Friday, September 16, 2011

If It's Not One Thing, It's the Next Damn Thing

This week at work, my building hosted an art show of recycled material art. But not, you know, nice materials saved by school children. Oh, no. These were "pulled out of the dump after they were already mixed with who knows what else at the dump" materials. Deep breathing was required. Today, I actually managed to check out the exhibit. Lots of the art was pretty amazing. I did great until a woman from the exhibit came up and touched me on the arm. I thought I was going to cry. But now here I am at home still wearing the sweater that she touched.

However! As I got home today, I noticed the futon mattress my neighbor has out on the curb (who ON EARTH do they think will pick it up!?) I kid you not, it looks like someone either died or gave birth on the mattress. I've never hoped so hard for something to be mold. Deep breathing required.


  1. Good on you for going to the exhibit in the first place! That's something I think I would avoid.

  2. I'm sorry but this post made me laugh out loud! I soooo agree with you! I love the title - it fits so well. Just when you think you've got a handle on it all - WHAM - something jumps out of the woodwork. It sounds like you're managing to have some sense of humour about it all though. YAY - you haven't let OCD win!

  3. Wow, I'd have had a really hard time with that exhibit. Honestly, I think plenty of people would be a little squeamish thinking how the materials came from the dump. Bleh.
    Adventures in Anxiety Land

  4. Karin says:

    You Went????? Ug. Good for you. And you kept the sweater on? Wow! I don't think i'd be able to go unless i was forced to and the sweater would be off as soon as i stepped into my house...But my counselor today DID tell me that dumpster diving is NOT going to kill one. But not my plan.

    I did see a kiddie cartoon once about George Shrinks going to the dump to refind a work of art his mother made from recycled materials, so i guess it can't be that gross... to the rest of the world.

    A 'clean' dump full of old household goods and stuff would be ok-er, i guess, than a dump where garbage and household stuff is all smushed together.

    Maybe they WASH the stuff before they turn it into are? Too bad vital info like that isn't manditorily posted at the enterence so people would KNOW... just like they post ingredients and animal testings and organic foods. It'd be NICE to know.

  5. Wow! I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy the show and get past what I call the "invasion of space" issue. I think it would have taken a lot of mindful meditation and deep breathing to get me into the exhibit. I probably would have walked out (very quickly) if someone touched me and spent the next twenty minutes in tears and curled up in the fetal position on the back seat of the car.