Yesterday I wrote about Americans’ accumulation of “stuff”, and how they deal with it. A commenter pointed me to one of comedian George Carlin‘s performances, where he comments on that issue. It’s a lot less profane than many of his rants, so I’ll post it here. He still uses a few less-than-polite words, so if you’re easily offended, you might want to skip it; but it’s a very amusing performance.
A few e-mailed comments from male readers, following yesterday’s article, alleged that the “stuff” problem in their homes was largely due to their wives and daughters, not to the men in their families. I venture to doubt this. I know a great many men who have extensive collections of tools, firearms, fishing gear, etc., plus accessories for all of the above. For example, I have several plastic totes in the garage filled with holsters, grips taken off various firearms, reloading gear, and what have you. I could dispose of them all right away, without affecting any the firearms I have in my gun safe; but then, where would I find a set of grips that I liked if I bought a gun that didn’t fit my hand? I could always buy a set, but where’s the fun in that?
I also went through my tools recently, and was surprised to find that I could assemble no less than four toolboxes (including the boxes, from small to large), each with a relatively complete set of tools for domestic maintenance and light household tinkering. I have no possible need for more than one! The others will be given to friends, or (if worse comes to worst) disposed of via our local thrift shop (which already offers multiple incomplete sets of sockets and wrenches, for example). I also have a small plastic tote filled with several dozen rolls of builder’s tape, duct tape, electrical tape, masking tape, gaffer tape, and other varieties of tape, in rolls from small to gargantuan, new or partly used. Why I have so many, and/or how they got there, I have absolutely no idea! I wonder how many of my readers could do the same thing, if they went through their garages or workshops?
Yeah, I also have too much “stuff” . . .