Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Year, New Home part 5

Moving is a pain in the butt. I like to think that I don’t have a lot of stuff, but when you move you find out just how much you have. I definitely have less stuff in Hong Kong than I did in Minnesota, but it’s still too much.

I came to Hong Kong with a suitcase and a backpack. If I knew then what I know now, I would have brought less. Most of the clothes I brought were completely inappropriate for Hong Kong. I even brought a big winter coat. That just seems ridiculous to me now. Most of the clothes I wear now are from Hong Kong anyway.

Lily & Kevin came to Hong Kong with 3 or 4 suitcases, 2 carry-ons and backpacks & bags. Like a lot of expats, they brought everything they thought they’d need. Like most expats, they found that they didn’t need most of it and ended up buying the things they needed here. Now they have a crazy amount of stuff. Every time I take a trip out of Hong Kong I bring back souvenirs and gifts for other people. Every time they go out of Hong Kong they bring back gifts for others and souvenirs for themselves. They have boxes full of trinkets from their travels.

We also had to move Ryan’s stuff. He didn’t bring nearly as much to Hong Kong as Lily & Kevin, but he’s bought more here than I have. He left most of his stuff here when he went to Fuzhou because he never knew how long that would last. He’s been there for almost 2 years now, but he still sees it as temporary. Now he’s buying more stuff there.

We decided to go through each other’s stuff and throw away whatever we didn’t think was necessary, but that didn’t work out. If I suggested throwing out Kevin’s golf clubs and all the junk that goes with them – balls, tees, gloves and a bunch of other stuff – he said he might start playing golf again. He hasn’t played in all the time he’s been in Hong Kong. I think he should at least sell them to someone who might actually use them.

Kevin wanted to throw out Lily’s CD collection. She has literally thousands of CDs. We couldn’t even count how many she has. It’s just endless boxes and boxes full of CDs. Obviously, music is good and nobody suggests she do without it, but all of the songs on all of those CDs can be put on her computer. It would probably take an extra hard drive, but at least that hard drive would be a lot easier to carry.

Lily wanted the throw out most of my Disney stuff. When you work at Disneyland you get a pretty good discount and I went a little overboard when I started working there. Kevin thinks it’s all junk and Lily’s not impressed by things she sees every day at work, but I think some of it is cute. I’m not going to work at Disneyland forever and someday I’ll want some of this stuff when I look back on this time. People are always saying they wish they still had Disney things from 20 or 30 years ago that Disney doesn’t make anymore. Maybe I’ll feel the same way in 20 or 30 years.

In the end, Lily got rid of a few boxes. She kept all of her CDs, but she threw out a lot of clothes. Kevin kept his golf clubs but threw out maybe 10% of his stuff. I threw out some Disney stuff, a lot of clothes and all kinds of junk that I never use. I probably tossed 25% of my stuff.

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