My Partner is a pack rat...

  • inuman

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    Mar 17, 2010 11:44 AM GMT
    So here's the skinny, my partner is a serious pack rat. I thought he was just a normal pack rat, keep things for a few years and then throwing it away. I WAS TOTALLY WRONG icon_eek.gif

    Yesterday I was sorting out the storage room, sort of like spring cleaning but I was really looking for a very old mouse for an old computer of his, I'm grabbing whatever files he has on his two old towers and wanted to use a mouse, its not your standard mouse port, its the old ones that looks like a monitor should be plugged into icon_razz.gif so in the process I thought I'd sort out the storage room as well.

    Two hours of sorting and moving things around and I found things from his days in grade 2 class icon_eek.gif that's 29 years ago!!! I didn't think he had things like that, I thought maybe his parents kept those in their storage room or something like that.

    So in my culture we don't keep things like this as it takes up space and requires time and effort to maintain the items. So we just throw things away as they become useless to us.

    SO my question to you guys is that do you or one of your family members keep your childhood items and if so what is the cutest thing they have kept that you would want to show for everyone to go "AWWW how cute!!" over? icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 17, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    My badge and certificate from when I was the captain of the crossing safety patrol in fifth grade. THE FUCKING CAPTAIN!!! I was Da Man. In charge. I ruled the crosswalk and could make kids stop and wait until I DECIDED it was safe to go. The rest of my life has been measured on that.

    And my parents still have my badge, it looks exactly like this:

    aaa_school_safety_patrol_captain.jpg

    And my uniform looked like this (well, the yellow strap thingy):

    SchoolPatrol1.jpg


    God I was such a dork.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 17, 2010 12:33 PM GMT
    Your example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.
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    Mar 17, 2010 1:49 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYour example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.



    Thanks for setting us straight. What dopes we are. We should have a full list of everything to prove packrat-worthiness, so we can be sure to carry enough weight with you. icon_rolleyes.gif

    I thought it was a fun threat topic, oh well.
  • inuman

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYour example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.



    Seriously we're going to go there? Here I was just trying to have a little fun, I was gonna show the cute little things that he still has but oh well, here we go...


    "Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia or the Messie mindset) is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire (and failure to use or discard) a significant amount of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary."


    That being said, he has things in the storage room that fits the description mentioned above but yeah I guess your like in denial or something then eh icon_rolleyes.gif
  • inuman

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    djdorchester saidMy badge and certificate from when I was the captain of the crossing safety patrol in fifth grade. THE FUCKING CAPTAIN!!! I was Da Man. In charge. I ruled the crosswalk and could make kids stop and wait until I DECIDED it was safe to go. The rest of my life has been measured on that.

    And my parents still have my badge, it looks exactly like this:

    aaa_school_safety_patrol_captain.jpg

    And my uniform looked like this (well, the yellow strap thingy):

    SchoolPatrol1.jpg


    God I was such a dork.




    Aww that's cute icon_lol.gif

    He has this comb he was given when he was about 5 and I found it going through the 20 something containers of things, I put it out and washed it and showed him that he can use it for his last years of hair combing before its all gone icon_lol.gif
  • Timbales

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    I think it's fine to have a box or two of mementos and memorabilia.
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    Mar 17, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    inuman said
    djdorchester said




    Aww that's cute icon_lol.gif

    He has this comb he was given when he was about 5 and I found it going through the 20 something containers of things, I put it out and washed it and showed him that he can use it for his last years of hair combing before its all gone icon_lol.gif



    Cruel man!
  • inuman

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    Mar 17, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    I think its nice to have a box or two from your childhood but not 20 or so that's just crazy. Oh and its not cruel I tease him about it all the time and he teases me that I got little to no body hair. I don't even have underarm hair icon_eek.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 17, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    inuman said
    HndsmKansan saidYour example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.



    Seriously we're going to go there? Here I was just trying to have a little fun, I was gonna show the cute little things that he still has but oh well, here we go...


    "Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia or the Messie mindset) is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire (and failure to use or discard) a significant amount of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary."


    That being said, he has things in the storage room that fits the description mentioned above but yeah I guess your like in denial or something then eh icon_rolleyes.gif


    Thanks for the definition of hoarding, but I look at it practically. Your partner keeps a few things in a storage room from his childhood.. that doesn't make him a pack rat... unless he packs alot more in the closet (thats useless) than what you've described. I still hold a packrat is a stepping stone to hoarding.
    And as far as having fun, sure... but you asked a question, we're giving you a reasoned answer. Show this thread to your partner and see how much he laughs......

  • Timbales

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    Mar 17, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    I think I'm going to go to my mom's this weekend and see what I have there she's holding.
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    inuman said
    HndsmKansan saidYour example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.



    Seriously we're going to go there? Here I was just trying to have a little fun, I was gonna show the cute little things that he still has but oh well, here we go...


    "Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia or the Messie mindset) is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire (and failure to use or discard) a significant amount of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary."


    That being said, he has things in the storage room that fits the description mentioned above but yeah I guess your like in denial or something then eh icon_rolleyes.gif


    Thanks for the definition of hoarding, but I look at it practically. Your partner keeps a few things in a storage room from his childhood.. that doesn't make him a pack rat... unless he packs alot more in the closet (thats useless) than what you've described. I still hold a packrat is a stepping stone to hoarding.
    And as far as having fun, sure... but you asked a question, we're giving you a reasoned answer. Show this thread to your partner and see how much he laughs......



    Just for the record, this was his question:

    SO my question to you guys is that do you or one of your family members keep your childhood items and if so what is the cutest thing they have kept that you would want to show for everyone to go "AWWW how cute!!" over?

  • Import

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    Mar 17, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    On a recent trip back home I had cme across my kindergarten report and was thrilled at the high marks I got for skipping. Apparently, I skipped at an advanced level. My mother was so proud.
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    Mar 17, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Amazing how 2 or 3 guys can't have a simple conversation without it devolving into a pissing contest......icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Mar 17, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Sure, I have all kinds of mementos. I think of them as the archives of my life. It's not a big deal if you keep things organized. The two of you can have some good times sharing these things and what they mean to you.
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    Mar 17, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    Import saidOn a recent trip back home I had cme across my kindergarten report and was thrilled at the high marks I got for skipping. Apparently, I skipped at an advanced level. My mother was so proud.


    One of the report cards that my parents kept has a note from the teacher that says something along the lines of "Rarely turns homework in on time, and often says he did it but left it at home." Some things never change.

  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 17, 2010 4:50 PM GMT
    Import saidOn a recent trip back home I had cme across my kindergarten report and was thrilled at the high marks I got for skipping. Apparently, I skipped at an advanced level. My mother was so proud.



    My first grade report card says "He do fine" in the remarks section, concerning my conduct after a semester of getting a "U". (and this was private school) icon_eek.gif


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    Mar 17, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    My kindergarten diploma. It confers unto me a "Bachelor of Rhymes," is yellowed, covered in Maxfield Parrish style renderings of Mother Goose rhymes and makes it look like I graduated in 1934. In fact, it's so cute it's now hanging in my den next to my other diplomas, the only childhood item I stole from my parents home. I wasn't about to wait for them to give me something; aside from a couple of sofas and four vehicles nothing's left their premises since 1969. I wouldn't worry so much about your partner being a pack rat yet.
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    Mar 17, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I have boxes of stuff, and my mother has all of our significant mementos, drawings, awards, etc sorted and in storage containers for each of her kids. I know my first scouts uniform is there from when I was 4 or 5.... so cute.
  • Webster666

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    Mar 18, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Is he a Taurus ?
    From what you said, it doesn't sound like he's a pack rat.
    Pack rats save EVERYTHING !

    I have a Second Grade report card that has sentimental value, mainly because of Mrs. Chamberlain, my favorite teacher.
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    djdorchester saidMy badge and certificate from when I was the captain of the crossing safety patrol in fifth grade. THE FUCKING CAPTAIN!!! I was Da Man. In charge. I ruled the crosswalk and could make kids stop and wait until I DECIDED it was safe to go. The rest of my life has been measured on that.

    And my parents still have my badge, it looks exactly like this:

    aaa_school_safety_patrol_captain.jpg

    And my uniform looked like this (well, the yellow strap thingy):

    SchoolPatrol1.jpg


    God I was such a dork.



    Damn, I'm jealous!! I always wanted to be on safety patrol!! Our belts/sashes were fluorescent orange. Man I wanted one!!
  • inuman

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    Mar 18, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYour example doesn't carry too much weight to me. To keep some things from 2nd grade doesn't make him a "pack rat". I have a few things (not many) from 2nd grade, 3rd or 4th grade... I have all my stuffed animals from when I was small.. and I'm no pack rat.. not even close.

    A "pack rat" is someone who keeps items, whether relevant or not and
    throws away very little. To me its a step down from a "hoarder" who has
    real issues.


    Seriously we're going to go there? Here I was just trying to have a little fun, I was gonna show the cute little things that he still has but oh well, here we go...


    "Compulsive hoarding (or pathological hoarding or disposophobia or the Messie mindset) is a mental disorder marked by an obsessive need to acquire (and failure to use or discard) a significant amount of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary."


    That being said, he has things in the storage room that fits the description mentioned above but yeah I guess your like in denial or something then eh icon_rolleyes.gif


    Thanks for the definition of hoarding, but I look at it practically. Your partner keeps a few things in a storage room from his childhood.. that doesn't make him a pack rat... unless he packs alot more in the closet (thats useless) than what you've described. I still hold a packrat is a stepping stone to hoarding.
    And as far as having fun, sure... but you asked a question, we're giving you a reasoned answer. Show this thread to your partner and see how much he laughs......



    Just for the record, this was his question:

    SO my question to you guys is that do you or one of your family members keep your childhood items and if so what is the cutest thing they have kept that you would want to show for everyone to go "AWWW how cute!!" over?



    Oh yeah I forgot to mention that it was a question about keeping childhood items, not about my partner being a pack rat, I knew he was because he admitted it to me before and warned me the storage room would have a lot of old things in there. But yeah it's a question not a debate icon_rolleyes.gif