Friday, April 12, 2013

Tossing treasures?


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

Yes, folks, it’s annual spring cleaning time in which I go through most everything I own to see if they’re worthwhile to hold onto or to finally be discarded into the void. What fun.

Down in the basement, after much rummaging, I discovered an old trunk I hadn’t investigated in years. Here’s what I found inside:

A set of house keys from homes of the past which could have come from a home in either Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, Warm Springs or Sun Valley—I have lived everywhere in Blaine County and loved it.

In addition, there was a set of car keys to a 1981 Cadillac Seville whose transmission went awry in 2004 and I was faced with only the ability to drive forward. The reverse gear went out and I learned to select parking places ideally located at the end of a block for six months until a new vehicle was purchased.

In a separate box, I discovered copies of the Country Times, the Blatant County News and a 1977 December issue of the Sun Valley Magazine. There were also some old tax returns, some Sam’s Club matchbooks, a “Ruth Lieder for Mayor” bumper sticker, an INEL “Stop the Shipments” sticker, a dance card from the first Ketchum Prom at the Kneadery, cocktail napkins from the Chart House, a photo of me with a rash I got at Clarenden Hot Springs and a bounced check from Jimmy Todd. Also, therein, were a slew of hospital bills from Boise, several Wagon Days parade entries from numerous years, dried fecal matter from the Trailing of the Sheep Parade, a “Karnac” turban and a 2-for-1 drink coupon from Mulvaney’s.

At the bottom of the trunk, there was a copy of “Awake”, a paid receipt from the KOA, a black, clip-on bow tie, a library card, an old Golden Rule shopping list, a “Bobo’s Greatest Hits” CD from Magic Mountain Music, a Colonel’s breakfast menu and an ancient scone from Harding’s Trail Inn. 

How can I throw any of these treasures away? I expect you will be faced with this dilemma when you decide to move things around this spring, as well. What, you’re going to toss out a Ketchum Open score card in perfect shape? I think not.

Good luck with that spring cleaning. Nice talking to you.




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