The 30 Million Payoff for Appreciating Beauty (with a little luck added in)

For people buying a new house, junk is usually a problem that they would negotiate to bring down the cost.  It is junk, and it would really cost to have it picked up and dumped in some junkyard.  This was not the case for Larry Joseph and Thomas Schults though who, after surveying the property they wanted to buy, decided to add on a few grand to the buying price just so that they can keep the paintings that were in the New York cottage that they planned to renovate.  The family quickly agreed, since they were supposed to dump the artwork at the wishes of the artist, who had died in 1999.

30 million art

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Before moving forward, it would be good to review a bit.  The house that was being bought at the time belonged to the sister of Arthur Pinajian, the painter who is now known to have incredible determination.  Like most artists, he lived an extremely secluded life, especially towards the latter part of his stay on this earth.  He would paint daily, but none of his works were ever known to be sold, and he lived with his passion through the support that came only from his sister.

Arthur was not always dedicated to painting, but his inclination towards the arts were definitely noted even during his early years.  He was born during a time when comic strips were developing, and he made some money off of that pursuit.  The second world war, however, put a hurdle along this path.  After coming back from the war where he had earned a bronze star, Arthur decided that he needed to put away the kid gloves and focus on his real desire… serious art, where he can communicate his ideas through color.

Life of a modern artist is difficult, because it requires you to know the different styles out there that have already been developed, but society also demands that you create a unique style that can be considered your own.  This he threw himself at with gusto, and started mimicking the styles of the well known artists in order to learn how they came up with their own method of painting.  Experts do note though that although this man mimicked a lot during his early practice sessions, he was able to come up with a truly unique style of his own.  This came through his years of study as he thought of the different issues that he noticed while painting.  Musings regarding the issues of color composition and pattern were found along with the paintings in the New York bungalow that was to be made over.

It is mind boggling how Arthur Pinajian lived his life without much luxury.  In an era where most people ran after things that would eventually rake in money, Arthur studied without the thought of being paid, and he did it with such a passion that one could say that he was simply doing art for art’s sake: a man truly dedicated to the advancement of art.  It is terrifying to think of the fact that almost all this knowledge and beauty could have been thrown out and lost just because some men wanted a clean house.

All this has not been lost though, and we have Larry and Thomas to thank for that.  Had they not gone to the area, had they not decided to purchase the paintings, then the world would have lost a treasure trove of knowledge and art coming from one particular man.  Thanks to them, the treasure is safe, shared and even sold.  Good for them though, they did get a good deal out of it too. The paintings were appraised at 30 million total. Some paintings on display in New York at selling for $87,000 each.

Posted by: junkwarriors | April 30, 2012

More Recycling in Seattle = Less Trash Pickups

More Recycling in Seattle = Less Trash Pickups

Major cities across the US spend an inordinate amount of time trying to find ways in which they can work within their budgets, yet still provide quality services for their citizens. The city of Seattle has decided that one way to do that is to take a strong look at the ways in which they operate their waste management services. While saving money is at the heart of the decisions they have made, protecting the environment seems to have played some part in it as well.

The first step that Seattle made in changing the way in which they collect waste is asking the locals to be a little bit more pro-active in helping the city do its job. That means that they will have to make sure that there are no take-out food containers or plastic bags in the trash. They are also asking that people start to look at recycling all of their cardboard materials and using leftover food for composting. In another major move, the city of Seattle is allowing its residents to opt-out of receiving phone books, many of which simply end up tossed in the trash or spending weeks on end out on the front steps of homes.

Those changes look like being the tip of the iceberg when you hear about the other plans that the city has in store for waste management. The largest of those would be switching weekly trash collection to bi-weekly, which is a move that they feel will help in a number of different areas. Budgetary concerns always come first, and the move to a bi-weekly pick-up schedule could save the city of Seattle upwards of $60 million annually. They also feel that all of these changes would keep almost 1,500 tons of waste out of landfills every year, whilst also reducing the amount of trucks that rumble through neighborhoods were kids are at play.

No final decision has been made on the bi-weekly trash pick-up, but the city is considering implementing a trial run across a few neighborhoods to see exactly how it would impact the area in general and the city as a whole. For their part, the citizens of Seattle seem to be torn on whether these ideas are good or not, but the consensus does seem to be that a trial run might be a good idea before wholesale changes are implemented citywide.

The reality is that we live in a world that is choking on its own fumes, and yet many people simply don’t care enough to effect any real change. While some may cry that it’s nothing more than the city officials being concerned about the almighty dollar, history has shown that change doesn’t come easily until people are forced to act. Citizens of Seattle, and other places that are talking about following suit, will quickly learn that recycling and composting will help take away the stink and build-up of trash that would be inevitable during a 2 week cycle. If those people can learn to recycle and keep their neighborhood clean, then maybe they won’t be so reliant on others to clear up their mess, and that can only be a good thing for everyone.

Posted by: junkwarriors | October 5, 2010

September 2010 Job

Some Sep. 2010 misc. job pictures. Enjoy! Asphalt is always fun!

Posted by: junkwarriors | October 28, 2009

Junk Warriors Random Pictures

Seattle junk hauling, junk removal, random Junk Warriors pictures. Enjoy!



Posted by: junkwarriors | May 28, 2009

Biggest Job This Year

Junk Warriors had its largest job yesterday. A home in Kent had cut down several trees and wanted us to haul away all the debris. Took a team of two 7 1/2 hours, but in the end the yard looked great!




Posted by: junkwarriors | May 6, 2009

May 2nd Junk Removal Job

The day was humid.. but we managed to haul away a garage full of junk in a few hours. Load included metal, scrape wood, garage door openers, law mowers, and golf clubs.


Posted by: junkwarriors | March 16, 2009

Junk Removal Pricing

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Posted by: junkwarriors | March 13, 2009

Seattle Taking On Trashy Yards

On September 16th 2007 the Seattle PI wrote an article about how Seattle is taking on trashy yards. During the short period of time between January 2006 and July 2006 Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development received 222,008 complaints regarding junk storage and overgrown weeds. During this same period the department has issued 2,500 citations totaling $137,000 in income. On April 2007 Mayor Greg Nickels requested the City Council to raise daily fines for violations to $150 for the first 10 days of non-compliance and then up to $500 for every day after that. The council approved the increase in May, and also signed off on a bill that enabled the city to seek criminal penalties for violations.