Archive for the 'The Scheme' Category



20
Jan
17

guess i’m the bookstore now

If you have been reading along, you know that I recently wrote an anthropology paper about dumpster diving and, as part of my research, did some myself. Although there was not time before the paper was due to investigate the selling things on eBay side of the activity, I posted two things I’d found a few days ago so as to help fund CPI’s further education. This morning, I got an acceptable offer on one of the items I had listed, a textbook. The buyer paid almost immediately and the package goes out tomorrow. After subtracting all fees, I netted $20.87. This will get CPI at least half of a book.~~TSG

19
Jan
17

book exchange

Today, I sold the textbook from the Cultural Anthropology class I took last semester to a student currently taking the class. I had e-mailed the professor letting him know I was willing to sell the book for $30, which is more than the bookstore would give me to turn it in but much less than the $79 they want for it in used condition. So, I have money to put towards one of CPI’s textbooks and the buyer got a bargain on a needed textbook. I love it when everyone wins!

In various machines and on the ground, I found a total of $.57 in change. I also found a square silver/mother of pearl ring on a ledge in the bathroom. I will leave a note on the mirror tomorrow asking anyone who left a ring there to call my office phone number. I hope to return it to the owner. If, after a month, no one comes for it; I will probably either sell it or give it as a gift since it is not my style.~~TSG

18
Jan
17

one word at a time

Today was the first day of the Spring 2017 semester. I found $.21 in change today, but not on my walk. I found it on various trips to the bathroom or the cafeteria. I also found $.02 while cleaning the garage this weekend. More words in the textbook.~~TSG

14
Jan
17

out in the wash

This morning, I found $.62 in the washing machine. Since neither of the guys carry change and my pants weren’t in this load, I can only assume that it came from something I found in my scheming and washed before donating to charity. More words in the book.~~TSG

12
Jan
17

finally registered

CPI has now registered for his classes. I guess I can use the three pennies I found today to buy another word out of that textbook I was talking about yesterday. Maybe a “the”, since it is less than the dime. At a cent a letter, maybe the dime could get an “everything”.~~TSG

11
Jan
17

wonder what this dime just cost me

While walking with CPI across the Texas A&M campus, I found a dime. Considering the cost of schooling, it seems an awfully expensive way to obtain ten cents. Well, maybe I could buy one word out of a textbook for him.~~TSG

07
Jan
17

first friday

Found another penny today in the same general place I found yesterday’s, the area where students line up who want to see an adviser. I’m guessing they get dropped when people go into their pockets or purses to get out their picture ids.

I also dropped by my Friday dumpsters. Looks like someone updated their computer systems; lots of routers, circuit boards, etc. CPI likes the ATI card I found. It is an older one from 2009, but looks to be still good. We’ll have to test it out. Most of the things will be parted-out for scrap. However, the new-in-the-box Bunn coffee maker just missing the carafe will be staying here if it works. Carafes are really easy to find at resale shops.~~TSG

06
Jan
17

back to work

Today, the full-time workers returned to the college from winter break. We were packed. I found a penny on the floor, though.~~TSG

03
Jan
17

a little bit closer

Went out today with FMP since it was his normal day off. Found $.10 in the parking lot of the mall. Not a lot, but every bit gets us closer to our goals. We were going to take some things to the scrap yard, but a recent thunderstorm has left things a bit muddy around here.~~TSG

02
Jan
17

the scheme continues: 2017

Believing it is best to begin as one means to go on, I went dumpster diving today to places I would normally have visited Friday on my way home from work. The college is out until January 5th, so I am not keeping my usual schedule. At one of my stops, I found $.50 on the ground. Looks like a good start for The Scheme 2017.~~TSG