Helping to fix things or explaining why men still wear their oldest t shirt, Doug gives us the man’s perspective.
My husband has a room full of old computer parts, help!
–Covered with keyboards in Phoenix, AZ
I have heard this can happen. I think it would help if I try to shed some light on the inner workings of a man’s mind where it relates to computer parts:
“It’s cool to fix something, computers are cool, if I fix a computer I’m cool.”
There may be nothing you can do about this room. Also, I would like you to know that there are worse things that can fill a room than old computer parts.
Seriously though, I spent a large part of my growing up years wishing we could afford nice computers. Technology kept changing and leaping forward, and wow that stuff was really great. The techie geek kid in me longed for that stuff, dreamed about it. Today the stuff of my kid dreams is going in the trash and the Flash Gordon type technology is all around us. It is very hard to look at that old stuff without thinking about how it meant so much to me just a few short years ago (okay, 25 years ago). This applies to all kinds of stuff, not just computers.
That might not be the case, but if it is, then you have a great opportunity to get to know your husband even better while you love him into getting rid of that stuff. Ask him about his thoughts and his experiences with technology and what computers have meant to him and still mean to him. Approach the computer graveyard issue from an attitude of a respectful desire to understand why he’s keeping the parts. You’ll both find out right away if the computer parts have an emotional tie that keeps them around. In all other cases old computer parts should go; they have no value.
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Doug’s first job was in a meatpacking plant. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona. He’s read the works of C. S. Lewis. He’s manly, and he’s here to help.