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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1005 on: June 19, 2012, 03:58:44 PM »
I answered it with "I'd like to help reduce waste in the local dump". And that was it.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1006 on: June 19, 2012, 04:09:52 PM »
I answered it with "I'd like to help reduce waste in the local dump". And that was it.

Thanks Jones - here's what I put in:

Hello, my name is Jenn.  My husband and I own a house in [city].  We have no kids and 1 dog.  I would like to join FC because it looks interesting and I'd like to reduce waste in the local dump.

It is exactly 200 characters...heres hoping they let me in.

Edit - okay that questionaire was the easy part - the hard part is in order to be accepted I have to post a offer within 48 hours.  I don't have anything to give away at the moment...oh well...guess I won't be joining Freecycle.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1007 on: June 19, 2012, 05:17:55 PM »
See if there's a local ReUseIt network list in your area: http://www.reuseitnetwork.org/
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1008 on: June 19, 2012, 05:32:36 PM »
I think my answer was "Because I am getting married, and I'd like to see if anyone has leftover wedding decorations." 

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1009 on: June 19, 2012, 05:48:51 PM »
Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

Divided by a common language, indeed.

I was raised with the distinction that a 'chest of drawers' was taller than it was wide, and had a flat top with no mirror, as the mirror would be too high for most humans. A 'dresser' was low enough that a mirror could go on top, and it was usually wider than it was tall. A 'hutch' or 'china cabinet' was like a dresser, but instead of a mirror, it had shelves with glass doors, so that you could display your dishes in your dining room. It could also be the shelves that go over a computer desk. And yes, you keep rabbits in a hutch, which stands up on legs like the cabinets, and is open so it displays the rabbits. ;)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1010 on: June 19, 2012, 05:53:08 PM »
Re: kitty boxes

I've found that the extra-deep storage boxes with flip-lids work very nicely as cat boxes. Flip one lid over, and leave the other side for kitty entrances and exits. And harder to kick litter out.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1011 on: June 19, 2012, 06:19:34 PM »
Re: kitty boxes

I've found that the extra-deep storage boxes with flip-lids work very nicely as cat boxes. Flip one lid over, and leave the other side for kitty entrances and exits. And harder to kick litter out.

I use giant tupperware storage boxes in the basement, but I like to have a few boxes they can just walk into so that if they have anything that would make jumping difficult they have a box they can walk into and won't be tempted to go on the floor. I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1012 on: June 20, 2012, 07:48:39 AM »
Chest of drawers is the UK term for it.    Over here, you'll find a dresser in the kitchen - a free standing (usually) piece of furniture made of cupboards with shelves above it - something you might possibly call a hutch?  Over here, a hutch is an outdoor 'crate' type home for a pet rabbit...

Divided by a common language, indeed.

I was raised with the distinction that a 'chest of drawers' was taller than it was wide, and had a flat top with no mirror, as the mirror would be too high for most humans. A 'dresser' was low enough that a mirror could go on top, and it was usually wider than it was tall. A 'hutch' or 'china cabinet' was like a dresser, but instead of a mirror, it had shelves with glass doors, so that you could display your dishes in your dining room. It could also be the shelves that go over a computer desk. And yes, you keep rabbits in a hutch, which stands up on legs like the cabinets, and is open so it displays the rabbits. ;)

That's a dressing table, over here.  We'd better stop there, as the thread is getting derailed a bit, but I do find the differences amusing.
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1013 on: June 20, 2012, 10:06:32 AM »
Reading this post makes me want to join Freecycle...I just went to my local site and I remembered why I haven't - the membership questionaire.

Since membership is moderated I assume I have to come up with the "correct" answers.  The main question tripping me up is:

Please tell the group owner about yourself and why you would like to join the group (200 characters maximum).

I don't think "because it looks interesting" will be accepted (any suggestions as to how to answer this questions "correctly")

I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).  Don't sweat the essay question - it's mostly to ensure you're a human being and not a computer filling out the survey.  A fairly significant percentage of "applicants" on our local board were computer-generated - or so we think - and didn't have any typed answers at all.  I suspect answering "Because I deserve free stuff and I'm going to post a sob story every day until I get it" probably won't help you either, but we approved anything from "I heard about it from a friend" to "I like recycling."

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1014 on: June 20, 2012, 05:51:22 PM »
I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.
I'm sure I'll make changes as they age, too. But when Mr. Benedict can refrain from racing down the hall and making a flying leap either onto my craft worktable or my feet while I'm asleep, I'll start worrying about his elderly joints being too tender to jump in and out of the cat box.  >:D

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1015 on: June 21, 2012, 08:46:30 AM »
I have a playing fiend who has sprained an ankle before, and as they get older I am worried about arthritis and just normal aging making it harder to jump.
I'm sure I'll make changes as they age, too. But when Mr. Benedict can refrain from racing down the hall and making a flying leap either onto my craft worktable or my feet while I'm asleep, I'll start worrying about his elderly joints being too tender to jump in and out of the cat box.  >:D

Same here. When 14-year old Harley stops jumping on top of DH's five foot tall dresser in one bound and then leaps at invisible prey, then I will worry. We have one litter box on the second floor (main living area) and one on the third (bedrooms, bathrooms, utility room). Since the one on the third arrived, neither cat will use the second floor box. Harley doesn't like the door on it and Mischief (aka Biscuit) likes to howl while inside, so there is too much reverb for him.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1016 on: June 24, 2012, 03:14:24 PM »
I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).
And what does one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof) have to do with giving away things one no longer wants?
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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1017 on: June 30, 2012, 12:49:27 AM »
Yeah... I have one for the dirty minded.  If anyone is interested, PM me. ::)

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1018 on: June 30, 2012, 12:54:18 PM »
I moderated our local FreeCycle for a while (before being kicked off for being "not Christian enough," but that's another story).
And what does one's religious beliefs (or lack thereof) have to do with giving away things one no longer wants?

Long story short, someone on the list was spamming everyone she ever corresponded with (including everyone who posted on FreeCycle) asking for donations for her church.  Other members complained.  Other moderator didn't see any problem with it because it was for church; I privately told the other moderator that it didn't matter because FreeCycle is a non-religious organization.  She then sent me a ranty email accusing me of being "not Christian enough" and that she was praying for my soul, then banned me from FreeCycle.  I got no response from the regional FreeCycle liason and gave up until an atheist friend of mine got offended at something the other moderator said a year or so later and finally got a response.  I got allowed to re-sign up (not as a moderator, just a normal member) and the regional lady became our co-moderator.  Still didn't "fire" the crazy moderator, though.

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Re: What weird/outrageous requests have you seen on Freecycle/Craigslist?
« Reply #1019 on: July 03, 2012, 01:10:14 PM »
Mr. Sirius showed me another one:

"TABLE AND CHAIR" $40

The text read "Set the table and chair."  However, there were no contact instructions, and from what Mr. Sirius described the "set" consisted of a battered outdoor table and two equally battered chairs.