Of mice men packrats and squirrels

Of Mice, Men, Packrats and Squirrels

Are you more of a minimalist or a maximalist?

Hi Laurie

That’s an easy question, I’m a maximalist. I never throw away anything that may be useful if I have room to store it.

When we moved from Waitakaruru to Kaikoura 15 years ago I sold over 5000 items at a garage sale, then took 5 2Ton truck loads to the dump, then we bought 43 m3 of stuff with us to Kaikoura. Selling that stuff was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and the stress of it had me on two walking sticks, with a bad back that would not support my weight.

Even when I go tramping, I like to take a full first aid kit, food for 4 extra days, emergency locator beacon, rope, rock pick, tent, clothing for snow conditions, knife, snares, etc, So I normally walk with a 90lb pack (which gets lighter as I go).

My 4WD has a full set of chains, winch, 40m of heavy duty rope, full tool kit, wire, 100mph tape, multitester, inverter, high-lift and trolley jacks, gas cooker, 2 days canned food, and water, permanently aboard.

I like to be prepared for all reasonably foreseeable circumstances, and then be flexible enough to deal with the things I haven’t foreseen when they happen.

Last month was the first time I had to use chains on all 4 wheels to get out of some place I had gotten into (also on that trip was the first time I had water over the bonnet of the hilux.

I rarely defrag my computer, I just buy bigger hard drives – I love 2TB hard disks (got quite a collection of them now). We have 8 computers in the house – some are old but still working.

The garage has enough tools in it to fix most things, mechanical or wooden.

I guess I took to heart the boy scout training to “be prepared”.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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