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March 20, 2014

I’m Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:49 pm

I’m finally back in the Appalachian mountains. I cannot tell you all how happy I am to be here. The city is not for me. Too busy, too much crime and too many impersonal people.

Ladies and gentleman, you do not want to be in the cities when things fall apart. You will be a dead man walking. I see and hear the seething hostility from people. As an empath, I pick up on it and have to cleanse myself constantly to wash it away.

Pickings in Florida had went downhill, we had competition. We encountered many a diver in Florida. Despite what the media tells you (and I’m on ground zero and in the trenches) it’s NOT getting better. The only times stores see a deluge in shoppers is when the food stamps are loaded or the social security checks come in, and then, dead zone.

One area we dove at always had tons of newer cars there at night. There is no way the employees at that retail establishment could afford those cars, no way. I finally figured it out, they lived across the street in the gated community and kept the cars in the parking lot to avoid the repo man.

My spouse sold his home in Florida where the neighborhood had seriously degraded. Lots of crime. I might have to change my name to country dumpster diver, but I’ll let the name stay.

I had my tablet with me for a few months and typing new posts on that were difficult at best, so I used twitter to tweet new finds.

After two days of packing and throwing things out, we were on the road for two days with a U-Haul, my car and my cat. She cried every day for a few hours, but finally calmed down. We stayed in a pet friendly room and she didn’t cry. She smelled the scent of other animals and felt comforted.

Two days of packing and two days of hard driving. I was so tired on both days I nodded off driving. I HAD to pull over and take a nap. Then a few hours later it was hotel time.

Three days of hard unpacking. My back locked up so bad I had to crawl in bed. I’m no spring chicken anymore, LOL. We finally hired three men from the local church we give food to. They happily came over, we paid them of course and they did a marvelous job. We will use them again for future work projects at home.

So now the goal is to fix up this country home, start eating healthy again, lose weight, get fit and exercise and live life. Buy food from local farmers, watch the birds on my bird feeder and be happy.

And oh, BTW, more diving is on the horizon. Once you’ve been bit by the dumpster diving bug, it never leaves you.



  1. Glad you are blogging again! Good to hear you are in the countryside now! That’s fascinating about the cars hiding from the repo man!

    Comment by mindweapon — March 20, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

  2. Glad you’re back! I’ve missed you!

    Comment by Rita Rabbit — March 20, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

  3. Don’t know about anyone else, but I’m sure glad you got out of there and into the land of sanity.
    I was quite concerned for you two.

    Comment by John Nutter — March 20, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

  4. Thank you three for the kind words. It’s very hard to blog with a 7 inch tablet. My goal when I came back to South Florida was to sell out and leave. I wanted no distractions and with my laptop, I knew I would get lazy and not be motivated to get moving.

    The cities are death traps. I see what is coming down the pike and it’s not pretty. I do believe in the power of positive thinking, the secret and affirmations, but I cannot deny reality. When you’re in the alleys and behind stores all the time like I am, you see things the average person will never see. As a diver I see and notice EVERYTHING now. Being a dumpster diver has given me street smarts similar to a homeless person.

    Going forward, as a prepper, survivalist and critical thinker, I believe going back to the land for self preservation is key.

    Our former neighborhood in South Florida had become untenable. Drugs, boom boom cars (which can and do signal criminal activity) were becoming a big problem. The number one reason people move is noise. Cities and large urban areas attract that type of mentality. I’m not of that mindset. I’m all about farming, environmentalism, clean food and helping others. It had actually become dangerous diving in Florida, that’s why we started daytime diving.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — March 20, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

  5. Welcome back friend, so happy to see you moving to the country. I agree, country living is much better for mental and physical health. Now that we have moved out of the city we are doing a lot better. I look forward to your posts. Feel free to share your new country life as well!

    Comment by Cheapchick — March 20, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

  6. So nice to hear from you again. Updating from a tablet is the pits I agree..wifi is nice but the typing on one is hard. Glad you got back home safe and sound and ready to live a better life. My friends go down Florida way in the wintertime and they live in a mobile home park full of SENIORS.. she told me it was the only safe place to stay.. hmm I wonder really. She told me the generation down there drive like crazy people. I say big city folks do too! I live in a small town with less than 10,000 now. I see changes here too. The dumpsters are being put inside gated spaces with locks on them. No DIVING posted on them. I heard the excuses that it keeps the places cleaner..no trash being spread around and the stray animals out. Maybe true I don’t know. Glad you are posting again!!

    Comment by CAROL — March 20, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

  7. Welcome back, I love your insights about the world around you. I look forward to reading many more of your posts!

    Comment by Anonymous — March 24, 2014 @ 12:04 am

  8. Glad you are back, have been checking the blog to see if you are back even tried commenting. I do hope you get back to dumpster diving real soon and keep writing about your finds as I find your ‘diving’ finds very interesting. I don’t dive myself but often look in bins to see if there are any good ‘finds.
    Regards Melinda

    Comment by Melinda — March 24, 2014 @ 7:07 am

  9. Happy you are back! Enjoyed the posts of a fellow diver.:)

    Comment by Erin — March 27, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

  10. Nice to see you’re back, UDD.

    Comment by Ryu — March 31, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

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