22 Nov '11, 10am

Stuffed to the gills: How crap took over my life—and how I intend to take it back via @grist

Stuffed to the gills: How crap took over my life—and how I intend to take it back via @grist

Photo: Peretz Partensky It's hard to put a finger on the exact moment the crap took over Americans' lives, but I know exactly when it happened to me. And as we head into a day of national gluttony followed by a collective, orgiastic display of shopping, I've resolved to do more than weather the onslaught. I want to look into my own personal relationship with crap -- and I hope others will, too. My story starts in 1997, when I moved from Montana to a small town in Colorado, where I'd landed my first paying job in journalism. I made the trip in my Toyota Tercel wagon -- and I brought everything I owned with me. A decade later, when my wife and I decamped for the East Coast, it took a 24-foot rental truck to accomplish the same task -- and that was after two epic yard sales, in which my wife and mother-in-law, inveterate saleswomen, unloaded all manner of junk on the unsuspec...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/living/2011-11-21-stuffed-to-the-gil...

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