zip-tied, and secured. Two pull-out drawers keep clutter off my desk (which looked a lot like my floor) and off my humidor. I'd also like to thank "My Camera's Flash" for pointing out that I still have dusting to do.

And this little tidbit comes to you straight from question #41 of swashbuckler332's latest meme, "What do you carry with you at all times?" I answered his, but when I had to empty my backback to search for my misplaced VPN token (it was under my wife's keyboard) I took the opportunity to snap a photo:

On me, at all times:

(From left to right, top to bottom roughly)

Germ-X aloe travel size
Gold's Bond medicated powder travel size
1GB LiveCell thumbdrive
1GB Kingston thumbdrive
Blistix Medicated Lip Balm
Dog Tag chain
A USAF patch I picked up in DC a couple of years ago and never took it out of my bag
VPN token for my employer
Box of business cards
Ultra-portable umbrella
A hematite ring
Tiny bungee cord
A BSG "Apollo" collectors card (nfc)
My keys
A five-pack of Grizzly Longcut Wintergreen
Laptop power supply
VPN token for my client
iPod shuffle (for backup purposes)
Sony noise-canceling headphones
Portable Sharpee pen
Four silver dollar coins (long story)
Logitech Marble Mouse
Cat-5 cable
Cell phone

(not shown)

iPod Nano
Random novel
No less than four ball-point pens

And we'll call this third back-to-back post three-of-three for everything you couldn't possibly want to know about me.



Tat-Man the Zombie Hunter
scareypete at 2009-02-02 18:17 (UTC) (Link)
I travel A lot lighter than you...

But anyhow thats a Fun meme I might try to steal it later.

And Grats on organizing your space.... it feels nice doesn't it.

ehowton at 2009-02-02 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
I travel A lot lighter than you...
I try to be prepared for any and every contingency possible, and its saved me a few times.

And Grats on organizing your space.... it feels nice doesn't it.
My life feels less cluttered because of it as well.
catttitude at 2009-02-02 18:18 (UTC) (Link)
You are such goober.

I have been on you for months to clean up your filth, going so far as teasing you. I must thank Mr Dawg as well.

When you first lost your VPN token I told you to look under the key boards. You said you did.

You are such a goober.
ehowton at 2009-02-02 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
I'm gooberlicious.
dawaioser at 2009-02-02 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
A GOLD STAR FOR YOU! I hope my spouse sees this for their side of the office and has a "shame moment". It's beyond the word clutter and has become a small mountain of rubble and refuse. I threaten to take pictures of it. ';)
ehowton at 2009-02-02 19:32 (UTC) (Link)
I am now completely at peace with myself because of it. It needed to happen.
Cat Who Likes OpenBSD
bsdcat at 2009-02-02 20:05 (UTC) (Link)
Seven hours? Sounds about right, and is related to why I haven't done it yet. I need to bad, though.
ehowton at 2009-02-02 20:09 (UTC) (Link)
That doesn't account for all the cursing and gnashing of teeth which went into that time either. I'm usually worried that it will only be a matter of time before things go back to the way they were, which is why I tried to prevent that with tubs and drawers - hoping that having somewhere to put a thing will keep it from beginning a new pile which which will eventually have to be tackled. Rinse, wash, repeat.
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-02 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
Well, Mr. Stark, You are resourceful!

I have the same 1GB Kingston thumbdrive. And.. OMG! I used to be the "rafter rat" when I worked for a Networking Company, being the skinniest of the crew, running Cat 5 over the heads of office workers 30 feet up. So I have had/seen my share of Zip-ties and Cat-5 (which still reside in my tool box). I've also been meaning to take my punch tool out of my glove box. I still think it could be used as a defense weapon if needed.

Mostly I carry my cell, wallet (sometimes in front pocket to avoid theft in crowds), a lighter, me smokes, Cherry Chapstick, and a knife that - whadda ya know - looks just like yours too! I fear having to carry a purse as it's interior would look like the before picture.

I did have a man purse satchel, but had to abandon due to it's weight.

Edited at 2009-02-02 11:04 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-02-03 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
photogoot at 2009-02-02 23:54 (UTC) (Link)
Entropy. It takes energy to fight it.
ehowton at 2009-02-03 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
And money. Don't forget the $70 investment in plastic tubs and drawers!

I need a superpower.
irulan_amy at 2009-02-03 06:39 (UTC) (Link)
That after picture makes my little OCD self SO happy. :)

I need to get one of whatever kind of bag you have. Look at all the stuff that fits in there!
ehowton at 2009-02-03 08:46 (UTC) (Link)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-02-03 22:18 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so touched that you carry something that I gave you around every day.
ehowton at 2009-02-12 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
I also think the Voyager poker chip is in there with the silver coins ;)
ex_crowy at 2009-02-04 02:19 (UTC) (Link)
I was going to say all you need is duct tape and you could commit murder, but zip ties will do the same thing with better results. :)
ehowton at 2009-02-12 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Inexpensive and handy. Hell yeah!
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ehowton at 2009-02-12 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
I'll start carrying my sonic toothbrush.
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