Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

September 23, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:47 am

I’ve been on the road for over a month now. The last few months I’ve not been finding that much stuff and my dives were few and far between.

I had to move out of California, a state I loved and called home. With the influx of  corrupt politicians and resentment towards middle aged women like me and a horrible job market, I had to leave.

I’ve went across the entire west coast and am now in the midwest visiting family. My road trip will cover the east coast and the smoky mountains as I look for a place I can call home and feel good about.

It’s hard to dumpster dive when you’re traveling. But diving has saved me a ton of money. By diving and not having to buy a lot of my toiletries, electronics and other goods, that has allowed me to save money in order to have this freedom of traveling.

I will be posting on my blog now regularly and will be giving you updates of my travels across the country and what is going in REAL America.

This one thing I do know, when you’re out of Southern California, people are nicer, more polite and actually have manners. What a concept.


  1. I read all your posts. Yes, you should definitely put some of your experiences into a book! Fascinating!

    Comment by Rita — September 24, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  2. Sorry you had to leave. I understand about what SoCal is turning into; I live in a much more rural area so it’s not impacting as hard up here.

    Hope you find a place that’s comfortable and welcoming as a new home. Spent quite a bit of time in my youth in North Carolina, Tennessee, and surrounding areas. The Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mts. are beautiful, so that is a nice place to look.

    Fare well, and keep us posted.

    Comment by Henry — October 3, 2010 @ 2:17 am

  3. A lot to be said for living west of the 100th meridian. Out here on the Giant Side of Texas, there are places for people like you. With a lot of space. You would be welcome.
    Course it takes a couple of springs out here and a little sand to learn to appreciate what space can do for the mind. Wind and space has a tendency to thin out the sissy’s.

    Comment by Curtis — October 12, 2010 @ 8:56 pm

  4. Curtis – thank you for your kind words. I will definitely look into the area you’re talking about.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 14, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  5. I like being left alone. The small oilfield towns, Wink, comes to mind where you can own a small piece of ground, heck even a tent is not out of place as long as you keep your trash picked up and no one gives you a never mind.
    And a lot of space.
    The little towns west of Lubbock or north of Abilene are the same. But I like the oilfield towns as most of the people in the business keep their own council and pretty much expect you to do the same. You can do a lot to help others and be a benifit to the community, but your right to be left alone is respected.
    The problem out here is a vehicle is necessary. The distances are too great and there is no public transportation. Unless you live in Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Abilene, Amarillo, but then those places tend to want to keep up with you.
    But it is a great climate as it gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter, it does not stay that way for months at a time. Really hot weather 2-3 weeks and same for cold. But the wind blows. And the sand.

    Comment by Curtis — October 18, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

  6. G’day, UDD,
    you ok?
    I just discovered your blog.I adore your adventures tales. I am a bit of “Neo-Robin Hood” too. I glean , everywhere, daily.
    It feels so good to be generous.
    I hope you have found a warm nook for winter.
    Take care.

    Comment by anni jensen — November 28, 2010 @ 6:32 am

  7. Anni – thank you luv.

    Your kind comments are much appreciated.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 3, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

  8. Very happy to see the last comment and that you are okay, like the previous reader I only recently discovered your blog and were hoping you were alright. You seem to have a wonderful heart and hopefully you will find a spot that aligns with your beliefs and needs. Take care of yourself.

    Comment by Tammy — December 5, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

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