Sunday, November 13, 2005

Freecycle works!

So Dan tried to drag a moldy wool blanket with multiple holes to the dump. Oh no, I said! I will Wash the blanket to eliminate the mold and then we can donate it to an animal shelter! (Dan rolled his eyes, sighed, and spent 2 more hours loading the to-the-dump trailer.)

I wash and dry the blanket until it is no longer Moldy, merely Musty. Too "musty" for puppies, though; puppies deserve better.

I figure Freecycle is worth a shot, and post a completely honest description of the blanket. Within an HOUR I get a reply. (It has no punctuation and is in all-caps, but that's fairly par for the course among Freecyclers, unfortunately.) The respondent says something enigmatic about "its condition is ideal for my use." I find this somewhat curious, wondering if it will be used to transport bodies or what, but as pickup arrangements are made it becomes clear that he's a Civil War re-enactor, and musty holey blankets were likely de rigeur on the battlefield. (Or maybe only for transporting bodies.)

And, wonder of wonders, he actually picks it up within days. Hurray for Freecycle!

(And no, the blanket was not from Camp.)


Nana said...

That is really amusing, actually.

And a little bizarre.

You should have asked him if that old id bracelet was REALLY from the Civil War. (Have you ever tried to google that name?)

Dan, Sarah, Cadao, and Alyra Rain said...

Good question! I just looked it up, and there were no government-issued IDs in the Civil War. A number of companies sold them to individuals (how sad; preparing to go off to war and making sure you buy your own in-case-I-die ID) but none of the ones I saw looked like mine. Mine also has a six-digit number on it- I haven't been able to figure out when a six-sigit ID number would have been used. (The name is too common to get anywhere with that.) So it remains a mystery....