This weekend we did some more cleaning in our sheds. We winnowed out a number of things, consolidating boxes and getting rid of some broken ones and piling a bunch of (mostly mine) junk to go to Goodwill. I'm selling some of my Barbie collection -- I posted two to eBay, I want to see how they sell before I post more. I have a long habit of saving things (duh), and sometimes I'm very glad I do -- amid my papers was a copy of TV Guide with The Simpsons on the cover... and the tag line, "The hot new Prime Time family." But amidst the papers with headlines announcing the deaths of Princess Di and George Burns, and the Phoenix appearance of Paul McCartney (which we went to), was a "Valley & State" section which I couldn't figure out why I'd saved it. I set it aside to toss, but I started to read it... and in this section of the Arizona Republic are headlines like "Mesa accused of bias in firing - Hispanic officer's termination 'unfair'," "Legislator's tabs charged to charity - $6,000 in personal expenses put on credit card by state Rep. Kyle" and "Bill on kids and guns has resurfaced," amongst others that makes me wonder if progress ever really IS made. If this wasn't dated March 31, 1993, it might easily have been yesterday's news. (Sadly.) Time capsule.
I have a tremendous number of toys. I am releasing many of them to go be loved by children... but some are MINE and I'm keeping them, including my collection of miniature Star Wars vessels, which I need to find a new home for, 'cause I don't want to store them anymore. I'm also keeping my odd collection of Han Solo action figures (yeah, just Han... I have one Obi Wan and one Leia, but about seven Hans, including the reissue where they apparently used the body of an Arnold Schwarzenegger figure).
Ringo looks absolutely freakin' fantastic. And he still sounds good, too (or as good as he ever did). He could easily pass for a guy in his fifties. Amazing.