My latest kick these days is getting rid of stuff. The junk accumulation phase of my life is over, and it’s time to downsize. My new best friends are the recycle bin, the dump, the paper shredder, eBay, and the Salvation Army. I’d like the house to eventually be neat and organized. I’d like us eventually to move to a smaller house that’s less of a money pit. When that happens, I don’t want to have a lot of junk to move, so I’m getting a head start on things now.
There have been a couple of recent exceptions. I recently repaired my old electric guitar, a ’79 Peavey T-60 which I bought in the mid-1980s. These are versatile, well-made guitars that can produce a wide variety of different sounds, due to a unique “coil tapping” circuit that uses the tone control to dial in variable amounts of resistance across the pickup coils. However, on mine, the neck pickup never worked. I found an OEM replacement on eBay and soldered it in, and now it’s good as new and I’m having lots of fun with it, after it sat neglected for 20-odd years. (Incidentally, when I first picked it up, it was still in tune.)
Next up is my old mountain bike, a ’93 Specialized Rockhopper. It’s been mostly neglected for around 10 years. The old front suspension fork is shot, making it unrideable. My plan is to replace it with a rigid fork, upgrade the headset and stem, and use it for winter commuting and some occasional single track. If it works out, I’ll replace the old cantilever brakes with v-brakes, and possibly convert it to single speed. It’s got a well-built frame, and if I can fix it up for $250 or so, then there’s no need to shell out big bucks for a new mountain or cross bike.
It’s a bit nostalgic fixing up the guitar I had as a teenager and the bike which I rode in my 20s. If this my mid-life crisis, I guess it beats buying a sports car or a boat.