Archive for May, 2009

This blog is about Freecycle.  It is about my experiences with Freecycle, of which I’ve been a member since 2006.   I sort of take it for granted that everyone knows what Freecycle is all about but in the case that you have been living under a rock and do not know…here is their blurb.

 Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,755 groups with 6,774,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free.

 Well let me just state for the record, I LOVE Freecycle.  I am a Freecycle addict.  I have their posts feed straight into my Outlook at home and on my Blackberry which is with me at all times.  I view about 100 messages a day…easily.  And I love every minute of it. 

Love getting free stuff.  Love getting rid of my junk.    Do those two phrases cancel each other out?  Probably.  I celebrate each victory equally although my de-cluttering agenda is foiled every time I respond to an offer, scoop up my kids and rush to someone else’s porch like a kid at Christmas. 

The phrase “One man’s trash is another’s treasure” has never rung so true.  I mean, I have put out some busted, broken crap on there and there is always someone coming up the stairs to my porch to pick it up.  I am amazed.  But I am also amazed at my need for a fix.  I’m like one of those guys at the beach with a metal detector.


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I’m exploring soapmaking with the excess glycerin from biodiesel production. I’d prefer some with the methanol removed already.

I anticipate making laundry and dish soap, engine cleaner, and the like – probably not suitable for skin.

Will share the fruits of my labor when I achieve success!

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I am planning a snorkeling trip and I was hoping someone has a life vest or jacket that I can use to make sure I do not drown. I’m not sure what they are called but they look like a vest with small flat flotation pads in them. I know kayakers or river rafters wear them. I’ve also seen plastic blow up types too. If anyone has any I’d appreciate it. I’m a mid sized guy. Thanks!


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