CONTRIBUTED BY MEREDITH NOVARIO
A couple episodes ago Sara suggested a Dozo Box as a way to get rid of big trash when you live off-base. A way to get rid of it without paying that is. A stroke of brilliance so bright and shiny that I went ahead and proper noun-ed the idea.
Behold my Dozo Box. Today’s box is less about big gomi and more about social experimentation. Will people in my neighborhood take my toss-aways? Furthermore what will they take and what will they leave behind? Please know that if I had the savvy I would rig up a video camera so we could watch the show. Instead I have included the contents of the box for your voyeuristic pleasure.
Dozo Box: May 6th 2008
- 2 wooden puzzles for children (a famous arc & a famous Elmo)
- 4 pieces of commissary tupperware (please tell me you also have 18 mismatched pieces stuffed hither and yon)
- 1 bin of tiny legos that I step on and use bad words that sometimes get repeated in the grocery store
- 1 rubber placemat for kids to eat with in restaurants that I never used because we don’t go out to eat often and you all have better dining experiences as a result of our choice.
- 1 sun hat Eli wore when he was six months old. Maybe I should go salvage that.
- 1 pair of orange Crocs from my mother. I love you, Mom! Just not the Crocs.
- 1 kitchen timer I got from TJ Maxx for five dollars and have hated for three years.
- 1 fandangled belt that I bought when I was child-less and lived in Tokyo and had the five minutes it took to undo it.
- 9 pieces of children’s clothing with name brands that may or may not mean something to the people that dare to rummage through the box.
- 2 children’s books I cannot bare to read one more time ever.
- 1 unopened bag of wooden clothespins that I bought because I was going to hang out my clothes instead of using the dryer.
Any wagers on what will get will get taken and what will be left behind?
In other earth-shattering news…
- Did you know that you can arrange your Express and Household Goods shipment without your plane tickets in hand? I was told I couldn’t but when I called TMO they told me this policy had changed for the time being. I just have to go through an hour and a half meeting to get it done.
- I’ve bagged my plans to send Maltsby home with someone else. I was under the impression that animals got left behind depending on the weather of a given day. Not sure that’s actually true. I spoke to a very knowledgeable woman who is determined to see us all go home with our animals. I’ll tell you more about Mary later. She’s a wealth of information on animals and this island!
- Tomorrow the kiddos finally go back to school. I am looking forward to a few solid hours without anyone pulling, poking, jabbing or choking me. Call me selfish.
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