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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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[MOSTLY] WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - THE GOOD WITH THE BAD

Some quick blurbs tonight. I just got home from seeing Urinetown with a friend and it was a great play [musical]. Hopefully we can try to figure out how to write up some sort of review. I think it would be fun to do. Until then I'm just going to share a few photos.

The Good

This was taken after the highway roadside clean up volunteering session a few weeks ago. Like I mentioned earlier, it was a great time. I'm in the very back left of the photo. You can’t really see it, but I’m holding up a hand-crafted poker I designed from “raw” materials found on the side of the road. Everyone was quite impressed with it. There was a stability issue causing it to malfunction at its job, but my friend is planning to weld it for me so I can use it the next time we are out cleaning the mean streets of debris!

The Bad

My friend Cadence over at The Cadence Journey let me use this picture tonight, and I thank her for that. This is a picture of inside a dumpster just outside a Half Price Books. It saddens me to see so many creations just tossed. I hope they were offered for free to customers, or anyone really, before they hit that stage of “death”. I suppose they have to go somewhere, though, to make room for the next big thing.

Once I can get a picture of my creation I shall share it. Do you think the dumpster books were offered to people before they were thrown out? Does it kind of kill a small piece of your soul, regardless? Sad Panda.

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  1. Such a shame to see books thrown away. I usually give old books to charity shops. They also have a scheme here where you can leave books in train stations for people to take - they're supposed to leave £1 in an honesty box to pay for the book and the money goes to charity. Much better than just throwing them away.
    Your poker sounds brilliant. Can't wait to see what it looks like. :-)

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    1. Hey Kirsten! *hug* It is a shame :-( I'd like to think they at least offered them up for a while before reaching that point. That sounds like a cool program they have over there. Here I believe we have some sort of book sharing program with locations you can just leave books in and people borrow/read and then drop off at one of the locations. I think they even look like little mailboxes.

      I can't wait to get it back! I found a strut rod doohickey, and then a fork. Then some odd rubber piece (also from a car, maybe a hanger?) which I fit the strut into. Then we found a dust mask my friend thought I was going to put on >.< but I broke off the bands and we used them to tie the fork to the end of the strut. It kept sliding when attempting to poke things, though, hence the welding! It shall be marvelous!

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  2. OUCH! Soul killed, and not a small piece either!

    This crass consumerism that involves pulping books and making way for the next Big Thing is disgusting. I hope they were offered free (dumpster diving ok where you are or would you be prosecuted?)

    I only hope they recycle them rather than sending them to landfill. Grrr!

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    1. Yeah, I think I recall you said you got some from Half Price Books for free? That is awesome, so I'm hoping there was that opportunity here. I want that Leonardo da Vinci book!

      I'm uncertain about dumpster diving, but for some reason I am thinking it's illegal (Hmm... says generally legal as long as not private? Determined locally). I am a tad surprised, though, that my friend didn't just jump right in to save ALL the words!

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  3. Finally, the photo proof that you were out volunteering. :) So glad you did it.

    Oh, that book photo hurts. I can't imagine that they offered them for free. I can't remember if Half Price has a clearance section to at least offer them at a really low price before the dumpster of death. Normally, I thought when book stores threw books away, they tore the front cover off first. Has that practice gone by the wayside?

    Glad to see you putting photos on the ol' blog. I was quite surprised to see you doing a Wordless Wednesday post!

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    1. Pics or it didn't happen, right?! That's what I'm talking about ;-)

      Hmm... well, I'm hoping the offered them for free, but it's very possible they hadn't. Never knew about the cover removal, but they clearly didn't at this specific location if it's still in practice.

      I wanted to do this last weekend with just the volunteering photo, but I can't recall why I hadn't. Naturally, I slid this sucker in just under the buzzer! Like 30 seconds to Midnight per usual!

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  4. Hey Jak! Whereas I may or may not have been inside that (Recycling) dumpster liberating books, it is frowned upon, and the cops will be called if someone sees you. The dumpster for garbage is full of VHS. For some reason that doesn't make me quite as sad, though! ;)

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    1. It's a shame it's frowned upon :( Maybe next time more can be saved! I agree about the VHS lol

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  5. I would love to have the kind of space that I could provide a good home for all the unwanted books. Throwing a book away goes against every instinct I have. The last time I asked for another bookshelf for Christmas, I received a Kindle instead. Yes, its convenient, but I miss seeing my shelves fill up as I read each book. I feel they are display cases and not just storage.

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    1. Right, I don't know why, but I didn't really think about the eReader factor. There will always be people who prefer owning actual books, but those numbers may dwindle more and more extensively as time goes by.

      I have all those free books I just received and I've no idea where the bloody hell I plan on putting them. My bookshelf is already full and I don't have room to buy another :-(

      You can still buy an actual book now and again, especially if it's one you like a lot that you've first read on the Kindle.

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    2. I have a few tote bags and a couple boxes full of books in front of my shelves because there's no more room. Each shelf is double rowed from the back of the shelf to the edge with more stuffed in above the rows of each shelf. And I have three sets of 6.5'x5' units, plus two single 6' units. All packed full with Jenga-like stacks on the top rows to the ceiling. Books are like an addiction with me, the more I buy, the more I want to buy. The e-reader was actually a wise choice, otherwise, I'd be selling off furniture to make more wall space for shelves.

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  6. Jak yo.

    (Word on the street you're looking for me (and Kristi and Dyanne and Lizzie*)...

    Hey, after Lizzie's ...er unfortunate affair with the powers behind blogger and 'the google' maybe you better leave a Comment. just see if they a probelm, ya know?

    I got 'the twitter too, of course but I really suck at the haiku... and Kristi keeps bustin my balls on how I don't seem to understand the... rather public nature of the forum... anyway. don't tell her I said anything!



    *aka the cool crowd

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