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Miscellania [Nov. 16th, 2006|08:15 am]
Zoethe
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- We saw "Over the Hedge" last night. Cute movie, and great social commentary, but I have to admit to being fairly sympathetic with the "evil homeowner's association president." I'd be pretty damned bent out of shape if my neighborhood looked like that, and while I have never resorted to poison I have been sorely tempted when the bunnies completely devoured my asters.

- I love the trash pickup in this town. You can throw away anything - couches, beds, I've even seen a piano on the tree lawn. But the best part is that throwing it away doesn't necessarily mean the garbage men must deal with it. Yesterday Josh and two friends came over and finally wrestled the dead treadmill out of our basement - three strapping teenage boys were barely able to do it - and onto the tree lawn.

This morning, it is gone.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2006-11-16 01:33 pm (UTC)
We had "big trash day" in Jersey when I lived there. It was one day out of the month where you would throw out large items (like couches, grills, dead bodies, etc.) and the county would pick it up without charging you extra.

Chances were pretty good that most of your "garbage" would be gone by the time you woke up in the morning, as people would drive around town scavenging things. For one person's trash is another person's treasure.

(sorry for the cliche'...it's still early, and my brain hasn't woken up yet)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, trash-picking is a regular sport around here.

I just feel back because the motor hood was off it and I forgot to throw it out there. I'd be happy if they had that, too!
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2006-11-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
My mother used to be one of those scavengers. Many, many years ago she grabbed some full garbage bags. She took them home and found them to be filled with some exquisite vintage clothing.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2006-11-16 01:57 pm (UTC)
Is there a craigslist in your town? I bet there is a freecyle (there is here). It's a good way to get rid of things, although yes you are right, most stuff left will get picked up by SOMEONE.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, but then you have to be around to answer phone calls, arrange the whole thing. I prefer to trust to providing someone with a lucky break.
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[User Picture]From: fujerica
2006-11-16 02:06 pm (UTC)
Ahh, yes, the curb exchange program *wink*
We have a fairly active curb exchange proram here as well. We put a cough out and it was gone in about 4 hours. All the baby stuff was gone in less than that (ie broken playpen, old carseat, etc). We even had some HYOOGE VCRs from back in the stone age (early '80s... the ancient past in tech terms) and they were gone prettty quick as well.

Not to mention we grabbed a perfectly well working,full size cabinet video game (Mr. Do) and three working dishwashers. And a working washer and dryer, and we're still using the dryer...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 02:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's some pretty good stuff. Ferrett will cry when he reads about the game cabinet....
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[User Picture]From: fujerica
2006-11-16 02:48 pm (UTC)
well it would help if I spelled stuff correctly.
We put a *couch* out for the curb exchange *program*, hehehe. Heavy ole' thing too, took three guys and 30 minutes. Gone in hours.

And yes, the video game was quite a find. And it worked just fine, it just needed a little love. It's sitting in my living room now, taunting me to try to move it without breaking an arm.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 03:27 pm (UTC)
I figured you meant couch. As the Queen of Typos (a small Geek iland), I never denigrate people for such things.
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[User Picture]From: zeostaryu
2006-11-16 04:25 pm (UTC)
I liked that movie. It made me laugh quite a bit. Especially during the time they gave the squirrel an energy drink. :)

But I live in an apartment complex. Anything you put in the dumpster area is plain out GONE by Tuesday. Much better than living in a house and things have to be by a certain specification.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do remember those days. Everything is a trade-off.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-11-16 07:23 pm (UTC)
In my old neighborhood, putting something on the lawn was equivalent to donating it to goodwill, without the having to drive to a drop-off location. When I moved out of my apartment, I put a LOT of things on the street that were just embarassingly old/worn/etc. They took everything.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 11:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly - I like that.
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[User Picture]From: katzinoire
2006-11-16 11:42 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's the garbage men or people out gathering stuff to fix??
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-16 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's definitely not garbage men. The garbage men would not have been here by then. And we've had it happen before.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-11-17 12:54 am (UTC)
We find it similiar here. We have put out all kinds of stuff and almost always see someone stop and take it. I haven't bought a couch at a furniture store since the one we got when we first married. Every time we've needed one, we found one curbside! We've also gotten chairs, tables, and bookcases! One summer I found a dresser for my daughter, and a few months later found a hutch top to go with it!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-17 01:11 am (UTC)
Amazing. I haven't been as lucky, but I haven't much been looking.
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[User Picture]From: cindyg
2006-11-19 03:26 pm (UTC)
::sighs enviously::

I wish the place where I lived had that kind of "curbside exchange" set-up. But apparently the place wants to think the neighborhood is much too posh for that.

So instead I donate everything to my favorite religious order, who literally take *everything* I can throw at them. I guess it helps that, being a vocational school, things will get cannibalized and re-purposed into more useful things.

^__^
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-11-19 11:30 pm (UTC)
It's great that you have somewhere to take stuff. That treadmill was too heavy for any of the charity pickup places around here!
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