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...because living for money is a horrible way to live
First Dumpster Diving Experience! 
19th-Mar-2006 10:27 am
I did it!
And boy, am I ever sore. What a grand way to stay fit and, most likely after a while, become pretty darn muscular!
Climbing those bad boys, jumping in and out, lifting heavy garbage... and my stomach muscles! From all that laughing!

Okay, so question:
There is a dumpster here with a sign (a rather official looking one, at that!) that says something along the lines of "Dumpsters chemically treated. Contents unfit for human consumption". We looked in anyway and found our best hit yet! Loaf upon loaf of bread - and muffins! So many muffins! They looked fine. And they were packaged and wrapped and such...
But - should I stay away from there? Or is it just a ploy? I mean, I remember in Evasion - the guy was talking about how sometimes the dumpster would say "Cardboard Only" but further investigation revealed the dumpster to be full of food! Non-cardboard food! So I'm just questioning how much I can trust those dumpster signs...
19th-Mar-2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
it's a disclaimer.. in case the food has bacteria and makes you ill. If it looks okay and it's not moving, or it's just a little past expiry date.. don't worry.
21st-Mar-2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer, huh?
I guess I just kind of have to take a chance. The bread looked okay, and it was not moving, not at all!
21st-Mar-2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
..and I'm sure it was okay. :)

I'd go for it!!!
20th-Mar-2006 01:14 am (UTC)
Guess you'll find out, won't you? ;) Don't worry, if you die, the dumpsterdiving community will remember you as a hero. ;D
21st-Mar-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, you always have those soothing, reassuring words that I long to hear:)
20th-Mar-2006 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh no! Maybe some bleach got tossed in there between loads (uh huh, as if they'd bother to do that every time), and you're going to die from cleaning product!

::imagines some guy hosing down the dumpster with pesticides at the end of each day::

I like bread a lot - because the minute a tiny bit of mold hits it, the whole bag of bread smells moldy, so it's easy to tell when it's still good. And just remember, "sell by" date comes long before the "grow mold by/edible before" date... ;-)

Congratulations! :D

(I'm currently 39% of the way through Evasion myself.)
21st-Mar-2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Sniff it! Duh! Why did I not think of that?!
Smart man..
I guess I let the fear grip me a little too tightly because I saw that blasted sign and I just kind of peaked in through squinty, cautious eyes... I was sure if I opened my eyes any larger than a squint, the chemicals would get me!

How do you like Evasion thus far?? I'm excited we are reading the same book!:)
21st-Mar-2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
It's entertaining - certainly captivating as I have every intention of finishing it (which is saying something, because I don't read books that often). However I think I enjoyed reading Spydr's journal a bit more. ;-)
23rd-Mar-2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Well I've finished it now, woo hoo! :)
26th-May-2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
evasion is fiction....
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