Dumpster Diving Revisited

27 05 2008

As student leases end and the youngsters head home to mom and dad’s for the summer, dumpster diving season begins in earnest in Lawrence. Community-wide acceptance of this unique activity was brought home to me over the weekend while I was shopping for patio furniture.

As I looked around the store a very well-dressed and manicured woman started up a conversation about the various cushions and uphostery fabrics at hand. She went on to say that she was looking for a specific style of cushion to fit the lovely furniture she had recently rescued from its curbside wait for the trash truck. When she didn’t find what she was looking for, she left in a shiny new Lexus SUV.

Part of what I loved about this exchange was the fact that we were both clean, well-dressed middle aged women having a serious discussion about dumpster diving. Surely this can only happen in a hippie college town.

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28 05 2008
claesz

More true now than ever before: one woman gathers what another woman spills.

(Thanks to St. Stephen)

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