Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shop Girl: And we're off, sort of...

Well, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind to start off the Shop Girl series, but a couple of days ago, Walu asked me to do something about some old photography darkroom equipment that has been languishing in the utility room for years. So one thing led to another, and the next thing you know, we're playing "dumpster poker."

What's that you say? You've never heard of dumpster poker? Well, that's where you say, "Gee, I'd really appreciate it if you'd clean out (fill in the blank)." And I say, "Well, I'll see your broken stereo receiver that has been sitting on the bookshelf for a decade, and I'll raise you a 1970's princess phone I've had squirreled away in the (whatever it is you are challenged to clean out)." And off they both go to the dumpster (Or Goodwill or the recycling bin, as the case may be). It's a great way to clean house, though Walu, a classic pack rat, is a little stressed out by it.

Actually, he's not a big fan of dumpster poker, but that's what he gets for suggesting I clean out the utility room.

One of the items in the darkroom that I never had any intention of getting rid of, however, is a very handy sink given to me by my friend Dave Bolch. He'd originally made it for his own darkroom, and then passed it along to me when he upgraded. And since I haven't developed and printed any photos in years (got sucked into the whole digital thing, you know), I've wanted to put that sink in the shop, where I've needed one for a long time. I've just been very, very busy and couldn't get to it.

OK, the truth is I've procrastinated, because I knew it would lead to this:

Yes, that's right, complete chaos. My normally fairly organized shop is in disarray as I'm re-arranging things in order to fit the sink in. If you don't believe me, take a look at this:

And this:

And I thought that as long as I'm moving things around, I might as well do a little long-overdue cleaning and organizational updating. So that's what I've been working on for a couple of days. I'll post the "after" pictures, hopefully, sometime this weekend.

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