spanish pipedream

We’d taken a discount flight to Spain, which meant we’d landed at the discount airport. And discount airports always seem to be at least two hours away from the city they claim to be attached to. Barcelona my ass. Our thumbs got us to a traffic circle got us on a whiskey truck heading to […]

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this is a stick-up

While we’re on the subject of legality… When I hear the phrase “armed robbery,” I imagine a group of masked bandits shouting their way out of bank with a bag full of bills in one hand and a semi-automatic rifle in the other. When I hear that someone has been convicted of armed robbery, I […]

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legality in a dumpster

Kid in dumpster with mountain of food. Head of broccoli demands, “What are you doing in here?” Kid counters, “What are YOU doing in here?” Burdens lift and scarcity is averted when the mountains of trash produced by this insane society become supplies and sustenance. Everything that sucks about capitalism is inverted when the dumpster […]

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dumpster find of the week: trash bikes

This week’s dumpster find of the week is from a British fellow who works as an X-ray tech by day, but says that his true calling is “shade tree engineer.” His dumpster find comes from the trash of Virginia: Here’s what he said about the picture: “Intrigued by your post about the tall bike, I […]

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of oranges in a dumpster

Our latest adventure led us to oranges. Bag after bag after bag after bag. Sure, each one had one or two moldy little orbs. But each bag also had ten in the perfect condition to fill our mouths with vitamin C and cover our chins in juice. I was slitting open net bags and separating […]

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recycling for the apocalypse: bike wheel chandelier

This is sort of weird and personal, but here goes: it gives me a rush to see commercial bric-a-brac in a down and dirty survival context. For example, when I see cardboard shacks in the Mexican colonias, I always feel a little rush when I see the word “Pringles,” or “THIS SIDE UP,” or “IBM.” […]

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goodbye lazy dumpster

I have to admit it: I haven’t been dumpster diving for food in a long time. Winter showed up and signaled the end of my bike riding season. (I need a bike for hauling stuff with mountain bike tires. My tiny racing bike wheels suck on snow and ice.) Cold weather meant fewer folks willing […]

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bring on the heat

I wrap cold fingers around a hot cup of tea in an attempt to convince myself that I don’t really need to light the wood stove in the kitchen. The weather has been warm for too long; I no longer regard the return of the cold with joyful acceptance, but weariness and a mild dread […]

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dumpster find of the week: wooden wine crates

One of my favorite things to find in the trash—and lucky for me I find them there quite often—are old wooden wine crates. Sturdy and pretty in that rustic country living sort of way that I like so much, wooden wine crates are one of those things that I find so versatile and useful that […]

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recycling for the apocalypse: sheds

The identity of an object is malleable.  When we throw an item away because it has outlived it’s function, we are often sending resources to an early death out of a lack of creativity—or sometimes because of a lack of space in which we can store old objects for the time when the form of […]

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