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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Grace -- do check it out.

I'd say along with The Sapranos and Breaking Bad, it's one of the best series ever.


My grandfather, Connie Conway, had one of his songs on the soundtrack of Mad Men. He had been dead for twenty years, but would have loved to see it.

https://youtu.be/DOhrmmEuDT8

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My grandfather, Connie Conway, had one of his songs on the soundtrack of Mad Men. He had been dead for twenty years, but would have loved to see it.

https://youtu.be/DOhrmmEuDT8
Did he write it or perform it as well?

Lovely, sentimental old sound.
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Did he write it or perform it as well?



Lovely, sentimental old sound.


Written and performed. Actually, the lyric is credited to him but was written by my grandmother Norma (his wife).
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Written and performed. Actually, the lyric is credited to him but was written by my grandmother Norma (his wife).
Wow. What a fantastic keepsake of your grandparents - and something to be very proud of.

You should write about them BP - they sound fascinating.
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Wow. What a fantastic keepsake of your grandparents - and something to be very proud of.



You should write about them BP - they sound fascinating.


They wrote tons of songs and founded the Arizona chapter of RCA records. Their catalogue was bought out in the late 70's and many people took credit for their work.

They were fairly isolated nerds. Creative but not business savvy.

I should write about them, but I'd have to make most of it up.
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My grandfather, Connie Conway, had one of his songs on the soundtrack of Mad Men. He had been dead for twenty years, but would have loved to see it.

https://youtu.be/DOhrmmEuDT8
That is so cool...
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Today, i'm gently leading my son through a bedroom de-cluttering process. Not that he's untidy - he just doesn't want to let anything go.

As an incentive, I've explained that we can sell his old toys, and the profit can be used to buy something new. I've managed to ease the larger items out of his room with the minimum of fuss - but there are boxes of treasures that he's not prepared to part with. Sentimental stones that remind him of whatever stretch of beach they were pocketed on. Enough bird feathers to start up a cottage industry manufacturing writing quills. Every birthday card received since his first year. Bears that remind him of a particular Christmas or the time he was ill.

I'm not sure what constitutes as balanced sentimentality and where I should put my foot down and employ a bin bag...
(He's 9 yrs by the way..)
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Oh gosh, we've been through that a few times with both girls.

My oldest is far more sentimental. There will be something she hasn't looked at in years, but it's like, "but I had that when we..."

My youngest is more pragmatic -- and liked the idea of selling things in a garage sale and getting the money.

But we had a deal -- if it doesn't sell, it goes to the Goodwill so some other kid can have it. It's not going back in the house. That was a little tough to enforce.

We did box up quite a few things though they just couldn't part with -- and my wife and I had pretty strong memories associated with some things too...
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Oh gosh, we've been through that a few times with both girls.

My oldest is far more sentimental. There will be something she hasn't looked at in years, but it's like, "but I had that when we..."

My youngest is more pragmatic -- and liked the idea of selling things in a garage sale and getting the money.

But we had a deal -- if it doesn't sell, it goes to the Goodwill so some other kid can have it. It's not going back in the house. That was a little tough to enforce.

We did box up quite a few things though they just couldn't part with -- and my wife and I had pretty strong memories associated with some things too...
Your rule about nothing coming back to the house is a good one - and I appreciate the input.

As there's not another parent to balance me out, I try hard not to be 'OCD Mom' and let him have his Man Cave space how he wants it without too much interference.

I find it hard to part with his books - especially the bedtime favourites from when he was small. I'll confess I've tucked a few away - justifying it to myself as stored treasures and family heirlooms for the grandchildren...

I've also found that the things I have hauled out and cleaned up for sale are suddenly fascinating and back in vogue...and heading back in the bedroom!
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Oh yeah -- we kept a lot of special books.

And heh -- there were a few things that were rediscovered.

What was far more difficult -- when my folks moved out of the house we grew up in. We had to review every item with my mom -- and there was a story behind everything. It was pretty traumatic.

And some of my special things that she boxed up?

I got them back!
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Oh yeah -- we kept a lot of special books.

And heh -- there were a few things that were rediscovered.

What was far more difficult -- when my folks moved out of the house we grew up in. We had to review every item with my mom -- and there was a story behind everything. It was pretty traumatic.

And some of my special things that she boxed up?

I got them back!


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I've always had the hoarder's grip. Not for sentimental reasons, but because it "might" come in handy. A piece of scrap iron you might be able to weld onto something you're in the middle of making; electrical parts salvaged from some broken appliance that you could use to fix the next broken one; an old pitted barrel you might be able to re-chamber to a new calibre; and so on.

I've found that when I decide to clean up unnecessary clutter I start out strong, with 80% going into the "gone" pile, and then gradually my resolve gets worn down until at the end I'm keeping just about everything.

So I decided I had to do it in small portions over many days to take advantage of the strong initial resolve. But that was many years ago. I've since gotten rid of just about everything I owned and started afresh.
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I've always had the hoarder's grip. Not for sentimental reasons, but because it "might" come in handy. A piece of scrap iron you might be able to weld onto something you're in the middle of making; electrical parts salvaged from some broken appliance that you could use to fix the next broken one; an old pitted barrel you might be able to re-chamber to a new calibre; and so on.

I've found that when I decide to clean up unnecessary clutter I start out strong, with 80% going into the "gone" pile, and then gradually my resolve gets worn down until at the end I'm keeping just about everything.

So I decided I had to do it in small portions over many days to take advantage of the strong initial resolve. But that was many years ago. I've since gotten rid of just about everything I owned and started afresh.
My Mum was a bit like that. She grew up during the Second World War, when rationing and austerity enforced a "waste not, want not" attitude. She didn't have hoarding tendencies, but the things she had were looked after and cherished. Nothing was disposable to her - she utilised things that could be deployed for another purpose. She had a pristine home - extremely stylish too - but everything in it was at least fifty years old.
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I've always had the hoarder's grip. Not for sentimental reasons, but because it "might" come in handy.
I'm the opposite. I'm quick to get rid of stuff, then at some point later, I'll find a use for it.
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I'm the opposite. I'm quick to get rid of stuff, then at some point later, I'll find a use for it.
Yeah, I'm pretty ruthless too. Bit of a neat freak.

I like the place to look relaxed and casually sumptuous.

Spend hours staging it to look that way...
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Myers, you might enjoy this. Starts next week here (Channel Four) called
'The State'.

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Originally Posted by brianpatrick View Post
My grandfather, Connie Conway, had one of his songs on the soundtrack of Mad Men. He had been dead for twenty years, but would have loved to see it.

https://youtu.be/DOhrmmEuDT8
Man, I love this!



And this:



Just too cool...

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Originally Posted by Grace Gabriel View Post
Myers, you might enjoy this. Starts next week here (Channel Four) called
'The State'.

https://youtu.be/xXyNkxTd31A
Looks incredibly compelling. I'll be on the lookout. Thanks.
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