Chicagoians: We're moving, want free stuff? (Piano, clothes for crafts, magazines...)

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  1. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    We have to move, and not by choice. You can read me bitching about it in this pathetic rant. (Warning! It's in The Straight Dope's "BBQ Pit" area, where bitching is the norm, to get it out of other areas, and profanity is accepted. I definitely use profanity.)

    We haven't found a place yet, but no matter where we go, it's going to be a smaller place. We have Stuff (we're packrats, I must admit) and it's going to either go in the trash or be destroyed when the building is demolished. If anyone wants any of it, now is the time to speak up.

    There's only one requirement:

    YOU MUST COME GET IT (sometime in the next 2 weeks).

    We don't have a car and don't have time to be traipsing all over the place anyway.

    I promise that we are not

    a) serial killers just luring people to our place (not that we don't mind leaving a mess, but I have an aversion to blood.)

    b) after money. There are some things we could sell, we just want to give away things that it would be a shame to see trashed.

    I promise that we are

    a) fully armed and willing to protect ourselves if YOU are a serial killer (though I don't suppose serial killers bother to read HTF)

    b) poor and will not buy anything if you come here to sell us something.

    c) willing to give our full names, telephone number and address via e-mail.

    Available:

    1) Piano

    This is an smallish upright. It belonged to the woman who owned the building when we moved in. She sold the building and moved back to the Phillipines several years ago and gave it to us. I have short stubby fingers, and quit my piano lessons in frustration. It's sat there holding up photo frames and collecting dust ever since. It's old, and has nicks and dents, but we had it tuned a few years ago and the person who tuned it didn't say anything about it being a piece of shit. He didn't say anything about it being great either. It will do for kids who are just learning, or for an adult who just want to tinker. The way, uh, I thought I was going to do. It really would be a shame to see it pulverized if someone can use it. A piano bench and sheet music is included.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: We live on the 3rd floor of a 3 flat.


    2) Clothes

    I have bags and bags (and bags!) of clean clothes that aren't really worth selling or giving to Goodwill. They're torn or have small stains. What they would be GREAT for is kid's crafts projects and/or quilting. Cut out the small stain and you have a lot of fabric left over. I've been trying to get rid of these for years (I even posted on the Dope about them before), but no takers. Doesn't anybody quilt anymore??

    FULL DISCLOSURE: You want one? No, I'm sorry, you have to take them all.


    3) Magazines

    I'll have to go through and see what all I have, but I know there are several years worth of Time and Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, (my guy Chris just said he has a bunch of Spy magazines, but he may want to sell those on ebay), People, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair and I don't know what else. Our back room is filled with hundreds of magazines. There's nothing really old. I only started subscribing to many of these in the 90's. They'd also be good for craft projects.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I won't look for a specific issue of anything. If you're hoping to find that one specific issue of whatever, you're going to have to take them all, and look through them yourself.


    4) Videotapes

    I also have to go through these and see what we want to keep and what to give away. These are not pre-recorded. They're shows I taped off the air, and practically everything is at SLP (6-hr) speed. They range from tapes popped in in the days following Diana's death, to old episodes of ER and Chicago Hope, to old Novas, to dozens and dozens of skating tapes and Olympic tapes. Many of these are not marked, and I have no idea what exactly is on them. These will be hardest to give up, because I just know there's things on them I'd love to keep. I'd love to keep everything, but besides being an awful packrat, I'm also really terrible at keeping up with things I record. I just pop a tape in and let it run. Everytime I try to keep up, I end up falling behind and then getting involved in another project, and forgetting about them.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I'm not going to look for something in particular. If you want one, you have to agree to take a bunch.


    There's more, such as bags of kichen & bathroom stuff, much of it bought at dollar stores over the years, until we could get something better (might be good for a homeless shelter or battered women's home). Too good to throw away, not interested in keeping. We just don't have the time or energy to bother with a garage sale.

    5) If you're an ardent anti-$cientologist, we have a set (I think there's 14) of L. Ron Hubbard "management" books and some tapes. I've never been a $cientologist, and in fact have been an anti-$cientologist since the early 1970's, but I got them years ago from a guy who was in our situation. He was going to move and throw them in the trash. I thought it would be a kick to look through them, but the man disgusts me so much that I've barely touched them. If an anti-$cientologist wants them for anything involving anti-$cientology, you're welcome to them for free. You must convince me you're an anti-$cientologist. If a $cientologist wants them, I'll be willing to sell them for $150 per book. Note: I will write "Hubbard is a lying asshat bastard, wake up!!" on the cover of each volume, in black Sharpie (the books are green).


    So, any takers?

    My e-mail is [email protected]

    Vickie
     
  2. ken thompson

    ken thompson Second Unit

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    No way! I hate free stuff. Just kidding, I'm no where near Chicago.
     
  3. Ricardo C

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    I read your rant, Vickie. I'm very sorry you guys are being put through this crap [​IMG]

    You can always put a curse on the land before leaving, though [​IMG]
     
  4. Woo Jae

    Woo Jae Screenwriter

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    That just sucks... I mean you should have been informed a LOT earlier, but no, your landlord didn't bother (i.e., procrastinated). [​IMG]

    Vickie_M: Wish you the best of luck in finding a good place. In fact, I would love to have a LARGE condo instead of a home. But you are 100% right about the debt load such things bring. And having owned a car for 3.5 years now, it is a necessary evil.

    (I know that you know that I know that such LARGE living spaces are hard to find...) [​IMG]
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

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    wish I was in Chi-town, I'd love to poke through the Scientology books, and I think it'd be a hoot if you wrote that on the cover anyway [​IMG]
     
  6. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    Thanks for the good wishes guys!


     
  7. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Vickie -

    I don't need any more stuff, just wanted to tell you that yours was one of the most entertaining posts I've ever read.

    Best of luck,

    Jon
     
  8. felix_suwarno

    felix_suwarno Screenwriter

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    vicky, you were the one who helped me find a nice movie theater to watch attack of the clones a year ago. i was a newcomer in chicago and clueless...i wish you good luck.
     
  9. Dave Poehlman

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    You had me sold on the piano until you mentioned you're on the 3rd floor. [​IMG]
     
  10. Woo Jae

    Woo Jae Screenwriter

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    Vickie_M:

    As you noted, NYC is also great with Public Transportation as well. Which is why I myself don't think that a car is ABSOLUTELY necessary. Only thing is, I am the LAST stop on the bus, and commuting to work takes about 1-1.5 hours. Having a car shaves at least 10-15 mins off the commute. New York City - like the Windy City - is a pretty big place.

    But then, I am single, and chances are I will need a car at some point anyway so I took the dive. Unfortunately, like you said, there are MANY costs to driving a car. Gas, Insurance, Financing (if you don't pay cash for everything), and maintenance (NEVER ignore this one folks) all stop me from collecting more movies and anime (see my collection and you can easily verify that I am a fiend...).
     

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