Winter Basement Purge

| 2/6/2014 10:38:00 AM

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveWe finally have snagged a bit of snow from this last storm moving across the country. I'd say the final measurement was about four inches, which will be welcome moisture for gardeners and farmers. It was great to get out and shovel some snow. Exercise has been a little sparse this month. The cold vortex bipolar weather has kept me inside more than I would have liked. Bradley and I did hit the slopes today. Well, he hit the slope and I watched from the warmth of my truck. He's finally old enough to actually go up and down the hill on his own. As much fun as it is to sled down the hill, old grandpa just ain't as young as he used to be and getting back up that hill is a little more taxing then I remembered it to be in the past.

WebTV box

The great basement purge has begun. "American Pickers" have nothing over my basement. Years of storage and long forgotten memories are stored there. One of the first  things I found was this box that housed the WebTV unit that was my first entry into the Internet. The actual unit has been long gone but finding the box was a memory jogger for sure. Some of the readers probably have no idea why this was such a great thing. WebTV was a cheap way to actually be online without spending a lot of money. Computers were a bit out of my financial ability when they first came out. WebTV hooked up to an average TV and allowed dialup service through the phone line. It had a qwerty cordless keyboard and introduced me to e-mail. It was a brave new world of cyber space. Download speed at that time was a blazing 2.75 K. Yes, that's right, kilobytes and not giga or even mega. E-mail was entirely text and websites were even less then basic. Message boards were the rage, which are similar to modern day forums but without HTML.

Foxfire books

This was an exciting find for sure. Back in the early 1970s my interests were organic gardening magazine Mother Earth News, and the Foxfire books. A high-school teacher decided to keep his class interested in learning, and he would start a class project. The result was this set of Foxfire books. Anyone who is interested in homesteading would benefit by having a set of these books. When I bought these three, it was all that had been published at that time. Who knew that over the next decade the series would grow to 12 books about every thing imaginable. These books are the most in depth and minutely detailed books that I know about homesteading. They were written from interviews taken from 70- and 80-year-old folks in the 1970s. First-hand knowledge, from a generation of people who actually lived the life of pioneers, was written into these books in every detail and many times word for word. Pictures abound to explain the details of all the procedures. These are still available through Amazon and are priced some what reasonable. I'm planning on building out my set and have ordered book 4 and 5.

Boxes of so-last-century electronics will go to Best Buy to be recycled. Yeah, when was the last time you actually saw a 1.2 megabyte 5 1/2-inch floppy drive? Ah, yeah, I'm not talking about the 3 1/2-inch but the first floppies, which were bigger and not in a hard case. It's like opening up a sealed museum. I've just barely scratched the surface. I'll be pressing onward in the center of the room this next week. Who knows what treasures lie beneath the piles of stuff.

5/5/2015 9:56:14 PM

Hi Dave, Jim from the One Acre Farm here. My ex wife's niece was over once(about 7 or 8 years old at the time)and in rummaging through a closet in a spare room the two of them came across my wife's IBM Selectric typewriter. My wife asked her if she wanted to play with it and she said sure. My wife said do you know what it is, after it was plugged in and humming. The niece said sure. The wife said well, then go head, show me. The niece looked at it for a minute or two and said----OK where's the screen? My how times are a changing! Write if you can. Jim

6/5/2014 12:32:52 PM

Hi, Dave! Mary here from Old Dog, New Tricks. How did you fair with the recent storms? We received 5" of rain in two days and just a little came in the basement in one area. I don't think I could have stood the damage we incurred last year, so soon. Anyway, I loved this post. I always plant my red onions from seed (inside) and have had great luck storing them. This year, they came up, but that was it, and I don't understand why. Bummer. Are you cleaning your basement while you wait for the mud to dry up?! Happy Day! Mary

2/24/2014 7:20:14 PM

Had the whole set of Foxfile but they burned in the farm fire. Guess its time to replace them. You illustrate the reason I don't have a basement. I would only fill it up.

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