American tradition is to slowly accumulate car parts, household tools and stuff, sporting goods and children's toys, along with various other paraphernalia. This ends up in the garage and/or basement where it slowly disassembles and recombines in something that resembles the primordial soup. Ideally all this steadily increases until death, at which time there is a large garbage mound that the next owner needs to deal with.
The last few days my wife has been diligently going through things to either donate or throw away all the things that were clogging the garage. Today I was called in to do my part of the chore, which involves coming across a number of items and exclaiming things like "why did I buy that?" or "do you think he might miss it?", as if my children were going to come back home and search for the item. It does feel good to have most of this gone now. It is also good to have a lot more room in the garage.
We stumbled across a cassette tape player while rummaging through things. This leaves me wondering if there is a good way to move all my our old cassette tapes onto mp3 files. The challenge would be to get the audio output of the player sent directly to the computer. Maybe we can figure this out together with the kids when they come back.