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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday September 27, 2005
10:03 PM

Bottles and cans, just clap your hands

[ #26906 ]
Dear Log,

The last cruise ship of the season has left. The town is much quieter.

In other news, I just found this stray kitten staggering blearily around in my yard, nearly blinded by a nasty upper-respiratory infection, and seething with fleas. After one day, a pound of kitten food, and a series of veterinary drugs, he is now strutting around the house like he owns the place.

As I pack my stuff to move to a new house on the other side of town, I discover that the thing to do when you're moving and have a lot of books, is to ask at liquor stores for their used cardboard boxes; they get lots of boxes in, and the boxes are very often smallish, by design; a box that's still a good carryable size when full of bottles, is also not too heavy once you've filled it with books. Asking at restaurants can be good too, for similar reasons; but their boxes might have food bits stuck to the inside or outside, which can lead to nastiness.

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  • The other reason for using liquor boxes is strength - they are strong enough to be filled with books and still be tossed around without breaking. A box that is designed to hold other materials (bags of potato chips, for example) are much more fragile when filled with books.

    The other technique I used long ago was to take the boxes used to hold 24 cans of soda pop, the ones that are half as high as the can and wrapped in shrink wrap plastic. These boxes are great for holding paperback books - you get two r