Sunday, July 14, 2013

Curb Alert

July is a great time to clean out the garage. And while you're at it, take a look in your basement, attic, yards.You know, clear out the crap. If you find something, anything, that is not near and dear to you, has been in a box, has essentially become crap, get rid of it! My rule of thumb is that you haven't used it in 2 years, you don't need it any longer. Two words, Curb Alert!!

You've seen it, a box of clothes on the street corner. Maybe it's an old BBQ, a night stand, or bedding plants. Some"thing" someone thought still had a life- in their home. 

Just a couple weeks before our trip to Ireland, I found a well worn decent pair of boots on the corner. Laced them up and hiked all over Ireland in them, including Crough Patrick. Like a new set of tires, these boots have many more miles left on them.

So while cleaning out the garage I came across a box and crammed inside, my blow up 4-man raft. Last summer I took it on our camp trip up to Mt. Hood, inflated it, and no one used it. Time to get rid of it. Wait, let's see if this flotation device will sink or swim. Took the electric pump to it and after 15 minutes, that old raft plumped to its former glory. Hey maybe I'll sell this on Craigslist. After all, it was hot that day, a good day to be on the river.

Before I posted it for sale, I thought I'd wait and see how long it'll hold air. Threw in the paddles,a cooler, and reminisced over "river time" with the family. Sadly after an hour, the old raft had sunk into the lawn. 

Carried the lifeless raft, paddles, and a patch kit out to the street corner and tacked a paper plate to the tree-FREE. It's very possible on that hot day that someone else was determined to fix up that raft and get it floating, at least one more time.

Took the dog for a walk and when we returned, sure enough, it was gone. 

Curb Alert! Is there an app for that?

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