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Public Storage
gnormal

at the Public Storage in Gardena
 1
there's an auction once a month
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of all the people's stuff who didnt pay.
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i thought i'd go there one day.
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two years ago i drove in the drizzle.
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early i stopped for coffee on the way.
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and stood with the others in the lot
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waiting to see, who are we,
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and what have we got.
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two men came out to officiate.
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do not touch, or enter the crate.
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winner takes all.  it's not a yard sale.
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U-Haul it away or you're charged the day-rate.
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the clipboard guy nodded to boltcutter
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easily snapped the locks
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the doors swung open but bidding was slow
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box after box after box.
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how much for a dirty-pawed bear,
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a floorlamp under a sheet,
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barbell on a Barbie under a folding chair
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goggles and flippers and tupperware,
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a yellow lawndart and a red?
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"look what we hoard," i said.
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an ironing board.
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Quicken for Dummies, a bird cage,
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three discolored socks.
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their life was half a game of Clue
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in a flattened Sorry box.
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i will move to Japan next month.
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but i have to look at my life, before.
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what have i really got,
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have i really got to store?
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zip disks and scuzzy connectors.
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each was full of crap.
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not good to keep these feelings in.
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id rather poem than pack.
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26 Feb 05

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Imagine if they did this to the guy who killed all those people and put them in refridgerators in a storage place.
 — InMyBlood

nice
 — hank

For someone who suffers from debilitating sentimentality, this poem struck to the heart. I can't throw away anything. Those poor people who lost their old copy of Quicken for Dummies.

Even thinking about SCSI connectors brings a lump to my throat.

I'll come visit you in Japan. We'll record our meeting on an etchasketch.
 — unknown

For someone who suffers from debilitating sentimentality, this poem struck to the heart. I can't throw away anything. Those poor people who lost their old copy of Quicken for Dummies.

Even thinking about SCSI connectors brings a lump to my throat.

I'll come visit you in Japan. We'll record our meeting on an etchasketch.
 — ollylama

are you really moving to japan??
 — root

i think so.  i can if i want.  beats la.
 — gnormal

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