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New Journal

Continue reading at your own risk.

This blog will discuss, among other things,  the progress of an effort to translate some software from English into another language.

I will edit these entries often, in an attempt to make myself look better. Soon, I hope, there will be less of my own person pronouns, replaced by other writers’ edits and suggestions.

Purging old documents – box 1

(If you are  looking for computer help, please click on “How Computers Work 101”. It is above, just to the right of the word “HOME”.)

Now that we have sold our house in Duluth, there are 100s of moving boxes to open and put their contents away. This posting is a report on the first box to be processed.

When I left Milwaukee (28 years ago) I had a strong feeling that many of the documents I worked with would be valuable again someday. The file folder tabs from the first box of saved documents are shown above.

In the “brass” folder were a few documents from custom displays that were built out of brass. There were only a few jobs made of brass in the ten years I was working there so that folder was easy to throw away.

Mailing lists were a big part of my business. I remember when my girls basketball team got together to stuff envelopes. We were able to purchase basketballs, knee pads, a no-dribble ball and other equipment. Another mailing was done at home and my mother and daughters teamed up to stuff enough envelopes to buy a piano. It cost almost $ 2000.  Last week we paid a guy $110 to take away that same piano.

I will post entries for other boxes that I empty out.

BTW, this whole exercise is mostly for me; to practice typing so that eventually I can qualify as a writer. In the mean time, these entries allow me to memorialize evidence of my genius workflow before I send it to the landfill.

Drafting Supplies

Today I gathered together drafting supplies that have accumulated over the years, most of them many years ago. Several lead holders (one once belonged to my supervisor), paper cleaning powder and pad, long leads of different hardness, compasses and dividers (most missing parts) and a variety of sharpeners are all going to the landfill.

All this equipment is obsolete. I have moved them around over 40 years, putting value on them based on the symbolic representation of work performed.


I wanted to save a few things while filling a garbage bag.

but they’re all gone now.