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) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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