Monday, January 9, 2012

Hoarders: Barbara and Richard

Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder. Let's all get to watching some people with mental problems, shall we? Okay! Here we go.

Barbara—Merritt Island, Florida
Barbara does, in the words of her daughter Rebecca, "whatever the fuck she wants". Being able to do that is my life goal, minus the hoarding.

Oh we're doing a strange 2-day earlier flashback of Barbara mowing the lawn while wearing an unsupportive bra. She calls herself disorganized. Not a hoarder.

Jerry is Barbara's younger brother. He is pulling out the ol' "I would feel like I was in Abu Grabib prison" card about Barbie's living conditions.

Harry is Barb's son. Rebecca and Harry don't want their mom to die in a pile of hoard.

2 devastating losses triggered the hoarding. Oh no. 2 of her sons died within the span of 6 months. The older son committed suicide and the younger boy died of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The music for this episode can only be described as epic.

Dr. Scott Haneonaldgalkjf I just can't learn his name. He's a fine man, he's doing a hell of a job, but I have no idea how to say or spell his name.

THE PAXTONATOR! He made Barbara raise her hand declaring herself tired of the hoard. We all know she's not that tired of it.

Barbara's lack of emotion means we're on the verge of a total meltdown.
Babs learned some shit in Japan and Korea. I don't know what she learned, but it might be that a daughter shouldn't call her mom a douche bag.

SHE'S NOT A FAST READER! She needs her buttons and to hell with everyone!

Matt Paxton One-Liner Hoard
She is a pro. She is awesome at acquiring things of no value.
It's easier to be the crazy lady than it is to be the person that has to clean.
Is there anyway you could let me trash these books since they're covered in rat feces?

Barbara and her family realized that hoarding is not a one person deal. They're all helping each other and she's learning to deal with reality.

She's seeing a therapist and an organization specialist.

Richard from Minnesota. 
He's got swagger, hipster glasses and a stylish jacket.
He likes pretty things. Get ready for a lot of treasures, everybody! 100's of lamps and sheet sets, jewelry, pottery, silver settings, laptop bags, canvas bags, leather bags, nice high quality clothing. I mean, he's got some good shit in here! He doesn't have anywhere to walk in his house anymore, but who cares when you have all those pretty things you get to climb over?

A year ago someone called the cops on Richard's hoard. He's currently living in a homeless shelter, in a 6' x 8' room. As you may have guessed, he's begun hoarding out his homeless shelter space. He's totally disgusted with the homeless shelter for evicting him. He was just making his room nice by filling it floor to ceiling with pretty things. Why can't you just let Richard be great?!
Richard considers himself the outcast of the family. Does Richard know he's gay? I think he's casting himself out from his family because he's ashamed of himself. DON'T BE ASHAMED, Richard! Be out and proud and throw away your stuff.

2008 is when the nice thing collecting spiraled out of control. He was working at a men's clothing store that went out of business. He was out of work and felt old and ugly. He decided he was unemployable and stopped working and paying his bills. He didn't stop shopping though.

Coming up on Hoarders!? When did we start doing this? Have we always done this and I never noticed. No way. I'd notice. This is a new feature A&E is springing on us.

DR. GREEN! She is one of the VERY few people that looks good matching their eye shadow to their outfit. She learned that art in her modeling days I have decided she had. 

"Drew Carey's let himself go." -Scott

"I want all of the clocks and lamps." Richard
He's having some trouble letting go of the new stuff in boxes (even though it's covered in mouse droppings).

Dr. Greens' analysis: Rich has mastered not letting anyone into his feelings. He's mastered shutting down. Richard hasn't come to terms with his identity overall and overly identifies with all of his stuff. Bless her heart. She says he's gay without saying he's gay. 

Rich has convinced himself that his family is ashamed of him. They aren't. They are screaming how much they care at him. I think it's getting through. He's a tough nut to crack.

The "Coming Up" makes it seem like Richard is about to come out of the closet. That would be so amazing. A Hoarders milestone! 

His sisters want Richard to "emerge from your cocoon". In Minnesota they call closets "cocoons".

Richard found a picture of his dead dog. Gonna have to take a breather. 

Rich is talking to his family off camera. HE CAME OUT! Oh my gosh! HAPPY DAYS!!!!!! Congrats, Richard!!! I'm so happy! This is the happiest episode ever!1

Richard says he is going to rise out of the flames like a phoenix. I believe him! The homeless shelter is letting him stay until he can get his house back up to code. 

8 comments:

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Once again, I find the box of trash bags and begin filling them with teh junk. Hoarding: don't do this at home! (yesterday, I swear I am not making this up: remember CASSETTE tapes? Yesterday I filled a huge bag with mix tapes. One huge bag of cassette mix tapes would fit onto a wee ipod with room to spare, thank you GOD)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

OH, and BTW, I see pics of your awesome and tidy little house, then I see the hoarders, and I think "NOPE, you'd never see the Baker-Vermulms shitting in a bucket and living in the car because the house is full".

Reverend Awesome said...

Cassette tapes! Way to go getting those puppies out of the house! See, anti-hoarding. That's what you're doing.

My main goal in life is to never shit in a bucket. I've made it this far, I hope to continue.

Anonymous said...

Based on the logo on all of the plastic bags in his house, Target is obviously Richard's favorite place to shop. I'm watching online, and the commercials in between the segments are for Target!

Reverend Awesome said...

Aside from HSN, it seems like Target is the #1 place for Hoarders to shop.

BSOB said...

i like the fuzzy furry toilet lid cover

Anonymous said...

Minnesotans DO NOT call closets cocoons!!!!!!!

miss.e.motional said...

We don't call them cocoons....UNTIL NOW! XOXO

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