The First Hundred

...in the light of eternity. "Life's a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest." Wilson Mizner

Thursday, October 05, 2006

What's in Your Garbage?

On our morning jog today, we came across a full-sized billiard table that someone was throwing away. It was next to their trash dumpster in the alley behind their house. My first thought was, "How in the world are they going to get that into the garbage truck?" Here in Chicago you can throw away anything, and it magically disappears on trash day. I've seen full-sized sofas, windows and doors, piles of bricks... you name it, it's been thrown away. Just this morning during a 30 minute jog, (besides the billiard table) I spotted a computer, a toilet, a bathroom sink, a 6-foot tall/4-tier metal shelving unit, and a very large box labeled "Sleep Pants". That last item was intriguing; I wanted to go back and check out the picture on the side of the box, but PR was already several paces ahead of me, so I let it go. I'm still wondering, though...

6 Comments:

  • At 10/05/2006 10:21 PM, Blogger Aunt Jo said…

    shouldn't that be "I am still wandering?" haha (back to see what is in the box)

    You must remember to take your camera next time!! Can you jog and shoot at the same time??

     
  • At 10/06/2006 4:16 AM, Blogger John Cowart said…

    Ah, the joys of being a Dumpster Diver -- or, as the Bible terms it, a Gleaner.

    Were it not for the stuff other people threw away, our home would contain nothing but bare walls.

    Whole life-stories sometimes sit at the curb. Especially when the kids clear out Mon & Dad's house after the funeral or when some poor family has been evicted. Our trash reveals what we value.

     
  • At 10/06/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger uncle joe said…

    Next time you get a 30 minute head start and he can catch up to you.
    Also bring a long a nice large wagon you can put the cool stuff in..

     
  • At 10/06/2006 4:46 PM, Blogger Jim said…

    That's what we do around here with things too good to really through away. Put them on the curb the night before and they will be gone in the morning.
    I have a nice little iron grill work I got off a chair. I had to take chair and all, then discard the chair next garbage day.
    When we move here I gave away a John boat, trailer, lumber, and a lot of things by sitting them on the corner across from daughter, Susie's home.
    Yes, bring your wagon.
    ..

     
  • At 10/07/2006 1:56 PM, Blogger Badoozie said…

    your 5 minutes away from your exercise goal? am i seeing that correctly?

    as for all the junk it would be so tempting for a junk collector, living there...a digger person....wow....

    now then..i have not been here for awhile. since putting links back on my blog, i have been relying on that list, and low and behold, you are not on it, i'm not sure how THAT happened!! but i figured it out, and so there. i'm here. where was i?

     
  • At 10/08/2006 3:12 AM, Blogger audrey` said…

    Interesting jog =)

     

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