Tuesday, November 06, 2007

And boy are my cars happy!

One of the risks of being the father of a kid who's leading a project to bring a skate plaza to your town is that you may find yourself responsible for some of the equipment associated with the project.

For example, a local businessman made a very generous donation to our cause by giving the skate plaza project a very large and expensive mini half pipe. Although it was greatly appreciated by the team, we unfortunately couldn't use it because it did not fit the kind of design we have planned.


However, since it was a donation to do with as we wanted, we decided to sell it on eBay and simply apply the proceeds directly toward our fundraising efforts. But in order to accept the donation in the first place, we needed a place to store the behemoth 26' long structure until we could sell it.

Enter my garage last May. "No problem," I said. "I'll just disassemble it and put it in there for a few weeks until somebody buys it. Surely it won't take long." Here's what it did to my garage.

Notice how there's no cars in there? Notice how everything is completely strewn about because it was nearly impossible to get to anything to put it away properly? Notice how we put it on eBay 3 separate times because nobody wanted to pay the thousands of dollars to ship a 3000 pound steel half pipe? Notice how it was still sitting in the exact same place last week?

But then... the 4th time was the charm. FINALLY some wonderful people from Iowa bought it and drove up with a huge trailer and whisked it away, never to inherit my garage again!

Notice how happy I am right now that my garage looks like this instead?

Ok, I guess you can't actually see my face, but trust me... I'm smiling!

20 comments:

Diesel said...

You need a barn.

Although, come to think of it, I wish my barn was as clean as your garage.

Impetua said...

I think your garage is cleaner than my house.

Julie Pippert said...

That's a lot of very organized garage stuff. Glad you sold it. Hope you made the profit you wanted (beyond emptied out garage) and how cool your son has taken on this challenge.

Julie
Using My Words

Kathy said...

I'd kill to have stuff up on walls like that. I know, all it takes is a nail, but it still feels like too much work. I'm lazier than anyone I know. Congrats on selling the piece!

Stepping Over the Junk said...

want that garage!
when I was a kid, I skated (boarded)...back then, we used empty pools

wayabetty said...

The things we do for our kids, they better appreciate it when they "fly" away from the nest! That's all I'm sayin'.

Jennine said...

Must feel great to have your Man Cave back! You are amazingly well organized! Did Char do that?

VE said...

Now Jeff, that's not your pink basket up on that shelf is it?

Jenny said...

You have the cleanest garage. Ever.

Wow.

Heather said...

Did you clean it up before taking the picture or is it always like that?

Come to think of it, there would be no hope of getting a half-pipe in either of our garages, even if they were cleaned up.

Jeff said...

diesel - First I would need 100 acres, like you!

impetua - Uh, I'm guessing not.

julie - I still have tons of crap I need to get rid of, but I'm working on it. And yes, we received a very nice donation for the ramp.

kathy - Nails, hooks, pegboard - I got em all. Yeehaw!

stepping - That's funny. My kid wants to use if for skateboarding too. Too bad though, winter's a-coming and our cars need a home.

waya - Yeah good luck with that. Kids tend to have short term selective memory for the things their parents do for them. Like I'm pretty sure I raised myself for example while my parents were on vacation for 18 years. See?

jennine - Ah no - Char was not involved in that project. But I love the whole "man cave" thing!

ve - No, I'm just storing it for the Easter Bunny.

jenny - Not really. It's not a very detailed picture. But compared to the first picture... yeah.

heather - Yes, I took the picture just after I cleaned it. And it's always my fantasy to keep it that way but it doesn't usually last too long. I guess that's what spring and fall are for huh?

Mom said...

Looking good, Hon. Now if it would just stay that way--right? You know the saying about the acorn not falling far from the tree? Your Dad is always going out to clean up the garage--and it looks like yours looks now, most all of the time. Must be in the genes!! Isn 't that how you tore the tendon in your hand--cleaning out the garage?

Gale said...

Wow, that is the prettiest garage ever. Now what you need is some decorations for the walls. Posters, big plastic bugs, a cardboard cutout of John Wayne, some post cards, and a few motorcycle parts....oh wait thats my garage. Very tidy of you though!

Mooselet said...

Are you available for hire to come and clean my sheds? I promise to get rid of the poisonous spiders first.

And I can tell you're happy - your shadow is smiling.

QZ~Ba Doozie said...

oh lordy your garage is way too organized. I need to come in there and throw some stuff around for you

deborah said...

hey could you come help me with MY garage woes. I did get it started, but.....

neva said...

laughing at Impetua's comment, for your garage is cleaner than my house, too. but then, our own garage is cleaner than my house, so that may not be saying much.

glad you managed to finally pawn...er, sell that "equipment", and that the funds were put to good use. (or did the money help PAY for that tidy space you call a "garage"??) ; )

Mom Thumb said...

I bet there would have been some unpleasant thoughts if you were out scraping snow and ice off your cars while the half-pipe was nestled warmly in your garage.

Debo Hobo said...

What a wonderful papa!

Looks like your garage is ready to take on any honeydue list project at a moments notice. I wish I could type Tim Allen's Tool Time grunt and have it make sense but you get the idea :)

Windyridge said...

My 13 year old want one of these. there is even talk of it happening by another town member (or so my boy says anyway).