A spare bicycle tube, a baseball, and a jump rope. Documentaries about Garry Kasparov and Irving Howe. A bottle of detergent specifically for lingerie. Business cards from two dozen states, a flotilla of also-rans, and a firearms instructor. My own business cards for old jobs--writer, consultant, writer. A handheld Simon Trickster. A traffic ticket from St. Charles' Parish (oops). Boxes of Darjeeling, Oolong, and "Russian Caravan." A cache of love letters. A mechanical pencil from the City of Hiroshima: "we are also devoted to inventing and promoting Peaceful Technology." Two Gary Cooper stamps.

Now which of this stuff am I supposed to throw away?

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