A peek into my digital junk drawer

01Jun11

You know how some people have a “junk drawer” full of broken rubber bands and straightened-out paper clips? I have the digital equivalent on my computer: It’s a folder called “desktop miscellaneous.”

For the first time in ages, I opened that folder today and rummaged through its contents. There was a lot of stuff related to my last two Paris trips, including the insurance policy for the apartment I rented last March.

This clause, in particular, made me smile:

For the length of the stay, the insurer will cover the costs of search and rescue, in the mountains or at sea, incurred by specialist teams who come to the aid of the insured up to a maximum of 3,050 € per event whatever the number of people included in the contract and who are staying in the rented accommodation.

Gosh … if only I’d known that I was entitled to a specialized alpine rescue team. I sure could have used someone on belay when I was rappelling out of the kitchen cabinets. And don’t even get me started about that night I got lost in the bathtub. I must have been adrift for three hours!

I also found a map of the entire Internet, circa 1973 …

… a brochure I translated into Spanish …

Tesoros del Vaticano

… a placement test for my French class …

… and some modeling headshots I took for my friend Tomás.

But among my favorite finds were the random screen shots I’ve taken over the past year or two.

I remember adopting a word

—and laughing out loud at Terry Border’s Bent Objects. (You’re one sick dude, Terry. And I love you for it.)

But I have no idea where this orange came from. Love the poem, though. MyOrangeDamnIt!

My intent had been to clean out the folder a bit, when I started this little exercise. But after an hour of sifting through my random treasures, I did what most people do with their junk drawers: I closed it and walked away.

Who knows? In another year, I may look exactly like this little guy, as I open my digital junk drawer and find it overflowing.

Let’s hear it for unintentional digital scrapbooking.



5 Responses to “A peek into my digital junk drawer”

  1. That rescue insurance is great! I hope I never need any such policy, but it sounds so exciting.

    • 2 hmunro

      You’re right — It sounds very exciting! Though I suppose it depends on who is doing the rescuing, and how long it takes them to get there. 🙂

  2. 3 InsideJourneys

    Junk drawers are so necessary.
    I’ve found a few treasures myself — but I’m getting rid of everything I haven’t used in 3 years (so I can make room for more!)

    • 4 hmunro

      Getting rid of unnecessary stuff can be downright *liberating,* can’t it? The trick for me is to resist the temptation to re-fill those junk drawers. I’m dreading the day my husband and I decide to move. It’s amazing the stuff that accumulates after 20 years in the same house.

      • 5 InsideJourneys

        Tell me about it! I always thought I didn’t have much here, until I started going through closets! My goodness, I have clothes with tags still on them!!! I have so many things I’ve not seen or used in years. I’ve found enough stuff for a garage sale.
        Thanks for this post!
        Marcia


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