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Do Not Play In Or Around…Just Get In And Get Down.

By • Aug 15th, 2000 • Category: DIY

Everyone from punks to grandmas have done it for years. Isn’t it about time you jumped in? For some of us, it’s a hobby. For others, a way of life. Regardless, it’s a great way to score some free crap.

In fact, I have a really nice laser printer that I scored behind an office building downtown. (Actually, it just gave up, but I got about a year’s use out of it before it died.) My record collection gets a shot in the arm every now and then from some poor sucka that decides they don’t like Dweezil Zappa or Weird Al any more. :^)

A lot of my cohorts make a pasttime out of diving and freak me out occasionally with some of the things they fish out of the trash. I’ve been told of finding everything from computer monitors—computers, for that matter—to a load of 3000 blank cassette tapes. The point; if you want it, chances are, someone’s thrown it away.

Last month, I bumped into Jeremy (a story in himself) who proceeded to tell me the story of the moped he found in the trash that day. (I’m still trying to get a picture to toss up here.) An old lime green Honda, I believe.
Shelly, another Dumpstar, has furnished her apt. and acquired a good deal of her wardrobe this way. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many dice she’s accumulated, but she’s easily in the hundreds by now. A weird-ass collection, but when things are free…
It’s a little off the subject, so I’ll save it for another time…but Jim has a collection of dentures that’s bound to make an appearance at braintoast.

There’s a load of people talking about this stuff all over the web. Take a peek at some of the sites below. There’s also some info below for getting a copy of a cool ‘zine that’s dedicated to the subject.

Use CAUTION:
Hospitals, University Biochemistry/Microbiology departments, medical clinics, dentists, pathology labs, industrial chemists, electroplaters, glassblowers, and other places one might expect to find nasties, have a higher risk than most dumpsters due to biohazards, needlestick potential, chemical toxins, sharps, and other dangers. If you feel you must approach such dumpsters, use thick gloves, a stick and extreme caution. In the end, the RESPONSIBLILTY IS YOURS. We’re not responsible if you get hep B from an old syringe, get cuts that don’t heal due to laceration by broken fluorescent tubes, get crushed fingers from dropping a steel dumpster lid on your hand, get electrocution from plugging yourself into a main, get brain damage from watching the channel nine news, or anything else.
In short, don’t be a dumbass.

is a post-hardcore rock'n'roller, graphic designer, amateur chef, typography nerd, coffee connoisseur, radio guy, motorcyclist, skateboard commuter, and a reluctant adult. He lives in Portland's Old Town area with the lovely Dr. Adrienne and Rocco the Dog.
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