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OMFG
Posted by: elahon
Date: February 23, 2006 05:50PM
And the OGFG of the Year award goes to……………

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Re: OMFG
Posted by: davemchine
Date: February 23, 2006 05:55PM
Hey, my dad has one of those elcassette decks, fully functional! He found one in an unoppened box in the back of a warehouse.

dave

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Re: OMFG
Posted by: elahon
Date: February 23, 2006 05:57PM
At least he has the good sense to sanitize his toilet with that blue stuff. But, no tp?





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/23/2006 05:57PM by elahon.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: February 23, 2006 06:21PM
Now try to picture a few of those rooms with everything inside kind of fused together with copious feces, urine, and the bodies of dead animals and maybe a human corpse.

At least that guy isn't collecting animals.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 23, 2006 06:27PM
I had an uncle who lived like that.
Except my aunt would stand for it, so one half of the house was full of junk like that, while the other was nearly empty by contrast.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: February 23, 2006 06:31PM
But do ya think he has a problem finding his pron eye popping smiley









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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Michael
Date: February 23, 2006 06:38PM
I figure about 10 dumpsters--maybe 20.

Makes my workshop look pristine. Awful.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 23, 2006 06:51PM
Hey, how did you guys manage to take pictures of my house ?!?

winking smiley




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Re: OMFG
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 23, 2006 06:54PM
I wish fire upon that house.



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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 23, 2006 07:17PM
dumpster hell! I see my old Dual 1218/1228 turntable there and at least 2 dozen other pieces of hardware I'd keep.

The house needs dumping - but there's gold in them thar audio pieces! Or, at a minimum, memories and dry capacitors!


btw... note to elahon:

No tp needed. See salt and plunger handle? That room is used for pounding salt.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/23/2006 07:19PM by Jimmypoo.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: davester
Date: February 23, 2006 07:26PM
I've got to admit, my garage looks a little like that right now (we've been remodelling several rooms and all the flotsam ends up there).



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: February 23, 2006 07:33PM
Yeesh. After taking the tour I suddenly had to get outta my sickbed and tidy up the house.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: February 23, 2006 07:42PM
Well...
I feel way better about the state of my office now...






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Re: OMFG
Posted by: $tevie
Date: February 23, 2006 07:49PM
I have yet to see one of these "photo essays" that don't go on for at least twice as long as they should. And as usual, I bailed before I reached the end. After a while it's just more photos of more stuff. I got bored.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: February 23, 2006 07:56PM
Interesting. He's a "hoarder." A subtype of OCD. My mom's almost the same way - but doesn't come close to this guy.





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Re: OMFG
Posted by: trisho.
Date: February 23, 2006 08:15PM
I couldn't get past the first two pages, it was just too sad and painful to watch go down. My mom was a bit of a hoarder/packrat but not to that extent and now she's sick. She has/had a severe attachment to her belongings that felt a bit obsessive. I think some of it might have to do with her growing up during the Depression and WWII where you couldn't waste anything. It may be the same with this guy's dad. Nonetheless, the guy's father really is mentally in trouble and might develop dementia later on...

Edit:

I'm also a bit of a hoarder, but mostly having to do with papers anything. Like the guy on the web site, I constantly reevaluate what I need in my house and try to pare it down. Every two months or so I "edit" my life and "delete" everything I don't need.



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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Phy
Date: February 23, 2006 08:28PM
This is so very sad!
Y'know, someone is going to have to spend months cleaning out that house when the dad dies.

I once had to help clean a house of a woman with OCD whose house was even worse than this. It took 5 months and many dumpster-loads carried off. The bad thing was that we couldn't just shovel it all into the dumpster, because she was a gambler and there were envelopes of cash from casinos hidden among the layers of stuff compacted on the floor. The woman's mother was 85 and could only sit sadly and watch as we dug through years' of accumulation, and had to ask her periodically what she wanted saved and what she wanted to toss and what she wanted to sell at the huge garage sale at the end of the cleanup. Interestingly enough, there were no insects or rodents present, even though pizza boxes, fast food remnants and pop cans were all over.

I think I'll clean house for a few hours now.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: ArtP
Date: February 23, 2006 09:19PM
I have a friend who live like that too. He has some really old collectible stuff amongst pure garbage. The pathways in that House look familiar except my buddy has a Dog and never cleans or sweeps (so he has layers of dust and dirt and dog hair amongst the clutter).

One thing I am going to do right now is get rid of some of the Computer clutter in my office. I currently have 3 or 4 ink jet printers, a iMac that I am updating for my ex-girlfiend(for the last 10 days), various keyboards, boxes/stacks of books and magazines and of course months of mail that need to be filed (old CRT monitor and a box of books, blocks the file cabinet).

Some of this stuff has to go to my "other room" in the Basement.

Hmmm, my basement kinda looks like that guys house. Glad I posted to this thread, it will be a reminder.

I'm off to clean.....

Bye....



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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 23, 2006 09:56PM
I cannot understand or be near this kind of mess. It makes me crazy. I have a number of relatives who live like this -- not this level of dirtiness, but this level of clutter. Before Katrina, I used to try to go over to video their houses for submission to Clean Sweep.

My garage looks pretty cluttered right now, as it contains everything that was in my office and our storage room back home. But it's an orderly clutter (stacked boxes, furniture, and miscellaneous, with aisles so you can get to everything) but after looking at this I'm going to straighten it out a bit more this weekend.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 23, 2006 10:03PM
I used to pick up an old guy that lived alone with his eight dogs, all harmless Benji types. I'd take him to the grocery store and pick him up later to bring him home. One day I stopped by and he wasn't on the porch waiting for me, so I cautiously approached the house, since the dogs were all barking. They back off, though, so I knocked on the door and it swung open.

The interior of the house was filled, floor to ceiling, with stacks of newspaper and magazines. I called for him but got no response so I followed the narrow canyon through the living room, continuing to call for him and following some of the dogs who were whining and worrying. Following them to the entrance of a bedroom I saw a large pile of ragged blankets, which the dogs were anxiously burrowing into. I took it for their bed until slowly the little old man stirred and sat up, apologizing for having overslept.

He'd sometimes get arrested for trying to shoplift dogfood. I felt sorry for him, but was a starving student at the time. I moved away and never saw him again, but that house inhibited my packrat tendencies slightly. I only collect useful stuff now. He who dies with the most tools wins!
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Jerry®
Date: February 23, 2006 10:36PM
They're not choosing to live like this - it's a recognized disorder/chemical imbalance in the brain (I can hear Tom Cruise already..) anyway - it's centralized by anxiety - MAJOR anxiety. People who have this severe OCD/hoarding simply cannot throw anything away because doing so would cause them unbearable anxiety. It's easier for them to live like this than to even imagine throwing stuff away. Call it separation anxiety - or whatever - but the basic mentality is "I can't throw this away because what if I need it - or someone needs it in the future?" and they also "believe" that if they throw stuff away - then all the memories attached to the item(s) will be gone forever too. It's very difficult for many to understand. My mom has OCD and is a hoarder - she has newspaper articles from 20 years ago taped all along the cabinets in the kitchen - among other things. It's fascinating and terribly sad at the same time.


Zoidberg Wrote:
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> I cannot understand or be near this kind of mess.
> It makes me crazy. I have a number of relatives
> who live like this -- not this level of dirtiness,
> but this level of clutter. Before Katrina, I used
> to try to go over to video their houses for
> submission to Clean Sweep.
>
> My garage looks pretty cluttered right now, as it
> contains everything that was in my office and our
> storage room back home. But it's an orderly
> clutter (stacked boxes, furniture, and
> miscellaneous, with aisles so you can get to
> everything) but after looking at this I'm going to
> straighten it out a bit more this weekend.






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Re: OMFG
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 23, 2006 10:39PM
It's lazy



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Re: OMFG
Posted by: jimbrady
Date: February 23, 2006 11:32PM
I don't like your sig, SteveJobs... and your comment is lazy.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: February 24, 2006 12:14AM
Need a big dumpster in front yard, send dad on a getaway for the weekend and clean house...




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Re: OMFG
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: February 24, 2006 12:51AM
It's not laziness, steve. As others have pointed out, it's a type of OCD.

At least this guy hoards things, not living creatures. Two former neighbors of ours were hoarders: one elderly couple hoarded newspapers and junk (the paper piles went to the ceiling) and the other hoarded cats, who ended up sick, starving, and coated in their own urine and feces. His mother was buried under 5 feet of trash in the back room of the apartment.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: mikebw
Date: February 24, 2006 01:30AM
No no, what this guy really needs is more storage space. That's always the answer.

It makes me realize how much stuff I keep that I REALLY don't need. I will gather up some things and take them to the dump soon. See time remains to be a problem even once you have decided to do something about the junk.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 24, 2006 06:41AM
Try to correct me if you'd LIKE, but I can go over there and clean that place out in a DAY and smack them around. They need boot camp.



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Re: OMFG
Posted by: trisho.
Date: February 24, 2006 07:20AM
mikebw Wrote:
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>See time remains
> to be a problem even once you have decided to do
> something about the junk.


That is so freaking true. It took me forever to clean my room/apartment because I was busy with client meetings and family for weeks even though I knew it needed to be done.
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: February 24, 2006 02:05PM
Try to correct me if you'd LIKE, but I can go over there and clean that place out in a DAY and smack them around. They need boot camp.

So what? That's you. And if you cleaned it out, the guy would start again. Do you not understand "obsessive" and "compulsive"? Or are there no mental illnesses in your universe?
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Re: OMFG
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 25, 2006 06:01AM
Seems to be blocked, at least for me. We must have slammed their server:

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You don't have permission to access /the_house/index.html on this server.
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