Rita Hayworth and SubRosa Scavenger List

I read Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption when I was in high school.  Here’s how it opens:

There’s a guy like me in every state and federal prision in America, I guess – I’m the guy who can get it for you. Tailor-made cigarettes, a bag of reefer, if you’re partial to that, a bottle of brandy to celebrate your son or daughter’s high school graduation, or almost anything else… within reason, that is.

I was immediately taken with that.  I thought about it for years.  I wanted to be that guy.  Not end up in prison, of course, but the guy who could get stuff, get anything, through barter or trade or scavenging.

And so far, we’ve done pretty good here.  SubRosa Community Space was almost totally put together in 2008 from scavenged, donated, borrowed, and traded materials.  It was fun going to the dump to drop off a truck load of construction debris and coming back with an equal volume of useful stuff!

Anyway, here’s SubRosa’s current scavenging list, the stuff that we need around here:

x  redwood 2x6s for decks, tables, and benches
x  redwood 1×10 for book shelves
x  spoons!
x  coffee mugs
x  set of small glasses for wine at art shows
x  hand and power tools for the space
x  old skool rag mop
x  track lights (non-halogen)
x  metal folding chairs
x  electrical conduit
x  6 or 7 foot sturdy ladder
x  toilet paper, sugar, or soy milk

We were thinking of having a scavenger hunt for these things.  How would that work?  Intersting idea.

In the meantime, please keep your eyes peeled.  You are welcome to drop stuff off anytime.  Just ask staff where to put stuff.


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