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March 31, 2010

Memory Foam

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:37 pm

Found a memory foam pillow (new). I’m washing the cover now as I don’t want bed bugs. 1 bottle of olive oil, 1 container of sun screen spray, 1 package of real hair (the type you’d sew in your hair as extensions), wrong color though, I have long blond hair, this is black (maybe I should clip in the extensions and I’ll look like one of those MTV chicks on those stupid reality shows) and 1 apron. Not bad finds tonight.

Last night I found a few odds and ends but nothing to write home about.

I found a church in my area who feeds the homeless on a regular basis and could use all kinds of things, clothing, personal care products, etc. Now I have a new place to give a lot of my dived stuff to. This particular church feeds everyone and could use the help. It will be my pleasure to help them.

March 30, 2010

Sticker Shock

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:58 am

Found a huge bag of stickers, envelopes and note cards, candles, 2 boxes of cereal, one new clickable pencil and numerous odds and ends too numerous to mention. (Pictures attached).

Talked to a homeless family tonight at the park. They have 3 kids. Three homeless kids. Next time I see them, I should tell them they should start squatting the empty homes in the area.

I made sure and told them about all the soup kitchens in the area and other places they can find food. I had a huge bag of goodies for a friend, however I took some of that stash and gave it to the homeless couple.

Isn’t this pathetic? In America we have people living out of their car and their van. I talked to one female security guard tonight who is homeless and lives out of her van. She sleeps during the day the my local pigs hassle her constantly. She told me there has been plenty of times they’d bang on her door in the middle of the night and tell her to move. Like she’s a bother.

She’s a middle aged female like me. I talk to her all the time. I told her to park in my neighborhood, no one will bother her. She can tell the cops she’s visiting me and can come in my house and have a hot meal anytime.

Let’s see – we’re spending all this bullshit money on endless wars, bank bailouts for corporate sociopaths, high end salaries for useless federal employees AND our congressman and senators. Good people like my security guard friend and the family I met today are out there in the cold while the scumbags at the top sleep on 1,000 count sheets. I hope they all burn in hell and I really mean that.

March 29, 2010

Sunday Night Finds

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:48 am

12 boxes of pringles, 2 boxes of truffles (OMG I love truffles too much), 15 packages of wafer cracker type cookies, 3 bags of trail mix, one brand new bottle of shampoo, microwave pork rinds (now that’s a first) and other odds and ends.

My cupboards are full again. So now it’s time to donate most of this food and the keep the rest for me.

Every single time I run out of something, I usually find it right before I need to buy it OR I find loads of it.

One thing I do is that if I see cans/bottles lying around, I take them. It’s cash money, keeps the cans and bottles out of the landfill and that money I can use for food and other necessities.

March 28, 2010

Tortilla Flat

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:48 pm

Found a decent load the other night. About 5 packages of tortillas, pork rinds, 2 bottles of perfume, dish/counter scrubbers, plastic cups and wheat thins.

March 23, 2010

Disturbing Incident

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 6:41 pm

Found a young kid last night sniffing an aerosol can, eyes rolling back in his head and vomiting. He was completely oblivious to me being near him. I immediately called the paramedics. When I first came upon him I wondered why he was just sitting there, then I realized what happened.

The paramedics arrived about 5 minutes later and immediately took him to the nearest hospital. He’s OK and alive.

Why in God’s name do young kids do this? Why? I had a young man in my high school who used to sniff Pam spray. He kept sniffing it and sniffing it and eventually he died, right in front of a bunch of his classmates in a local dairy queen after school. It was a horrifying sight. His Mom and Dad lost a fine young man – a senseless death.

March 17, 2010

Bathrobe and Slippers

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:53 am

One bathrobe (yes a bathrobe) without the belt, 1 pair of pajama bottoms, 1 pair of house slippers, 3 dish towels for the kitchen and one neck/shoulder massager. At least I’ll be comfy and clean.

I’d been bummed out as I’d not found anything for a while. Upon coming to one of the stores on my route, I noticed different trash in different dumpster. Then I realized a young family who lives out of their RV was in the parking lot. I had talked to them before. They had picked through a lot of the food. I think there was some alcohol in the dumpster that had broke and the smell was all over the place. I didn’t want to risk smelling like a cocktail and risk getting pulled over on the way home, so I left the rest of the stuff there.

March 12, 2010

Barney Five

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:24 pm

Had an encounter last night with the security guard. God he was like a Barney Five. Those of you who don’t remember Mayberry RFD Barney Five was a cop who thought he was the shit but he wasn’t.

This rent a cop stopped me last night and told me I couldn’t go into the dumpsters. I said yes I can, Hall vs. Greenwood mandates that all trash in the trash is now abandoned property and is now public domain. I guess he had to justify his job.

I said do you bother the Mexicans going through the trash for boxes to sell at recycling centers? He didn’t answer me. Did he bother me because I’m a white woman? Who knows? All I know is that I don’t need the hassle. He told me what hours he is there and that’s when I’ll show up.

Now if I were some gang banger type would he have stopped me? Who knows? All I know is that I’ve lost a lot respect for cops, security guards and law enforcement. They pick on the poor and oppressed. Those who can’t afford an OJ lawyer. Assholes.

Retrieved dozen package of pumpkin seeds, some bottled water and a bag of chips.

March 11, 2010

Slim Pickins Tonight

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:38 am

2 chocolate muffins in container, 1 container of cinnamon rolls, 1 magnet timer for the refrigerator, one hair butterfly claw thingy and 1 big box of preztels (in the shape of a Christmas tree).

I’ve had people ask me, do you really eat that stuff? My answer is of course! Now before I make that statement, I carefully pull food. If an item has been opened I do not take it, not worth the contamination. Even if it’s a bag of chips or crackers, if it’s been opened, I don’t take it. I wouldn’t risk my health or my friend’s health that I give stuff to.

Most of the time the retail or grocery clerks throw the stuff out enmasse without opening it and a lot of times the products are thrown out by the distributors who come in and stock their items on the shelf.

If you saw me, you’d know perfectly well it’s apparent I’ve not missed a meal. I’m not obese or skinny, I’m toned and fit.

I find a lot of cosmetics and soaps, unopened. If it’s a cleaning product, I’ll take it if it’s opened, there is no harm that come from that.

Now for those who are squeamish about the produce. How many people do you think have handled that piece of fruit before you purchased at the store? How clean do you think the public or the workers are? That’s why I’m not squeamish about the dumpster. I wash the fruit before I eat it and many times I freeze the fruit for later. Since I consider myself a neo-urban survivalist, stockpiling food is a good idea.

March 9, 2010

Books – Jerry – Books

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 9:35 pm

You remember that line from an Seinfeld episode where Elaine had the bizarro friends who resembled Jerry and the rest of the gang? She was reminding Jerry that her new friends actually read books.

Recovered a box of paperback books (new) from behind a retail store. They were going to throw these out! Brand new books! They tear off the covers so they can’t be resold or taken back to the store. That I can understand but to throw in the trash and let them rot in the landfill? I don’t think so.

So off to give out the books I went. I gave them to a friend of mine who works with the public. Several of her customers are nurses who work in local hospitals and nursing homes. They will be taking these books home. Most of them were either mystery books or romance novels, some of them new books just hot off the press.

For the life of me I cannot figure out WHY companies think it’s more important for these things to sit and rot in a landfill than to donate them to those who could use them. If they don’t want to go to the trouble of donating them, leave them in a box outside the dumpster so anyone can come by and pick them up!

March 8, 2010

Gourmet Sauce/Pasta Sauce & Olives

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 5:17 pm

Retrieved about $500 worth of sauces today. Hit the store at the right time and there they were. Olives, pasta sauce, salad dressing and marinades. I hit the jackpot. (pictures attached). They were just waiting for me in the box. They were so heavy I had to literally pull them out of the boxes into a shopping cart and then dumped then into my truck.

Gave some to a friend. The rest are here for me to store.

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