the one where I almost dive into a dumpster

If I ever have to spend money for work, I am reimbursed by a check that is separate from my paycheck. This last pay period, I had a pretty hefty check. It is a small check that you tear away from an envelope, so I usually deposit it the day I get it, just so it doesn't get lost.

Our carpets are getting cleaned today, so last night we cleaned up and moved furniture around, etc. We also took out a lot of trash. We had some boxes which I filled with the day's junk mail (a golf magazine, newspaper add, etc). And I'm sure you know where I'm going with this.

This morning, I'm getting ready and thinking how I need to deposit that check today and I'm like...wait, where is that check? I hope it didn't get thrown away. I go into the kitchen and check the table. No papers. Hmm, perhaps Dave moved it somewhere....??? I checked the fridge, the trash, my purse...nothing. Of course, it was probably thrown out with the junk mail.

I think that if I really lost the check, I could be sent another one. But what a bother. And well, I might as well go look at the dumpster and assess the situation. We took out the garbage at like 11:00, so chances were it was still on top. Never mind the chances that one little piece of paper could have drifted anywhere...

I take a deep breath, hold it, and open the lid. I scan for the boxes that we threw away. And what do you know?? There is a golf magazine and that check wedged between a bag and the box, in the top middle of the dumpster. The garbage didn't reach the top, but it was almost level with the side, so I could potentially reach it with no problem. Out of my standing reach, but I wouldn't have to climb in the dumpster. So. I open the lid all the way, hoist my self onto the edge and swing forward and sure enough, there's my check! I grab it and jump down..no harm done, really. It didn't even smell that bad. Surprising, because we threw out a really nasty bag of nasty produce.

It was nothing like what my mother has had to do to find one of her children's retainer (which, for the record, was not mine). Two words: school dumpster. after lunch.

Ok, so, not the most dramatic story, but hopefully none of you were pulling for me to have to climb in the dumpster OR fall in once I was balancing on the edge...lucky for me, Wymount trash isn't so bad.

Do you have any good dumpster diving stories??

5 comments:

Karen said...

I totally threw away my retainer multiple times. So I never went dumpster diving but my my did, and actually I think the lunch lady did once for me because I was so scared my mom would be mad. Maybe I shouldn't let Gabriel get a retainer till he's like 16 and old enough to have a job to pay for thrown away retainers...

Christensens said...

I laughed all the way through this blog. Very funny.

Teri Bench said...

Oh boy! I am glad you found it, and thought of it when you did. I am also glad no one has lost a retainer since the dumpster dive incident!

Jody Lynn said...

I've never had to jump in a dumpster, but I've searched the trash a few times for my retainer. Fun times...

Camilla Belle said...

I'm a space cadet, and I throw everything away. I've been dumpster diving so many times. Luckily it was never the nasty trash cans like the one I'm picturing here... ;)