He forgot when he entered the ship
His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings
And the clothes he had brought for the trip.
With his name painted clearly on each
But, since he omitted the fact,
They were all left behind on the beach
The loss of his clothes hardly mattered because
He had seven coats on when he came
With three pair of boots - but the worst of it was,
He had wholly forgotten his name
Look around you. How many things do you have? Probably a lot.
And why are they our suffering?
While writing this, I have specially gone to my big garage which is almost fully packed and made this list. I did not get too far as it was futile to write up these type of things - but here are the first few:
Broom - without any brushes
Banana leaves - used for a flower arrangement five years ago.
Curtain rails - old type - inherited 18 years ago - will never use.
Broken booster pump - got broken in first month, but was not covered by guarantee, because the fine prints says that type of breaks are not covered.
Cans of paint - from 20L, 5L, 1L - many of them - used to repaint the house 5 years ago - cannot open most, but opened two - paint dry.
Floor mats of a car I sold 7 years ago.
Disused TV projector stand - projector was stolen in a burglary.
Brick samples - for a new house I wanted to build some 4 years ago - they do not make these bricks anynmore.
Tyre and rim. I had to keep it to show it to the insurance assessor, but he never turned up to inspect it.
Brand new boxes for computers, printers etc. Had to keep them to return the products in the state they were packed in, should they break within 7 days. The products have broken in the meantime after years of service.
Handbook for generator. The generator was returned for a refund after two years' ownership, as it spent 20 of the 24 months in the worskhop - although I returned 43 times to the shop to hear whether it had been fixed. I can give you the shop's name if you need it, but nobody asked.
Scanners hit by lightning - 2 of these. I do not think they will revive themselves and it is cheaper to buy them than to fix them.
Big plan cabinet - not used for 13 years - all my plans are digital now.
First aid kit - empty.
School suitcase - no, not my kids' ones - my wife's one of 50 years ago.
Afterthought 4 June 2011
I have subsequently decided to become a Maximalist - I enjoy it much better.