one man’s junk …

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Sunday I helped my brother and mother clean out a small portion of their basement. My father, you see, was the sort who became agitated whenever anything left the house. This is one of the reasons why there was always a large stack of paper napkins and ketchup packets next to his seat at the dining table.
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Anyway, we unearthed a bunch of junk and a few goodies. The lemon twist in my mother’s hand there is kind of junky now, but I am thrilled to have found it, since a childhood friend and I had just recently been discussing the great virtues of the lemon twist. I think we’re ready for a big lemon twist comeback, don’t you?
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Ahh, the Twist Board. It is designed to trim your waistline! You stand on it and, you know, twist back and forth.
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And this is kind of an awesome patch, but I don’t really get it. Is it because there’s a sun on it? That was the mistake, since the sun doesn’t come out in Oregon? Huh?
We also found a bunch of crazy, vintage drinking glasses still in their boxes. Most have never been used! I put photos of the tumblers plus more junk on my flickr site.

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20 Responses to one man’s junk …

  1. jan says:

    i love how deedle looks so exhausted, like she did all the work.

  2. Please tell everyone that we did not throw the dog away.

  3. gaile says:

    lemon twist! I remember those! how fun for you to find it!!!

  4. Kim U says:

    Lemon twist! I haven’t seen one of those in years. Great memories playing with that.

  5. monica says:

    I love how Deedle just fell asleep amongst the stuff.

  6. debbie says:

    i think i had something like the lemon twist but it was called something else – more generic, with no cute lemon…your stash looks in good condition, better than what i’ll find in my daughter’s room we call the ‘dungeon’ – btw, i baked up the trader joe’s truffle brownies and they were ‘ono’ – especially under a scoop (or 2) of vanilla icecream draped with chocolate syrup…..

  7. Betsy says:

    I loved the glass tumblers with the pink flowers and gold rim! Will you take those home and use them?

  8. carolyn says:

    i hope you are not throwing away all those tumblers because i would have to kill you. also the lemon twist. Not For Throwaway.

  9. vespabelle says:

    must dig through Mariko’s parent’s trash pile!
    I loved the lemon twist! I saw something similar (but not so deliciously lemon-y!)

  10. OMG! My sister and I loved our lemon twists. It’s been so long… sigh. :)

  11. alison says:

    What’s a lemon twist?

  12. vespabelle says:

    The thing they sell that is like the lemon twist is called a Skip It. Sadly, it’s not as cute as the Lemon Twist.

  13. Mary says:

    Okay, the patch?
    Maybe you’re kidding, but maybe not. I found a couple a shop called “Mr. Goodies” in Santa Cruz, CA that said “Made in Woodstock, by Mistake” and the more obvious, “Renn Faire Baby.” It’s poking fun at the Ashland crowd, maybe?
    My mom’s basement is similarly scary. We just don’t go down there anymore.

  14. Marie says:

    this so reminds me of when we cleared out my grandparent’s house. we found a still-working cash register from the 20’s. unbelieveable.

  15. Margot says:

    Whoa, my grandma has one of those SAME twist boards! It provided hours of fun when I was younger. And I think she has your dad beat on the pack-rat syndrome. Hers is way worse, but then again, they both have the twist board, and that must be crucial to pack-rat-isms or something.

  16. Nicole says:

    Please say you alerted everyone on Freecycle… I can totally see this as a free for all! The building supplies, wooden boxes – definitely treasure to someone!

  17. Jackie says:

    ‘That was a mistake, since the sun doesn’t come out in Oregon? Huh?’
    That may be true in your smaller, Western 1/3 of Oregon. My larger, Eastern 2/3 of Oregon is The Land of Sunshine! You should step out of the Green Darkness sometime and visit all of us over here on the other side of the Cascade Range.
    I really enjoy reading your blog. You are such a lovely person.

  18. Nicole says:

    THE LEMON TWIST! WHAT MEMORIES YOU BROUGHT BACK FOR ME! After reading your post I found one online, bought it and can’t wait to look like a 40-year old dork using it. Makes me wonder why toys these days are so hi-tech and noisy. What happened to all those kinder, simpler toys we had when we were kids?

  19. cara says:

    Your mother’s basement is a dream come true…

  20. Heide says:

    Oh, I was thinking along dirtier lines for the patch… Like the person who’s wearing was an “oops!” baby conceived when his/her parent were vacationing in Oregon??

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