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Goodbye, light blue clip lamp...
Nearly twenty years ago, back when we were sharing an apartment, I inherited a small light blue clip lamp from unkaphaed (you know the kind -- takes a regular size bulb, and just squeeze the clip to clamp it anywhere).  At least, I'm pretty sure I inherited it, and didn't just make off with it.

It used to be hooked up to a phone flasher -- Phaed would be listening to his stereo with big heavy headphones, and this light would flash to tell him the phone was ringing.

It was pretty beat up and ratty then, and nearly twenty years later, it's still pretty beat up and ratty.  But it's been a great way to make light happen in oddball locations where no respectable light would fit.

Anyway, Angela's been using it on her laptop stand for the past year or so -- but as of last night, it's been replaced with a new Staples model.  And another small piece of the "good old days" -- with all sorts of associated memories -- got tossed in the trash.

It's amazing the crap we suddenly realize we've attached sentimental feelings to... :)

We *STILL* have loads of Phaed's old pastel twin-size bedsheets...  Buttercup sleeps on them in her kennel when Angela and I are away... :)

Current Emotional State: melancholy melancholy

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rampling From: rampling Date: March 28th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't you have to treat the light blue clip lamp as e-waste? We can't throw anything like that away here in California -- it's actually illegal.
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: March 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeee... waste? What is that? (Sounds like a synonym for email spam to me!)

What does California do with broken down lamps?
rampling From: rampling Date: March 28th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh goody, I went looking for good refs and found that CA has expanded the category of e-waste to u-waste! Wikipedia has a bit about e-waste, and also has a rather brief mention of the California e-waste law. The rules get so complicated, that one that I finally remembered for most stuff is something like "if it has a cord, it should be treated as e-waste". Though that may well be overkill. Plus you have to remember about fluorescent bulbs (including the fancy new compact bulbs) and batteries and anything with mercury and... it goes on! Complicated and fussy stuff, then you have to find a place that'll take the e-waste, at special disposal sites or at special "e-waste events". I've done it, but it's a pain. Saving a huge long fluorescent bulb 'til I can properly dispose of it it is my favorite! I have a toy plastic miniature trash can that's 4" high that I put my used batteries in until the next local "e-waste event".

Good thing I'm a liberal and believe this stuff tends to be worthwhile! Though I won't go into the many ways 'they' can screw up the greenness of the process after they get my junk....
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: March 28th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Oregon, we have nickel deposits on bottles/cans containing carbonated beverages (though the law has recently changed -- finally -- to include non-carbonated drinks as well).

We have weekly curbside recycling of cardboard, glass and aluminum -- though there's no penalty for NOT doing it. Sometimes, I worry that the recycling trucks and the garbage trucks take everything to the same place...

I'd never heard of e-waste though... go, California! :)
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