"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Trampoline Loading

The project:
This was really a multi-day project which culminated today with the loading of a free, 16-foot trampoline in my sister-in-law's van for the trip to HER backyard.

Total? Probably 30 minutes.

Why bother?
One neighbor (OK...four blocks away, but you get the drift) had a trampoline he wanted to give away. A SIL wanted a trampoline for her kids. I hooked them up.

It all started with talking to the neighbor about a broken down fence and Freecycle (people on Freecycle will take ANYTHING, even broken down fence parts). He said, "Huh. I should put my trampoline on there."

EYE knew that my SIL wanted a trampoline, so I called her, texted up some photos, then let him know she was interested. Meanwhile, he was trying to clear a broken tree (thanks, wind) out of his backyard and re-landscape. Before she could get down here to pick it up, he was dismantling it, so I stopped by, helped complete the dismantling, loaded it in MY van, unloaded it into OUR garage for storage for a few more days, then hosted her overnight (come anytime, A!), helped her load up and enjoyed a nice visit before she returned home (3 hours north).

Worth it?
Absolutely! This helped the neighbor clean out his yard, the niece and nephews with a new toy, and gave my sister-in-law another excuse to come visit us.

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