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omg, there's a floor out there!
With the addition to our automotive family of darkwolfie's new bike, we need to clean out the garage to make room for it. We've been wanting to get organized out there for some time; it'll make finding our camping gear much easier. So on his way home from work this morning, darkwolfie stopped off at Home Depot and grabbed two sets of industrial shelving that we decided to put up at the back of the garage. Before we could do that, though, we had to clean our way to the back wall.

The bottom of one of the garage doors is broken, so a lot of debris got in there over the winter. Critters apparently got in there, too; we knew that there was a little black and white kitty that was sheltering in there. Well, not anymore -- darkwolfie found her little carcass near the door. He said that it looked like she'd gotten on the wrong side of a raccoon. Poor little thing. At least we were able to save Max from such a fate. And we discovered that Simple Green will mask, if not eliminate, the smell of dead cat.

Once we got her cleaned up, most of the rest was sweeping up trash that had blown in over the winter and throwing away stuff that we'd moved out there years ago and never got around to discarding. Finally, we reached the back wall, something like six bags of trash later. (There was a lot of junk.) We set up one set of shelves and put up some of our camping gear. We have like seven folding chairs -- so funny to see, now that they're all in one place. We also found two nylon tents, of unknown usability, that I'll be posting as free to a good home. If they're worth anything, then the taker gets a free tent. If not, they get to throw it away.

The job's not done; we had two garage bays to clear and we did one. There's a lot of stuff to be sorted, and a lot of stuff that can't be put on the curb, like construction debris and scrap wood. That stuff went in the third bay, to wait till we rent a dumpster. Once we get the third bay cleared out, thats going to become the tool crib. I need to find a tarp or a plastic drop cloth or something to spread out on the floor so I can sort out the contents of the 80 kajillion tubs I have out there. (I swept the floor, but I am under no illusions that the floor is actually clean.)

Tomorrow we'll hack at the garage some more, and try to get the second bay cleared. We could park three bikes in there now, but we made such progress that we both want to get it finished. Then later, I'll scoot over to Bay 4 and get the RMV-1, so we can take it to USAA in Braintree and get the insurance stamp. I think we'll have to leave the Kawasaki on the insurance till the carbs are fixed, then we can take it off and just have the two Suzukis. We're picking up the new bike on Saturday, so we have till Friday to get it paid and registered, because Saturday we're going for a nice long ride -- it's supposed to be spectacular.

I feel really good about today. We got rid of a lot of crap and made a lot of room in the garage. We even have room to swing that dead cat we found.

(Oh, come on. You knew I was going to go there.)

i feel: pleased pleased

3 trips or shoot the rapids
soteltie From: soteltie Date: April 15th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It sounds like you accomplished a great deal of work, but yuck, eewww, what a horrid, gross thing to discover.

I hope you get in some wonderful rides this week.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 15th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It wasn't pretty, but it happens. Next time I find a stray living in our area, I'm going to try to catch it and take it to the Humane Society so it doesn't suffer the same fate.

I haven't driven my truck since Friday, and I've been out every day. I set my trip odometer to 0 last time I filled up. Today, I hit 97 miles, and refilled the tank. It took 1.5 gallons and cost about $5 (I burn high test). That's ~65 mpg. Just can't beat it!
soteltie From: soteltie Date: April 16th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
>I've been out every day

>It took 1.5 gallons and cost about $5
I'm jealous! Haffner's is up to 3.26 for regular! Ack! $20 doesn't even fill my little car 3/4 of the way!
3 trips or shoot the rapids