10.14.2008

CLEAN-UP

Today I'm going through all the odds and ends leftover from our move. This has been sitting on our dresser since we got into the new house:

An old videotape declaration of love from Erik's ex-girlfriend.

I imagine when she made it, the last thing she thought was that 8 years later it would be sitting on her then boyfriend's wife's dresser. It has no home. Erik thinks we should find her address and mail it to her. I think we should throw it away.

What is the protocol for things like this? If I mysteriously received a videotape I made for an ex-boyfriend, 8 years after the fact, I wonder what I would think. Who knows what's even on it. We don't have a VCR, so I'll never find out. I'm not desperate enough to take it over to a friend's house to watch it.

I am so tired of stuff. Stuff like this, especially. We hold on to things like this because we think it will be useful or to be sentimental. With each move we make, we haul around all these boxes of things we never look at and for what reason? Erik doesn't even remember what is on this videotape. After this move, I threw so many things away. I was just like, "Nope, haven't looked at in a year!" Toss.

(Honey, I think I'm going to throw it away. FYI.)

17 comments:

  1. I would throw it away. all of Jake's ex's are the types that would be totally excited about rekindling some sort of friendship or even reltionship if he sent it back to them the psychos. I've recently discovered that I'm the outrageously jealous type. Even when super old ladies in wheelchairs tell Jake he's so handsome, I'm about ready to tip them over. Sad, I know.

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  2. Hahaha, that's funny. I know how you feel...Steve has pictures of him with ex-girlfriends in some of his old photo albums (that we NEVER look at), and I honestly don't know what to do with them. Moving is really the time that you finally realize exactly how big of pack rats you (or your spouse) may be...I say throw it out. She'll never know, and he'll probably forget about it within a week.

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  3. Yeah, I'd probably throw it out too. I've found pictures of Steve's old girlfriends in his stuff and want to throw them out. And I actually did make him throw one thing out: One of his old girlfriends got him an engraved can opener that said "you're hungry" for his birthday one year. (He claims he broke up with her soon after, but that it wasn't related to the can opener.) My guess is Erik's old girlfriend would feel silly if she got it back . . .

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  4. I would buy a VCR just to watch it.

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  5. Hmmmm....too bad you already moved, it could have been lost in the move - lol :)

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  6. Yes, please, throw it away! I would be *HORRIFIED* to know that an immature declaration of love was being viewed by a wife of an old boyfriend. YIKES. Ooo... just gave myself the heebie-jeebies...

    And I know what you mean about "the boxes" that follow us around. As I was cleaning out my room before I got married, I had an entire drawer full of notes from friends/boyfriends from jr. high on up. It was physically painful to throw them away! Sad. Why do we hold onto these things?

    Thanks, though. Your blog makes me want to throw something away!!!

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmZaHbGgXH8&feature

    Sorry this is totally unrelated. It's a great Prop 8 video that really gets to the meat of it. I thought you'd like to see it if you haven't already.

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  8. You're so much smarter than me. I would buy a vcr, watch it, take the vcr back, and then RAIL on kyle for weeks about why he still had it...did he still love her...why didn't he ever throw it away if he didn't love her...did he wish he'd married her [at which point he'd probably be thinking "hell yes I wish I'd married her!"].

    And then I'd get over it and throw it out.

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  9. Yikes! You are so funny Cristin! (It's Amanda from Wymount) Didn't you do a post about facebook, and confirm or ignore? Chris' high school girlfriend asked me to confirm her as a friend- no way!

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  10. I hope Denae reads this and is horrified... :)

    I'd be dying of curiosity if I were you, I'd watch it, then regret ever watching it. It's probably just best to toss it.

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  11. That's funny, especially because I used to see Denae almost on a regular basis...And she does NOT seem like the type to be all "cutesie-luvy duvy" (however you spell that) so I would be curious to see what's on it to have a good laugh, but if it was to my husband I would throw it out in a heartbeat!
    p.s. as far as throwing things out.. I've been doing that all months and recently took a TON of stuff to the D.I. It felt REALLy good.. and if you ever feel just a little unsure or bad that ONE DAY you might need it, just remember that you are GIVING it to charity and that will make it all right.

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  12. I'm with Kathy...I have a VCR if you want to watch it next time you come down for a visit. Then toss it :-}

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  13. THAT IS FUNNY!
    I AM SICK & TIRED OF "STUFF" AROUND MY HOUSE TOO!

    ESPECIALLY MY HUSBAND'S STUFF!!! I THINK I AM GOING TO TAKE PICTURES OF HIS PILES OF STUFF AND BLOG ABOUT IT!!! :)

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  14. Hi Cristin! I have a VCR too...and I say, just mail it to ME, I'LL watch it, and if it's anything worth sharing, I'll post it on my blog for you! :-) If you don't like that idea...then just toss it. But whatever you do...DON'T GIVE IT BACK TO HER! I don't know her, but odds are it would be an embarrassing moment for her.

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  15. movie night? I'm sure you can get a VCR off craigslist for free

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