January 2, 2006

Tomcat Throws Caution to the Wind

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 1:02 pm

Whirrrrrrrrr…. Whirrrrrrrrr…. Whirrrrrrrr! I awaken to this sound. WTF? Tomcat tells me it’s the shredder.

“I’m purging,” he says.

“Oh? Purging what?”


How can this be? Tomcat saves everything. In case it’s needed. You know. Sometime.

“But what if you need 1987?” I ask.

“Well, this pile over here? That’s the stuff I’m going to scan and put on disc just in case. The rest of it can be thrown out.”

Whirrrrrrrrr…. Whirrrrrrrrr…. Whirrrrrrrr! (Oh, the carnage.)

Later in the day, as he’s taking out the third bag of shredded 1987, he says, “You must remind me to do this more than once every few decades.”

Umkay. It took about six hours to purge 1987, not counting the scanning time. He wants to purge everything up to 1998. Let’s see, that’s about 60 hours of shredding, plus scanning time. I figure this will take at least another decade for him to get around to finishing that, at which time it will be time to remind him to do this again.

1998? You’re safe for a good long while.



  1. Whatever happened to good old bonfires?

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — January 2, 2006 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  2. Hoss, no can do bonfires. The State’s on fire. Saaaaay, we could toss all that stuff into this big ole fire, couldn’t we? Hoss, once again, you’re a genius!

    Comment by Candace — January 2, 2006 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  3. I have about 3 books in my collection.

    Comment by Dan — January 2, 2006 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  4. Now this is something I have never thought about: a paper shredder. Another gewgaw to get! I LIKE the idea of shredding years after you’ve scanned them!! Here I’d gone and given myself a juicer for Christmas (nuthin’
    like fresh brocolli juice, come and get it!) (I’m JOKING): next year I’ll have to get a shredder and put order into my life, at last.

    Comment by Judith — January 3, 2006 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  5. Cleaning out spaces? Throwing things away?

    What a unique concept. But foreign to my personal experiences.


    Comment by Duke_of_Earle — January 3, 2006 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  6. Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog! I noticed something in your profile I wanted to point out.

    Blogger thinks my birth year was the year of the Ox. It was not. It was the year of the Tiger.

    The confusion probably comes from the fact that you were born in January or February (or so the astrological sign of Aquarius implies). I was born January 26, 1978. The year 1978 was the Year of the Horse. However, the Chinese calendar starts with New Year’s either late in January or early in February. Additionally, the Chinese calendar, like the Jewish calendar, is based upon the moon rather than how the Western calendar is based upon the sun, so the date of Chinese New Year’s (and Rosh Hashanah) varies every year. In my case, 1978, Chinese New Year’s was after my birthday, so the Year of the Horse started after I was born.

    While I couldn’t find a list of Chinese New Year’s dates for any earlier than around 1990, I did get two sources that gave my sign correctly as snake.

    Comment by zandperl — January 4, 2006 @ 9:23 am | Reply

  7. Zandperl, thank you! I was born on January 30th, so I can see now what’s happened. Thanks for the links, too. You are doing something very worthwhile on your blog. That’s a great use of your considerable brainpower.

    Comment by Candace — January 4, 2006 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  8. I just found a source for the dates of the Chinese New Years. (I was hunting for info on the history of Chinese astrology when I came across it and remembered.)

    While I’m on the subject of different cultures, another thought just popped into my head and I hope you don’t mind me sharing: a number of eastern ones (including Chinese and Turkish) even count ages differently. We count how many full years have completed since your birth, while they count what year of life the person is in. More clearly: if a baby was born 14 months ago, we say the baby is 1 year old because it has been alive for more than one year. The other system calls the baby 2 years old because the baby has finished one year and is in the second year of its life! I had a Turkish friend and whenever anyone asked how old he was, he’d reply “Turkish, or American?” 🙂

    In China I’m told traditionally it’s even more specific: instead of celebrating individual birthdays, everyone adds the year at New Year’s. Since I was born just before New Year’s, I was considered “in the first year of my life” or one year old at birth. A few days later my Chinese grandmother would’ve added a year and called me two years old, while Americans would’ve called me a week old! Some years it gets even more confusing when Chinese New Year’s falls early and I age in one system before the other. And one of my high school friends was from China and when she immigrated she had to figure out what date to use as her birthday, since her birthday on the Chinese (lunar) calendar fell on a different day on the Western (solar) calendar each year.

    It’s so interesting all the little things that are different in different cultures. Pardon all my ramblings… :)–>

    Comment by zandperl — January 6, 2006 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

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