I grew up under a mom and dad who were children who lived thorough the thirties, so I was tought not to waste things. Now this once hobby of photgraphy has morphed into a middle age obsession at times. I use it to unwind with , balancing the responsibilities I have at work and with my family, and largely it works well. A few years ago I was gifted a large quantity of paper and film; enough 4x5 that I have not shot though all of it in the past 3 years. It all lives in a vertical freezer (like a fridge, but all freezer, that lives in the garage). It is basically full of film and paper, with a bit of frozen summer fruit tucked in here and there. Then a year ago, to work with the 4x5 negs that were accruing and being contact printed to date, I went looking for a 4x5 enlarger, which I bought for $500, along with lenses, timer, a few nice 10x20 muslin back drops, etc. A fair prce I thought. The lab operator then gave me gratis a denistometer, two roller processors, a wing lynch slide film processor, with a bunch of extra chemistry for e-6, and an auto sldie mounter. I made it through that bit of gear indigestion (just). So far I have been able to bring myself to throw out the 19" kreonite , since I would never turn the tanks over before the chems were off. A month ago a fellow camera club member gave me all of his fridge of film; odds and ends of expired film of one sort or another to play with, along with a 16x20 dry mount press; I compensated by givig my 11x14 dry mount press to another local apug'er who is likely to make good use of it. Then two weeks ago I realized that by getting a cheap enlarger, I would have the full makings of a third complete devlop and enlarge rig. (I have assembled surplus to my needs 'rigs' to get interested parties set up to do thier own developing and printing with it all coming to them in one lot for a reasonable price (sub $100) a few times in the past.) The bonus with this 'Bay lot was that it was local pickup only, and came with some outdated paper of the sort I started printing with 25 years ago. I do collect empty paper packets. Well there was more paper than in the picture on the auction, and an easel, a timer, etc. oh well. About 10 different packets, of paper no larger than 8x10 that I have mostly used in the past, perhaps 20-50 sheets per envelope or box. Good for goofing off projects was how I look at these packets. Then two days ago he asks me to swing by again; he has found more paper to give me for free. So last night I come home with mostly full 250 sheets boxes of Ilford Pearl MGIV in 5x7 and 8x10, and the best of all, two 500 sheet 5x7 boxes of GAF Indiatone sheen surface (b) DW FB paper. One Indiatone box is still sealed; the other has had maybe 50 sheets used of it. Indiatone was a new one to me, so I tested it as soon as it came home. A tiny bit of fog, but after 35 or 40 years stored who knows how, it seems to be in most reasonable shape. The processing in dektol 1:2 on its own showed fog, but with some KBr tossed in, things came into line, the paper slowed down, and the fog died back, and the image warmed, and oh, baby, it is beautifully warm toned chlorobromide paper. I have read for years of how image tone could once be manipulated by developer ingredients, time and dilution, and with this paper it is all true. I could bearly sleep last night thinking of how I wanted to interpret old images on this 'new to me' paper. Do things like this ever happen to you? Is this my inner artist screaming to get out of this professional engineer by work day's body? I am interested to hear your approach to this situation. Am I nuts, or does this paper landing on me a warrantable sub set of GAS of the consumable supplies variety? I am pondering putting out packets of 50 sheets of this stuff to interested parties for the cost of packing and postage. Do you think that this would be a good way of dilluting the guilt of my good luck?