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When I saw this subway ad, I decided to take a quick
photo of it.
(I do this now and then, and it's usually awkward when
someone's sitting in front of the ad.)
My wife and I keep a
storage unit just one local subway stop away from our
place in Brooklyn. I visit our unit at least twice a year to
get our air conditioner at the beginning of the summer
and to put it back when the weather begins to turn
cooler. We also visit our storage unit before and after
traveling to pick up and drop off luggage and bags and

Is keeping a storage unit common where you live? In New York City, it's actually
ubiquitous as apartment sizes are often short on space. I would venture to
guess though that most of us who keep storage units really need to
get over our
hoarding tendencies and get rid of stuff that we really don't need.

Some people, however, really do need to store stuff. If you have a
side gig, as this
ad suggests, and need a place to store some equipment, then a storage place is a
great option.

  • UBIQUITOUS - commonly seen
  • SHORT ON something - not enough of something
  • GET OVER something - stop doing, practicing, or thinking about something
  • HOARD - keep stuff, instead of getting rid of stuff you don't need
  • GET RID OF - throw away; eliminate
  • SIDE GIG - work on the side; additional work besides your full-time job

The word "gig" is usually used to talk about work that is not permanent. Actors,
musicians,freelancers of all kinds use the word "
gig" a lot. When a band is playing
at your favorite bar, that's their
gig. However, the word "gig" can also be used to
refer to a permanent position when you're referring to your job in an informal

A doctor, for example, might say to his friends, "I love being a doctor; it's a nice
gig." However, if the doctor were making a speech at a convention, he would
probably say, "I love being a doctor; it's a challenging but fulfilling profession."
Some doctor's though actually do act or belong to a band on the side! If they live in
New York City, there's a good chance they are keeping their equipment for their side
gigs at a storage place.

So, do you or anyone you know have a side

Catch you later. Good luck!
Do you have a side gig?