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Friday, August 25, 2006

Couches on Kester

Yesterday I was very lucky to record a very rare specimen, the red Guatamalan sleep-e-z. Known to inhabit mainly intersections in Van Nuys, it blends in to its surroundings waiting for next tired day worker returning home with a pocketful of hard earned (tax free) cash. Yesterday this particular couch ate 4 people. Already today it appears as though this couch has moved on to another Valley neighborhood, but next summer it will brave the heat and migrate back to Van Nuys for another feeding season as it and other couches like it have been doing for thousands of years.


  • An obvious re-use opportunity. No need to raid Ikea to furnish the new digs. Just tie an uttanded lounge onto the roof of the rice-burner for the trip north.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 28, 2006  

  • Here in Leipzig it's the Polish who load up vans with stuff that Germans don't want anymore. It doen't sit on the sidewalk for more than 5 minutes before they swarm.

    By Blogger Warren du Plooy, at August 29, 2006  

  • Steve's neighbor, Paul, usually snags anything left in the Balcaen's dumpster within the hour. And sometimes leaves it in Steve's house. Well, just once.

    By Anonymous chris, at August 29, 2006  

  • Paul also monitors my trash out-put. For instance, once when I placed a box of old tiles on the curb for pick-up he banged on my door five minutes later and lambasted me for tossing good tiles. I told him he could have them but he said he didn't want them...curious!?

    By Blogger Steve & Gillian, at August 30, 2006  

  • Steve you tile-wasting tile waster. Any lambasting you deserved.

    By Blogger Gareth, at August 30, 2006  

  • Ah, you've discovered the Los Angeles Recycling Programme.

    Put stuff out there with a sign that says "GRATIS" or "BASURA" and it'll be gone within a day. If it's not, it's beyond crappy, and you just leave it there until somebody gets pissed off and calls 3-1-1.

    By Anonymous Dave the Ubergeek, at September 26, 2006  

  • Related is the Los Angeles Homeless Employment System, in which residential buildings with four or fewer units have to put their recyclables in eye-catching blue bins. This is so that the neighborhood bums can harvest raw material from them, in order to have something more useful to do than holding up a sign while standing at the end of a freeway offramp.

    By Blogger Peter McFerrin, at October 13, 2006  

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