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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Complete list of Dive Finds

 It always boggles my mind when I see people not only throw things away like this, but the sheer disbelief of outsiders, who view dive videos online and say they are staged or fake because theres just "NO WAY" people would discard XYZ. My experience is that people will discard ANYTHING and  you can have ANYTHING you want or need if you just are patient enough.

 When people move, they are panicky and thoughtless, they will throw things out and repurchase them rather than move them.  Also, rampant consumerism leaves people with excess items and apparently a complete ignorance of thrift stores or charity. Or perhaps people are too lazy to drop things off on their way somewhere to buy more stuff they don't need, I don't know which it is, but I find sacks of expensive clothing on a regular basis.

 I have actually had spooky moments were I think to myself, "gosh, I really could use XYZ, I'd hate to have to buy one, but I guess I will have to" only to find that item over the next two days. It happens to me all the time.  Its pretty amazing, just think how many items are being discarded for that to happen to me multiple times in a month. I pretty much don't buy a damn thing anymore, aside from food and gasoline. Theres no need to, as one of my frugal idols and genius Bert Langerwerf  used to say "everything is free." He was right.

Heres my complete list since Jan 2015 and I will add to it often. I only started collecting items I didn't actually need personally for resale/donation around April, when I learned we were having a neighborhood yard sale. Many of these items are being stored til next year to sell at the 2016 sale, since this years was a huge success for me. I sold items for 1 hour before work,  then had to pack it up. I didn't have much to sell but made $58. Not bad for an hour and free items, displayed on my free table, next year I hope to make more like $300. I also have been learning ebay and have sold every dive item I've listed, I started last month and have made aprox $100 so far on less than 6 listings.

  I did not include clothing, linens/towels, beauty or food items here because its just too much to list. Seriously.  Perhaps I'll make a separate list in the future. I did not include items that after the fact turned out to unusable or broken.

 I also have not included items I saw that were usable but I didn't need or couldn't sell quickly. For example furniture, computer printers and tvs are discarded in large numbers and I don't need any and my storage space is limited.

I have made notes as to how many of the item I have found. Keep in mind I rarely find multiples of an item at the same time, so if the item say, for example (3) that is three separate people on three separate days that made the choice to be wasteful.

Gift cards
Best buy$2.14
Starbucks $4.65
Starbucks $2.70
Target $5.40
Pacific Sunwear (pacsun) $7.53

Electronics/plug me in stuff
Panda clock
digital alarm clock
iphone/ipod clock/radio (sold)
Carpet shark vaccum (needs a $4 belt)
Standing fan
Selfie stick with batteries (sold)
Cassette boombox ( the vintage, silver kind)
Car lighter dustbuster (was very excited about this)
Black large toaster (makes 4 at a time)
Apple usb wall charger (sold)
Apple wall charger
Heavy duty extension cord
Heavy duty extension cord three way splitter
D batteries (new in package)
9v battery (new in package)
AA batteries(new in package)

Shoes/sport stuff
Adidas shoes (used for mud run)
reebok shoes (sold)
vans shoes (sold)
under armour (saving for new mud run)
Youth motorcycle helmet with googles
Purple backpack (like new)
Billabong womens wetsuit (NEW WITH TAGS)
Propane camping stove

Holiday stuff
 (6) wraping paper rolls
(2) bags of gift wrap bows
ornament hangers
Candy corn string lights
Pumpkin string lights
Reindeer welcome mat (new with tags)

Cat carrier (new) (sold)
Dog carrier med (new with tags still on door) (for sale as I type this)
Cat bed (new)
Dog bed (fine after a wash)
Dog leash (unused/new)
Dog poop bags in holder
Dog squeaky toy bear (new with tags)
New Cherry baby gate ( I use for the dog)

 (2 pair) gardening gloves (new with tags, packaging)
Mandevilla plant (tag on pot reads $20, half dead, recovered fine)
Aloe vera plant in pot
Metal plant stand with mosaic top
metal plant pot holder with wheels
Teak plant pot holder with wheels
Large birdbath
Folding cloth/metal chair for kids

Large ikea style dvd shelves
Cherry colored bookcase
Computer desk (like new)
Dvd shelves (tall for side of tv)
Computer/office chair (like new)
Photo/picture frames (too many to count, many new in package, wood etc, several w/ $35 price tags on them
Laundry hamper
Metal Hello Kitty trash can (tag from BB&B on back says $22)
Kitchen trash can
metal bathroom trash can
6ft white folding table
Shelf brackets (nice iron/ decorative ones)

 Art supplies
(2) large glitter containers (retails for $15 each)
Canvas still in plastic wrap with tags
Mechanical pencils, and refills
pens/ sharpies/ highlighters
(2) boxes of standard staples
post it pads
(5) rolls of scotch tape
Paint brushes (new)
Drawing paper books
Lined paper
Sewing glue
Elmers glue

roll of duct tape
Cell phone cases (one new, several in like new condition)
Tablet case (new in package)
Comic book (sealed in package)
Nintendo magnet
Huge box of vhs tapes
Large case of vintage cassettes
Ziplock bags (unopened box, completely new)
Electronic coin counter with batteries (sold)

Kids stuff
Hello kitty diary with pen (sealed in package) (sold)
Avengers playing cards (sealed in package) (sold)
Littlest pet shop figures (dogs)
Monster high doll (sold)
Disney store exclusive Minnie Mouse (sold)
Flats of kids stickers

Cleaning stuff
(2)Tubes of Comet (half full)
Rubbermaid mop (brand new)
Red broom
Hand broom
Bottle of kitchen degreaser (brand new)
Bottle of off brand soft scrub (brand new)
Aerosol febreeze (1/3 full)
(2)Spray febreeze (1/2 full)
Arm and hammer carpet spray (1/3 full)
Pet carpet spray, red bottle (completely new)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Huge clutch of Mexican Black Kingsnake eggs

This is my second year breeding Nigrita aka the Mexican Black Kingsnake. I wanted to show everyone this monster clutch, but first why I breed this species and my goals

Firstly, I love kingsnakes, but the amount of people who purchase kingsnakes and become dissatisfied with their personalities is very high. California kingsnakes are the worst in this respect, but all kingsnakes can be flighty, bitey and shit all over you.

I noticed early on that cornsnakes with horrible temperaments had bitey, crappy personality babies. Even when handling is accounted for. This is long documented in mammals as well, fear and arrousal (not the sexual kind) has a genetic component.

It is very easy to tease nature apart from nuture in reptiles because, by and large, they are raised identically, and its not like a dog that had a bad experience at the dog park and is now biting out of fear. Captive bred snakes, aside from perhaps a bad rodent bite (which can not happen to babies as the prey has no teeth at that age) do not get many, if any, opportunities to learn defensive behavior.

So three years ago I began aquiring adult black kings from the pet market for the would be colony. I also aquired one juvenile, aprox a year old.

Adult, aggressive pet snakes aren't common, as bitey animals rarely make it to maturity, several reasons but the most striking one is that aggressive animals have a very very high rehome rate.

Each rehome dramatically increases its chances of death as the animal is passed around to increasingly ignorant homes. Aggressive animals also tend to be rehomed for "free". Being given away vs a small fee being charged,  also increases the chances of an ignorant home. This has been proven true in rescue circles of all sorts of animals. From personal experience I know never to put an animal up for "free". It attracts people who just want it for free, not who actually want it.

Anyway! As a responsible breeder, its not only my job to screen homes and set up realistic expectations from the get go. Its also my job to provide healthy animals that eat properly.

I also believe in breeding animals with personality in mind and I do not breed any animals I deem to be overly shy, aggressive, or with over the top feeding responses.

So I assembled this colony with that in mind. All the adults are tame, and while they do look for food, know the difference between hands and mice. None of the adults musk, tail rattle or empty their bowels in fear.

Several did not make the cut. Nervous animals that did not calm down with gentle handling. Animals that continued to bite and bite and bite, even after being picked up in an obvious "you are NOT being fed" situation.  These were sold off to knowlegable people who understood what they were getting into.

I am very proud of the results. Aside from ONE anomalous rogue baby, they were all tame, easy to handle and NO returns and NO complaints after purchase (this never happens with other kingsnakes). There were 30+ babies in all.  If they get rehomed, it will likely have nothing to do with their behavior.

My holdbacks are growing up and will be reproductive NEXT season (2016) and hopefully I'll find suitable mates to outcross them to and continue to breed towards docility.

Thursday, May 28, 2015


A year ago yesterday. Chili and Escher hanging out

A photo posted by Crystal and Chili (@criosphynx) on

Chili has so few friends, but I think thats ok. Hes an introvert

A photo posted by Crystal and Chili (@criosphynx) on

mOaR Escher

much yay.

Fran rejects my gift.

He was soooo stoked about the previous egg that I decided to take a video, and as typical of animals and cameras, this happened. That said, the kid watching the anticlimax became the star.

Fran just turned 3 on April 12, 2015. Hes 30lbs right now and just shy of 6 ft.

How much is that Monitor in the bathtub?

Mayweather Dive

Or Pacquiao...

Irrelevant really!

So the complex across the street threw a big shindig for the fight. Dude has a single car garage man cave  complete with Oscar fish tank and three...yes three TVs. All positioned at different levels.  He also has a full bar and sand on the floor. I'm not kidding.

Its one of those things that on one day, you think its pretty impressive, and on another day is overkill and weird. He sits in it constantly, I hope he doesn't have a family.

Anyway, they put up a huge projector to show the fight. Several easy ups and sideways easy ups were errected to block the view to the uninvited. I could still see in, but I wasn't really interested.

After the party they canned all the uneaten food. This was my best food dive so far with only one other coming close. I was shocked how wasteful this group was, people from the party could have taken this food home.

 Strawberries (3 boxes) Carrots, a bag of shredded red cabbage, 4 bread loaves, muffins, mandarin oranges, bag of shredded carrots, a half watermellon, and other stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting. The bread wasn't even out of date yet (but then again, it never is)

While alot of it was bread based, I did eat the strawberries,(that looked picked that day fresh) the mandarin oranges (package was unopened)  and to much personal disappointment in my impulse control, the donuts. Everything else ended up as animal food.

There was also two cases... CASES of mini donuts that I didn't bother to take.

Yay for boxing?

Friday, May 22, 2015

Four things Friday with critters!

No surprise really there..

So here is "our"  pool. Its normally teeming with children (hell there's no pool gate to one day I'm sure it will be marinading children), but on this day there was extra special garnish.

 DUCKS! We named them Donald and Daisy and spent the next week and half trying not to step in duck shit. I did not succeed... They ate the neighbors cat food and made the pool disgusting at a shockingly fast rate. 

 This is supposed to be a pick of Fawkes, our new craigslist cornsnake. The previous owner asked for a picture of her about a week after my acquisition and I shrugged and did the best I could. If I was going to be troubled with making a snake take a forced picture then he was going to have to take the chihuahua surcharge for my effort.
These were brought into the store along with at least 25 other turtles by a gentleman who cleans fish tanks.

 He arrived to tear down a "fish" tank and was greeted by 40 gallons of the worst turtle soup ever made. I took these two stinkpots home and the map turtle, he took the rest home with him to find homes. We lost a stinker about a week into it and the map isn't doing super hot either. Aside from no UVB or heat on them in the soup, I'm sure their kidneys were fried when I got them as well. We'll see what happens, maybe one will make it. 

I'm off to train dogs now. That is all.

Thursday, May 21, 2015