True story: dumpster diving

True story: dumpster diving

 

I’ve told you guys, that I don’t drink anymore, but that doesn’t mean everything I do is sane. Here’s what happened several months ago.

 

A friend was moving, and asked if I could gather some boxes for her. I said, “Sure.” So while Matt and I were running errands, we also hunted for boxes. Most of you might know, that liquor store dumpsters can be full of boxes.

 

Matt paid his phone bill, then we went across the street, so I could look in the Holiday Liquor’s dumpster. Luckily I found a slightly broken chair, that I could use. After I set the chair in front of the dumpster and stepped on it, I was able to reach one box. I tossed it outside, then looked for more. It was a veritable gold mine of boxes.

 

I decided to climb in and help my self. After throwing twenty or so outside, I turned to climb out and realized I made a mistake. I stood shoulder high to the top edge of the opening, wondering how to get out. Ten or twenty years ago, I would have easily been able to get out.

 

Matt sat in the car with a big smile on his face. He laughed and laughed, but didn’t get out to help. To be perfectly honest, he probably couldn’t do much anyway, since he’s eighty-eight years old. I’m just glad he didn’t take any pictures.

 

I turned around and started to gather bags of trash and stacked them in the corner near the chair. Every two bags or so, I stood on them to pack them down.

 

As luck would have it, a friend was in the liquor store. He also doesn’t drink, so as he was walking out, he said, “Jim, I swear I’m not drinking, I’m playing Keno. I SWEAR!”

 

I said, “Hey buddy. How ya doin’?”

 

“Fine, but how are you? What are you doing in there?”

 

I pointed to the boxes and replied, “I’m helping a friend move.”

 

We stood there and talked for thirty seconds or so, when he mentioned, “A friend at the next table yelled, there’s a guy in the dumpster. I came over to look and said, I know him.” So I came out to see if I can help.

 

I then continued to pile bags of trash in the corner, till it was high enough to climb out. Although, I still needed help to steady myself on his shoulder.

 

Nice to have friends scattered through out town to help, when needed.

 

Later, at Starbucks, when I told the story, another friend laughed saying, “I’ll bet, in all your years drinking, that never happened to you.” I thought, how true that statement was.

 

Happy customers 11

Happy customers 11

 

I believe I told you guys, that I sold sixteen of my books, Twilight to Son Shine, at the Charles County Arts Fest, on the tenth of June. It was held on the grounds of the Town Hall in La Plata. MD, which is the county seat. Three of the following photos are from that day and the last one was at a doctors office earlier that week.

 

I saw County Commissioner Ken Robinson of Charles County walking across the parking lot that day. He looked busy, but he took the time to stop by my table and listen to my spiel. We chatted for a bit about everything and nothing. Before he left, he bought my book and posed for a picture.

 

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Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson and I, at Charles County Arts Fest in La Plata, MD on June 10, 2017.

 

I had the pleasure of meeting President County Commissioner Peter Murphy, while he was eating a sub on the steps of Town Hall. Being the uncouth person that I am, I disturbed his lunch. Actually, I think he finished shortly before I introduced myself. I gave him my spiel and he bought my book without hesitation.

 

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President of the Charles County Commissioners Peter Murphy and I, at Charles County Arts Fest in La Plata, MD on June 10, 2017.

 

Afterwards, we chatted about his background as a teacher and my background as a carpenter. At some point he asked me, “What made you decide to become a writer?”

 

I replied with, “I couldn’t work as a carpenter anymore, because I got sick with COPD. After losing my job, home and my will to live, I turned to a friend who guided me to help. With the depression somewhat in check, I found a way to go to CSM (College of Southern Maryland) and take courses to become a writer. Now, I write about my feelings and past indiscretions as a form of therapy.”

 

“Job well done….” He said. Shortly after that we parted ways, but I saw him later that evening at an event for ‘Christmas in April’. He told me, “I read your book.”

 

“Already! All of it? What do you think?”

 

“I enjoyed it very much. I feel I know you a little better now.”

 

“Thank you….”

 

Laurie and Lori stopped by, when they noticed me at my table. We chatted about friends, life and of course my book. I like it when I can stand between two pretty women. They also walked a way with a book. It was a good day.

 

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Laurie, me and Lori at Charles County Arts Fest in La Plata, MD on June 10, 2017.

 

I met Patty, while she was taking my blood. Having blood sucking vampires in my life is commonplace as of late. My normal practice is to look away and talk while they’re sticking the needle in my arm. With Patty, I talked about my book. She said, “ I want one.” so I fronted her a book and came back the next day to get the money. She gave me this ticket redeemable for ten dollars then asked me, “Do you have another one? Because Debbie wants one.”

 

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Patty and I at the Old Line Center in Waldorf, MD., after she took my blood.

 

So I went outside and returned with another book, then left with a big smile on my face. I had a picture taken of Debbie and I, but I can’t find it. Sorry.

 

Thank you everyone, for buying my book.

Your three words, my little story: Tammy’s words

Tammy’s words: sunshine, dogs & love

 

The sun hardly showed it’s shine yesterday, but today the weatherman’s report was, “Sunny and dry most of the day, but a slight chance of showers after seven this evening.”

 

That meant Tammy didn’t have to carry her umbrella while walking her dog this morning. She’s always been in LOVE with Tucker, and now she loved his weather report too.

 

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Me and Tucker Barns on July 7, 2017’s Zip Trip to Waldorf, MD.

 

Allison was on vacation this week, so that meant Steve was anchoring along with Annie. After Tucker’s report Annie mentioned, “ In the 70’s and SUNSHINE, perfect day to take the DOGS to the park.”

 

Steve asked, “What about my cat?”

 

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Me and Steve Chenevey on July 7, 2017’s Zip Trip to Waldorf, MD.

 

Tucker yelled across the floor, “You don’t have a cat.”

 

Erin said, “What about my cat then?”

 

That’s when Tucker surprised everyone by saying, “Your kitten would make a nice little snack for Steve’s Saint Bernard.”

 

Annie quickly responded with, “We’ll be right back with Erin’s traffic after a word from our sponsor.”

 

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Annie Yu and I, on July 7, 2017’s Zip Trip to Waldorf, MD.

 

Just so happens, the first advertisement was about dog food and the next one was about animal cruelty. So Tucker started the next segment with an apology, which is not out of the ordinary for him.

 

After hearing all that, Tammy turned the tube off immediately. She wanted to forget what she just experienced, by taking her Shepard for a walk. It didn’t work as fast as she hoped it would.

 

Of course this story is fiction, but all three of these pictures were taken on July 7, 2017. Every Friday, Fox 5 in DC goes to a different local town and spotlights different places of interest. It’s called a Zip Trip and these pictures were when they came to Waldorf, MD.

 

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings

 

Lately, I’ve been wondering why I haven’t got a like or comment from any of my Facebook post lately. Nothing from the past three weeks, specifically on my personal Facebook page. Somehow, by accident, I set my privacy settings to one person. Big mistake and they never liked or commented anyway. Too funny.

 

As I try to get my writing career off the ground, a few people, who know more about this business than me, suggested I take few steps.

 

• First: start a blog – I did that a year and a half ago. In April of 2017, I turned my blog into my website called, ‘From my Head to Yours’ jfmcdonaldjr.com

 

• Second: write and post at least once a week. I do that also. However, in April when I published my book of poetry, ‘Twilight to Son Shine’, I slid away from writing. I was trying to promote my book and of course myself to gain sales and notoriety. Lately, I’ve got back into writing about my ‘hats’ and ‘three words’ among other categories. While doing that, I try to write and post in one of these categories five times a week.

 

• Third: start a Facebook business page – that was accomplished a month or so ago. I’m gathering more friends, so I can add more likes to my page. Again, I’m trying to brand myself as a writer.

 

Please remember I’m new to the writing field, and I love it immensely. I’m anxious to learn and I relate all these suggestions as gold to my newly chosen career. So if I overload your inbox with a high number of post and it bums you out, I apologize. Please bare with me, oh and please buy my book at the link below.
amazon.com/author/jimmcdonaldjr
Also remember, I can use reviews on Amazon and my FB writing page.

How ya like my hat? Lowes hat

How ya like my hat? Lowes hat

 

I was shopping in Lowes while wearing my Home Depot hat and when I asked for help I got mix directions. One employee said with a grin, “We don’t sell to your kind.”

 

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Wearing my Home Depot hat in a Lowes in Murphy, NC

 

Another pointed to the exit door and said, “Everything you need is right through that door.” Then a third man offered a trade, by giving me three brand new Lowe’s buckets for my hat.

 

Three buckets were set on my load of wood, while he said, “If you want these buckets, all you have to do is throw that hat in the trash.”

 

I took it off and replied, “What would I wear outside as my melanoma hat? Do you have a Lowes hat for my: how ya like my hat gig?”

 

“What do you mean: how ya like my hat gig?”

 

“It’s a thing I do on Facebook with hats. I buy used hats and write stories about them, some fact, some fiction.”

 

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Here’s my hat and buckets and this story took place at the Lowes in the La Plata, MD.

 

“Let me see if I can find you a hat.” Then he came back with two different ones to choose from. I chose this one and made a deal to not wear the Home Depot hat in there anymore.