February 28, 2007
this weekend, our new roommate moved in, a hungarian girl named maria. last night, we took her dumpster diving for the first time.
the first place we stopped was accidental. we were looking for the food lion dumpster, but instead found one at a bakery. martin and moshe jumped in while maria and i stood outside to take what they handed us and put it in the car. the three of us roared with laughter and excitement as they extracted loaves of bread, rolls, biscuits, cakes, pies, tarts, muffins, and a fudge brownie cheesecake. maria, however, was baffled.
"but why? why is it in the dumpster? what is wrong?"
"but why do they throw it out?"
"because they can't make a profit off of it. and they're not going to give it away, or people would stop paying for it. so they throw it out."
she stood there, shaking her head. i picked up the still-wrapped loaves of sliced french bread that martin had just tossed on the ground and grinned. "welcome to america."
the next stop was trader joe's, where the dumpster gods were smiling on us. under a couple bags of actual garbage, i unearthed a trash bag full of cheese, spinach dip, couscous salad, and hummus. martin, on the other side, called out, "bananas! a whole bag!" they were barely ripe, complete with "organic!" stickers. a few minutes later he found the bottle of balsamic vinegar, with a small dent in the cap. then the jar of pitted kalamata olives. i hopped from foot to foot, giggling, when he pulled out the rosemary & salt focaccias. moshe took the ezekiel bread, vegan pad thai, and eco-friendly laundry detergent. maria wanted the frozen edamame.
after twenty minutes, we had to turn away while there was still perfectly good food in the dumpster, because there was no room left in the car. maria still didn't understand why so much perfectly good food would be thrown away. we just shrugged and said, "neither do we. but we do our part to make sure it doesn't go to waste."
February 26, 2007
February 4, 2007
i went contra dancing last night! it was amazing! i am so southern!
and i'm going to a really really free market today! i am so excited!
February 1, 2007
for those who asked, VISTA is Volunteers In Service To America, which is part of americorps. through which i am working for the next year.
but more importantly, they actually closed school for this much snow. i love north carolina. now i'm home in front of the fire.