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December 21, 2011

Energy Bars and Random Acts of Kindness

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:08 am

Found a dozen energy bars tonight, intact. Haven’t been finding much lately. There has been so much auto traffic with Christmas shoppers, it’s a real hassle to dumpster dive right now.

My husband has a good heart and sometimes too good. Tonight a young lady approached us and asked us if we had some money for gas. The lady immediately left our space and went away from the gas station. I yelled hey! Your car is over there (she was walking towards the bar). Now I wonder if she was looking for booze money. Hard to say. Had my husband not been hungry (we were on our way to the local bookstore to get a bagel) I would have followed her into the bar and gave her a tongue lashing for taking advantage of people’s kindness.

Many times I’m leery of beggars as I don’t know their motive. When I lived in CA, I had a young lady approach me for money for gas. I said OK (thinking this is a scam), I have no money on me, but if you’ll pull over at the gas station across the street, I’ll be more than happy to fill up your tank. She himmed and hawed and said oh no, that’s ok. So she was full of it.

My husband learned his lesson. I told him from now on, if someone approaches you for money for food or gas, offer to buy them gas or a meal. If they say no, they’re scamming you. It’s sad that it has come to this, but this is how our world is right now.

I told my hubby tonight (who’s exhausted from work) that we’re not diving for the rest of the year. We need to get rid of the some of the stuff we now have either to charity or people we know. We also need to be a couple and have bonfires in our backyard and reconnect to our Celtic roots through the ritual of fire. He’s a heathen pagan and I’m a Hindu (religion not race) so ritual fires and winter solstice is important to us. There is way too much traffic out right now to do any good diving. There will be plenty of Christmas goods and returns after the beginning of the year.

My husband has a few people he knows who have no family here. They’re both men in their 50’s and up. They need a good friend and my hubby could be one for them. One of them I’ve invited over for a holiday dinner, so we’ll see if he actually decides to come over. Since I’m a naturally friendly person, I make friends easy. We have a huge backyard and grill. Since I’m a good cook and entertainer this will start the year off right by having people over for food and conversation.

Tonight we were in a mall buying Christmas gifts for each other. My hubby gave me a robe, gown and slipper. He wanted this huge book so I indulged him. That was our gift exchange. I loathe malls and only go if I have to. The crowds, the lighting makes me very nervous. PLUS I feel like a rat in a cage, surrounded by tons and tons of advertising, buy this and you’ll be successful, buy this and you’ll be the envy of your girlfriends. Please.

Our values have been shaped by what we buy, not by what who we are and our character. That’s completely upside down. Our ancestors lived a simpler happy life. So for me, it will be making quilts and crocheting blankets, reading a good book and making time for my fitness and health goals.

In 2012 I vow to make more friends, have people over for food, conversation and bonfires and less time thinking about the lousy economy. If we continue to focus on this lousy economy we’ll lose years of fun and laughter that we’re supposed to have.



  1. Bonfire in your backyard? My neighbors always used to complain about that.

    That giving story was funny. You’re car’s over there! The very same thing happened to me once as well.

    Comment by Ryu — December 21, 2011 @ 3:08 am

  2. Great post UDD!

    Comment by White Rabbit Lady — December 28, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  3. We need to turn the lousy economy to our advantage. There are a lot of able bodied young white people who are idle. I know heavy drinking guy in his 20’s who has money troubles, and I offered to buy him a beer making kit so he could make beer for half the price. He said, “nah, I’m too lazy.”

    When he has NO BEER I bet he’ll rethink my offer, and maybe become a regular beer manufacturer. That’s what I really look forward to — a hungry, can do attitude by Americans.

    Comment by mindweapon — December 28, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  4. I agree MW. A lot of young men are idle indeed. This is where the illegals have a hold on us. They’re scrappy and industrious. They will do the dirty work to make money. Our European ancestors worked hard and did a lot of dirty work. A lot of us have become soft, very soft. That will change soon. When the unemployment check stops, you’ll either make do or starve.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 28, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  5. Just a random act of kindness my daughter recieved today. She’s a beautiful 17 year old, very athletic and active in all sorts of things. Trying to save up a little bit of money, she works on Sunday afternoons in our hometown as a waitress. She served a lovely couple from California back in september. They engaged her in coversation and her desires in life. She has always wanted to go to Germany and visit family on her grandmother’s side. In the mail today, to her, was a check for airfare to Germany….from a total stranger. A lesson in life I hope she can “pay forward” at sometime in her life.

    Comment by Blown Away Mom — December 29, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  6. What a lovely story. That was no accident. God wanted her to have that money to visit Germany. This is fate. Your story gave me chills down my spine.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 30, 2011 @ 12:02 am

  7. Urban Dumpster Diver,

    Off topic, but it’s a great idea I had recently. I used to pluck worms for fishing on rainy nights, with a flashligth at either a golf course, a farm, or even my own lawn or garden. Worms are actually very good feed for chickens.

    If you know any chicken farmers, here’s an idea — gathering worms to barter for chicken eggs.. The protein is very good for teh chickens. I know someone who farms tilapia in big tanks. I originally got the idea for him.

    Worms are great because they are a very local source of protein, lessening dependence on agribuisness. Instead of eating them directly, put them through a more appetizing animal like a fish or a chicken (though they can certainly be eaten directly)

    Comment by mindweapon — December 30, 2011 @ 9:58 am

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