Anyone Else Dumpster Shop?

Am I the only one that likes ‘dumpster shopping’? (Dumpster diving sounds so uncouth.)

Jan thinks it’s hilarious (and a little strange) that I always look in the dumpster before I throw our trash bag in. You would be surprised what I find in there.

I’m still wearing a pair of Crocs that I found in a dumpster in Fairbanks, AK. They still had the tags on them. I also once found a beautiful 7-1/2 artificial Christmas tree complete with lights and still in the box. My mother used it for several years before she died. (Of course, I never told her where I got it.)

I’ve noticed I especially find good stuff in RV Park dumpsters. It seems like when an RV’er is tired on carry something around that he doesn’t need anymore, and he can’t find anyone who wants it, he just dumps perfectly good stuff. I’ve found good extension cords, computer cables, a box of DVD blanks, and a brand-new water hose still wrapped in plastic.

So the next time you’re dumping the trash, stick your head in there first. You might be surprised what you find.

Today started out when we left the coach about 10:30am for lunch at our new favorite, the Texas Tea Room. They have really great soup and sandwiches, and a special treat, saltine crackers that have been prepared and marinated like Chex Mix. Hmmm Good!

Next it was off to Wal-Mart for what seems like one of our almost daily trips there.

Then, despite Jan mentally trying to slow down the passage of time, we drove over to the Medical Center area for her 1pm dental appointment. Poor thing!

While Jan was undergoing dental torture (her words) I ran errands, first stopping at Home Depot, looking for some new water hose quick disconnects.

Then it was on to Sam’s Club for Kitty Litter and Joint Juice. They were out of Joint Juice, but I did pick up a bouquet of flowers for Jan.

Next, since I was in the area I drove over to Brandi’s to check the mail.

By this time, it was time to head back to the dentist office to pick up Jan. She said it wasn’t too bad and so we headed home.

Now if we’re lucky, we’ll catch another cancellation and get to leave by our original scheduled date of Feb 6th. Fingers crossed!

Nick Russell called about 4:30 so we could coordinate our visit to Livingston tomorrow to touch bases with them.

A little before we headed over to Monterey’s Little Mexico for some Chicken Tortilla Soup. Jan’s mouth was still a little sore, so she decided soup was just the thing to hit the spot.

Our daughter Brandi while we were eating to catch Jan up on Landon’s recent antics. He’s apparently a real favorite at the daycare and they get upset when Lowell comes by to pick him up early. They don’t won’t to let him go.

I mean, how could you not love a face like this?

Landon at Garden Ridge 2

Coming home, Jan wanted to stop at DQ for a hot fudge sundae to sooth her sore mouth. At least that was her story, and she was sticking to it.

Yesterday Nick Russell was complaining about how cold it was up in Livingston. I warned him before he came this way it wasn’t much warmer than Florida, but he just wouldn’t listen.

Of course it could be worse. Right now it’s –40 and snowing in Fairbanks, AK, and in Elkhart, IN where we both spend a month or so every fall, it’s 3, that’s right, 3 degrees and snowing.

That 26 degrees in Livingston doesn’t sound so bad now, huh, Nick?

That’s it for today. Tomorrow it’s Road Trip time.


Thought for the Day:

“If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem!”


6 Responses

  1. I thought those donuts you gave me had a funny taste to them!

  2. Hey,

    Day-old, week-old, or hazardous waste, it’s all the same, right.

  3. I used to “dumpster shop” whenever I was throwing out the garbage in the city and found some great stuff. Curtains, lots of stuff with tags still on, even electrical stuff like a television. Crazy people. I actually know one person who decorated most of her house with stuff others threw out. LOL

  4. Howdy Greg,
    We ‘shop’ @ Elm St.produce, here in our hometown.
    Bakery goods, all types of fruits & vegetables, even meats in cold weather, lighted&ornamented Christmas trees, furniture, about $500 worth of Nutri Systems Products..and other stuff…
    We have never found anything as cute as Landon, though!!!! He needs to come see the miniatures at
    the RunningStar Ranch.. COME ON BY!!!

  5. Glad I’m not the only one that’s afflicted with this ‘disease’.

    Thanks for reading our blog.

    Greg and Jan White

  6. […] park dumpster to drop off some garbage and do a little shopping while we were there. You remember Dumpster Shopping, don’t […]

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