Confessions Of A Cable Hoarder


I have a rather large box of cables in my office. Its roughly the size of New Guinea and about as useful. Most geeks I know have a similar cache. You never know when you’re going to need one and whenever I need one you can bet I’ll have the wrong one in my box. So I’ll go out and by some more. I have no problem with this, but it has always been a point of contention with my wife. Additionally we have several old computers and four unused monitors. You can only imagine how pleased she was when I brought home my newest finds.

“Peter…what are those?”
“uhm..what do they look like? They’re cables”
“Sigh…”
“They were just going to throw them out! Can you believe that?”

These are Cisco console cables. These are for connecting to routers, switches and other networking gear. That’s not what I’m going to use them for! I have this bizarre need to make things. If it benefits me or not, isn't the point. The bumper sticker thing is just the newest side path on the journey of obsession. A journey I’ve been on for a long time.

When I was unemployed for seven months I started to lose my mind. It was a very pitiful time in my life. During that time I tried to burn our house down twice. Once by deep-frying chicken in olive oil. Did you know that olive oil has the lowest smoking point of any oil? No? Me either. And once by catching the vacuum on fire. Word to the wise, check the fireplace for embers before vacuuming up the ashes. A number of things came out of this period. One was a home made pizza that tasted so bad even pigs would have turned up their snouts. Second was a collection of hard drive clocks I unsuccessfully peddled downtown. This idea came from an old co-worker who made similar ones. Mine were much less elegant than his. They didn sell for the simple reason that no one in their right mind wanted them. I ended up having to give them away as gifts. Lastly was the Cisco Console Cable Coaster.


C4 is a useful coaster made from a cable and 4 pieces of twine. Actually I use wax tie used in most telecommunications offices, tied in a style called lacing. Something I picked up while working for phone company. They are totally geek and totally useful. They are super absorbent and a fun statement for the techy look. They come in two colors Cisco black, and Cisco blue. So there you go the C4. If your good you might get one in your stocking this year.

12 comments:

J Crew said...

I actually am staring at my coaster as we speak and I honestly like it. It is very creative.

SJ said...

Very creative!

kludge said...

forgot you had one JCrew. Is it black or blue?
SJ-
Thanks sorta like this picture of you...what are you doing anyway?

SJ said...

That was at my night out with the girls before getting married - we went to a place called Dave and Busters - video games, skee ball, etc. I am riding a wave runner playing a video game - and just to note, I won :):):)

J Crew said...

It's blue.

kludge said...

Okay... I had been wondering, but a little afraid at the answer I would get.

Thanks for the info

kludge said...

JCrew-
Black are going fast, reserve yours today!

J Crew said...

If you have a black one, I would actually like it. The next time we see one another I will take one

kludge said...

I'll add you to my list of requestors... namely you. :)

Ando said...

Good for you! I never knew you to be so green, recycling old computer parts and all. How eco-friendly of you. You'd make Al Gore proud.

kludge said...

Ex vice president Al Gore and me are in matched step. I love that human plank of wood.

PS love the new look, one part Blair Witch one part Castaway

Ando said...

I call it Cast-a-Witch.