We got quite the booty the other night. We couldn’t get it all. When we came back the next night to the same place, another diver had gotten most of what was left. That’s fine, you snooze, you lose, right? Inside was Christmas T-shirts for the little ones, shoes, jewelry boxes, beach bags and lots of OTC supplies. Most of those clothes and bags will go to charity.
But diving IS a fringe lifestyle. Which leads me to the title of this article. Fringe lifestyle.
My family and my husband’s family are embarrassed by it. Before I met my husband I’d tell my family my tales. They would politely change the subject. My brother felt my life was in danger by diving, even though I had eyes in the back of my head when I went alone.
My family felt guilty that their single relative was living out of the trash can. It’s not something they can deal with. And now upon reflection, they feel guilty. Guilty they didn’t call me to see if I needed any help. I would have loved the help, but I would have never asked.
When I met my spouse and eventually he started diving with me, he didn’t flinch. It didn’t bother him at all. But his Mom was uneasy about it. A couple of times she’d ask if we were still dumpster diving. When my spouse told her yes and we give a lot of the food to the local food bank, she’d conveniently change the subject.
My family and my in-laws are embarrassed by what we do. They feel a sense of shame that their children, sister, brother, etc…is digging into the dumpster, finding trash, eating it, giving some away and stashing the rest for future preps.
They’re of the opinion that if we just vote all of the scumbags out of office or just pray all the time, we’ll be fine. It’s not that simple folks. It’s a far deeper problem than they want to admit. And maybe not fixable.
My husband and I are not embarrassed by what we do. Ever. That’s why I have this blog. To show my booty and to show others how it’s done. I love free stuff. I love helping and feeding the poor and I love my planet. I love it enough to keep unnecessary garbage out of it.