Archive | July 2014

Moving Problems Around

I’m sure my family thinks I’m crazy. I have a conscience. My old TV was dying. My parents bought me a new TV. It’s beautiful and works fine. I needed to get rid of the old one. At my brother’s house for the 4th of July, the people in the living room seemed fairly unanimous in their opinion: I should give it to Goodwill or just put it by the curb because someone will surely pick it up.
What’s wrong with these ideas? Everything. The TV is dying. It is on its last legs. Anyone who gets it would have the problem of disposal. The problem has not been addressed; it has simply been transferred to someone else. I am not interested in moving the problem around. I want it solved, not relocated.
I purchased a bulk item removal sticker. I called a handyman service and got it to the curb. I called the city. It should be removed by the city on Thursday. Today is Monday. I thought it would be removed Tuesday with normal city trash pick-up. The sticker cost $33 and the handyman cost $30. (He charged $25 and I tipped him $5. I am just so glad to have it not in my living any longer.) Yes, it cost money, but at least I have not played a geographical trick with the disposal issue.
How many political issues are just moving problems around? I do not want that. That violates commandments in the Bible and precepts in Buddhism: non-lying, not taking what’s not given (non-stealing), etc. It’s so wrong…and yet perfectly acceptable.

Another Reason to Own Less

Another Reason to Own Less
I’ve been hemorrhaging money lately. Car repairs, garbage disposal replacement, and inevitable stuff like that have really financially hurt lately. Then my TV started having issues. My parents just gave us a new TV. And hooked it up. I am so grateful.
Now I need to get rid of the old one. It is huge, bulky, and astonishingly heavy. I need two things: to have the City of Lansing pick it up at the curb and to get it to the curb in the first place. The bulk item tag will likely cost >$30, but first I have to actually get it to the curb. I might call one of those “honey-do” places. That alone might cost up to $50.
I am accustomed to the concept of paying to get things, but I never thought about the back end of the obsession of acquisition. Getting rid of stuff isn’t always free, either. Imagine if everyone had to spend a dollar to throw away an item of clothing. People would buy a lot less clothing.
Is this how hoarding starts for some? I just wonder. Living on a fixed income forces me to ask, “How much is it worth to you to get this out of the house and off your property?” I’ve been wanting to get rid of that TV for a while, so I’ve understood that answer for a while now. However, I can see how people with even less money might end up hoarding by default.