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Old 14 January 2019, 03:50 PM
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The article is here: https://wtop.com/local/2019/01/we-st...otos/slide/37/

The local news station is moving to new digs. Of course that means cleaning out desks, cabinets, etc. The cutout of the football player's head is really creepy. Some of the items haven't been used in years.
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Old 19 January 2019, 06:32 PM
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I am counting down to my coworker's retirement as he has stacks and stacks of instruction manuals for outdated software and years of industry magazines. It'll be interesting to be able to see over the stacks on his cabinet.
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Old 19 January 2019, 07:27 PM
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At my old job we had a technician who worked for us in our lab. After he left we were cleaning out the drawer in the lab where he kept his stuff, and we found moldy sandwiches, unrefrigerated Hot Pockets, and some of those temporary checks that banks give you when you open a new account.
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Old 23 January 2019, 12:30 PM
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I am counting down to my coworker's retirement as he has stacks and stacks of instruction manuals for outdated software and years of industry magazines. It'll be interesting to be able to see over the stacks on his cabinet.
Reminds me of what was found in the next-door neighbor's house after his suicide. (this was back in 1982): 2 tons worth of technical manuals, technical specs, publications of that nature in his attic. It was a wonder the house did not collapse! I know this because the deceased's niece and her family had the dubious honor of clearing it out and hauling it to the county dump (for lack of a better term), where, due to the load, the truck had to be weighed before and after it was unloaded.
I had a boss who was once written up by the safety department for the gerbil heaven that his office was. Old phone messages, notes, journals and god-knows-what-else was all over that area.
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Old 23 January 2019, 02:03 PM
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due to the load, the truck had to be weighed before and after it was unloaded.
That's normal procedure at our transfer stations. You pay by the ton.

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Old 23 January 2019, 04:49 PM
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A leader of one group here just walked out one day, so another guy had to take his position and started going through the VERY messy office. There were project files from over ten years before, messages left by clients from years ago, a lot of phone messages and email message from clients asking for work to be done, regulatory paperwork that had to be turned in months earlier. Unsurprisingly, a lot of those clients were not receptive to our doing the work when we finally got back to them, and it took the new guy over a year to get the group working properly again.

There were also a couple of burgers and some sandwiches buried in the piles of paperwork. That just made it extra special.
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Old 23 January 2019, 06:02 PM
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I will confess to finding a sweet roll under a pile of drawings once in my office. It was only a week old though.
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2 tons worth of technical manuals, technical specs, publications of that nature in his attic. .
I realize back in 1982, things were perhaps a bit different, in terms of being able to get the word out, and depending on the subject matter of those manuals, it certainly could have been a treasure trove of material for those who had equipment, but no original manuals.
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Old 24 January 2019, 12:53 PM
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IIRC, the person was a patent office examiner.
Dr. Rocket--thank god this person did not return with guns ablazing!
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I realize back in 1982, things were perhaps a bit different, in terms of being able to get the word out, and depending on the subject matter of those manuals, it certainly could have been a treasure trove of material for those who had equipment, but no original manuals.
Again depending on the particular manual, but some of them are still in demand.

Doesn't sound like he had an attic full of manuals for old farm equipment; but, if anybody does, I'd advertise them, not throw them out.
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Old 24 January 2019, 02:13 PM
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Doesn't sound like he had an attic full of manuals for old farm equipment; but, if anybody does, I'd advertise them, not throw them out.
Indeed. My cousin Scott made his living selling International Harvester manuals.

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