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    Recycle, reuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    My Nutritionist has a client whose husband works at the local Sewage Treatment Plant.....The most common object in the inflow screens are Centrum Silver Tablets....No Shit! (seriously, its true)
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    My Dad and Mom have decided to move to a senior center next summer. Good for them.

    My father recently wrote a 30+ page semi-fictional piece imagining, starting with his great-grandfather leaving the slums of Manchester, UK, how his parents met. Pretty good, actually.
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    (Hopefully this link is outside the paywall)

    I have a couple of these boxes and an electronic device graveyard.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/admit-i...in-11578590154
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    It isn't.

    And we all do. The graveyard of gadgets is, as I read somebody else describe it, a kind of "fossil record of technology." Old phones, old remotes, old recorders, old stereo equipment, old computers, old software.

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    I have a couple of junk drawers I'm trying to have designated as World Heritage sites.
    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    My Mom's culling the herd-

    Mom: "Do you want this?"
    Me: "No."

    (Next time I'm over)-

    Mom: "This box of stuff is for you."
    "If you want to see the true nature of humanity, just look at the internet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    My Mom's culling the herd-

    Mom: "Do you want this?"
    Me: "No."

    (Next time I'm over)-

    Mom: "This box of stuff is for you."
    Meaning:

    She took the box to Goodwill and they wouldn't take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Meaning:

    She took the box to Goodwill and they wouldn't take it.
    Not her. She'll donate it to religious non-profits, but not Goodwill, because they sell it instead of giving it away.

    The Goodwills around here let you stealth drop off too. It would be way too convenient, so we can't do that.

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    I have two boxes of chipped dimestore glassware that Ma ordered me to take! The minute I toss it, her Ma ESP will cause her to ask to see her 60’a cheap-assed punch bowl! Those boxes will make it to the dumpster before the Funeral Home receives her remains some day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Meaning:

    She took the box to Goodwill and they wouldn't take it.
    I have a Goodwill room of stuff I buy there. Everything is priced by the pound except shoes, they are $3 a pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    (Hopefully this link is outside the paywall)

    I have a couple of these boxes and an electronic device graveyard.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/admit-i...in-11578590154
    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    It isn't.

    And we all do. The graveyard of gadgets is, as I read somebody else describe it, a kind of "fossil record of technology." Old phones, old remotes, old recorders, old stereo equipment, old computers, old software.
    My uncle worked in then owned a TV repair shop most of his working life. When he retired, he ended up with a garage full of old TVs of no use to anyone. The state of California only allows the disposal of a few TVs a year. So he's still working on getting rid of them, about 2 decades after he retired. Meanwhile, the cost of disposing of CRT TVs is going up each year.
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    A pet peeve of mine is people dumping their useless junk on charities, like Goodwill. Not only is one not actually giving them anything, one is stealing from them what one would otherwise have to pay to have the junk properly disposed of. A non-profit I used to work for had to shut down their thrift store for this very reason. It turned into a money losing proposition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    A pet peeve of mine is people dumping their useless junk on charities, like Goodwill. Not only is one not actually giving them anything, one is stealing from them what one would otherwise have to pay to have the junk properly disposed of. A non-profit I used to work for had to shut down their thrift store for this very reason. It turned into a money losing proposition.
    There is a local guy here that is asking people to help fill a shipping container with stuff to send to Zambia.
    Chances are good that Zambians really don't need the stuff, and it messes with their economy to dump "free stuff from America".
    Perhaps he started out with a house clearing project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll
    There is a local guy here that is asking people to help fill a shipping container with stuff to send to Zambia.
    Chances are good that Zambians really don't need the stuff, and it messes with their economy to dump "free stuff from America".
    To say nothing of the fact that it's probably racist.

    I'm not sure about Zambia specifically, but many third world nations leapfrogged the west in wireless communications because they had no outdated infrastructure to overcome, and they actually have faster speeds and better infrastructure than we do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    I have two boxes of chipped dimestore glassware that Ma ordered me to take! The minute I toss it, her Ma ESP will cause her to ask to see her 60’a cheap-assed punch bowl! Those boxes will make it to the dumpster before the Funeral Home receives her remains some day!
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    I think Garyhead's mother and my mother were separated at birth....

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    Mom had one of those things you dip your fingers in to make them younger, or whatever it's supposed to do. Sat in the cabinet above the tub for maybe thirty years unused. So I tossed it.

    A couple of months later she pulls the step stool in there searching for it. Asks me where it's at. I claim ignorance.

    How she even remembered it was in there baffled me. It had been hidden for years under some blankets when I tossed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLoony View Post
    Mom had one of those things you dip your fingers in to make them younger, or whatever it's supposed to do. Sat in the cabinet above the tub for maybe thirty years unused. So I tossed it.

    A couple of months later she pulls the step stool in there searching for it. Asks me where it's at. I claim ignorance.

    How she even remembered it was in there baffled me. It had been hidden for years under some blankets when I tossed it.
    That's where she hid the stack-of-Benjamin's! (slang for $100.00 bills for youse non-American's)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    To say nothing of the fact that it's probably racist.

    I'm not sure about Zambia specifically, but many third world nations leapfrogged the west in wireless communications because they had no outdated infrastructure to overcome, and they actually have faster speeds and better infrastructure than we do.
    Most financial transactions in sub-Saharan Africa are done by cell phone, even by those who can only afford old flip-phones. Most there don't have access to banks, let alone credit or debit cards.
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