Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Good start. Now about that dirty nail...photo courtesy Flickr

The recent discovery of what is feared to be live smallpox virus in an ill-tended biological refrigerator reminds me of the value of cruising the house ridge pole to sump, boundary to boundary once a year. Check inventory for pull dates, off odors, foxing (mildew spots), and other signs of neglect. Gently shake out and reconfigure linen and silk, that will otherwise break along fold lines. Annual inspection serves notice to pests and rodents that someone is indeed paying attention.

If all this seems too much, have less stuff so that you can do right by it. Dormant inventory can turn up lethal surprises, like rusty pesticide cans, ammunition, and black widow spiders.

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