Rich Galen

And I filled them both.

The stuff that men collect is, to us, just as important as women's the shoe collections. Doesn't matter that women never wear 98% of the shoes in their closets; they just feel better knowing they are there.

I have a complete set of Washington Nationals opponents' media guides which, because they are from last season, are useless.

I have books on CD which I will never listen to again (if I ever did in the first place).

I have cheap mystery novels which are my airplane reading when I'm supposed to be reading political treatises.

I have a collection of pens from every hotel we have stayed at during the course of this Presidential campaign even though I like to use a fountain pen.

I have all manner of connectors for which the items they were used have long since been worn-out, lost, or damaged.

I filled both bins and shoved the rest into the closet which, if the door doesn't burst open from the pressure of the sweaters, jackets, hats, boots, and assorted electronic gizmology I shoved in there, will serve as the perfect storage place until Christmas is over, the relatives go home, and I can put everything back where it was.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at