ophelia floats (opheliafloats) wrote in sas_chapterone,
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collecting...or hoarding??

Thinking back to our inevitable cat-lady tendencies (in some of our cases, at least), I was trying to find a recent newspaper article about a woman charged with "cat-hoarding" in a nearby town; more than 80 cats discovered in her small home. I found it really amusing that it was termed "hoarding", like she was keeping all the cats for herself and no one else could get one of their own...I couldn't find the actual article, but instead found this one:
http://www.metroactive.com/papers/sonoma/03.16.00/clutterbusters-0011.html

I find that particularly disturbing because I can easily identify some of my relatives as "victims" of this hoarding-phenomenon. My grandfather loved old car parts that he intended to use in his mechanic's garage some day. This caused him to accumulate so many that he had surrounded the entire perimeter of his property with a junk-yard of rusty metal and random rubbish. My grandmother insisted that they move to a house where she wouldn't have to see this "crap" sitting all around. He bought a new house after much cajoling, but before they could move in he surrounded that one with an even larger mounded labyrinth of parts. This was an amusing place to play as a little kid (yeah, lets send the kids to play on sharp rusty metal?) but now I see how strange this eclectic behavior really was.

So what to some of the SAS ladies like to collect?
I think I do have a tendency to hold onto weird things...hopefully it won't get out of hand and bury me alive some day. Someone tell me if I don't notice when I cross the line from collecting to neurotic, ok?
My collections:
-Bar coasters
-Concert ticket-stubs
-Shells and rocks that are particularly pretty
-Recipes from friends
-Small glass bottles, vintage preferably
-CD's and records, of course
I'm sure there are more, but I don't want the list to start scaring me.
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