12 July 2011
On On Dumpster Diving
by Lars Eighner
The world is full of funny things doing things to certain beings that sometimes seem to not be very funny. Life has a way of forcing a man to see particular phenomena through other men’s eyes. Sometimes that “other” is the one type of person you knew you would never be, or at least you thought you did. A Mr. Lars Eighner, born in Texas, raised in Texas, had the upbringing of a success. Having attended Lamar High School and studied at the University of Texas, his future looked extremely bright, but unfortunately something funny meandered across his path. He lost his job, and so he and his dog set out in search for whatever they may find. The essay by Eighner is “On Dumpster Diving” and it goes into depth on just that topic. He begins his narration with an examination of the origins of the word “dumpster”. Having come from the company Dempsey Dumpster, the word was randomly chosen as the word to describe the massive steel cubes parked outside of any establishment you see today (Eighner). He then goes on to give his preference on what he likes to call the process of dumpster diving, in which case, he calls it scavenging. After clearing this up, Lars goes into how to scavenge correctly and what to do and not do. He summarizes this whole section by saying that it comes to the person and whether they will put the food in their mouth or not. From reading, one can see that Mr. Eighner and his dog have a very close relationship and it is quite symbiotic because the dog tends to steer him from ants and peculiar dumpsters towards the areas with better potential (Eighner). He brings all his points into a nice little conclusion by comparing himself and his occupation with the wealthy and points out that there is very little difference between the two.
Eighner, Lars. “On Dumpster Diving”.