Saturday, July 18, 2009

RRFM Comic Relief: "Perpetually Unhappy Person" Emails

In my continuing effort to bring comic relief to what is already quite a handy, useful, and enjoyable endeavor, I present you with the latest in our series of:


Please note my replies are in italics and my remarks and inserted comments are in parenthesizes and italics. I changed the person's name and email address, of course.

From: Perpetually Unhappy Person []
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:10 PM
To: Adam Byrn Tritt;
Subject: Re: [SpaceCoast_BST_CommunityChat] Next Really Really Free market is July 26th.

My daughter and I brought my car loaded. People went through our stuff (and how else did you expect people to see what they needed?), throwing it on the ground and never ever putting it back neatly (some things do fall on the ground, it is also quite windy. I think this person wanted everything refolded and put back into the bags after each perusal.).

I felt some of the people were rude, mainly the ones that brought nothing. At that time, my daughter and I were both out of work for the past 6 months and we hoped we would leave with something. (How is it anyone's fault if there was nothing there they needed or wanted? There was food and books and...) I was very disappointed as many people showed up without anything, however helped themselves to everyones' stuff....(most of us WANT our things gone. If you need it, TAKE IT!) and I mean brought their own Wal-Mart bags (We ASK people to bring their own bags. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. DUH!)...............I will never do it again.

(Folks. I am there from the beginning to the end (nearly). Shelley is there from the beginning (nearly) to the end. We keep our eyes out. Lots of folks do, as a matter of fact. it's a community effort. We saw none of this rampant greedery and wanton tossage.)

From: Adam Byrn Tritt
Subject: RE: [SpaceCoast_BST_CommunityChat] Next Really Really Free market is July 26th.
To: “Perpetually Unhappy Person” []
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009, 8:48 AM

You saw things I certainly didn’t, but sure, don’t return if that was your impression. Like Food Not Bombs, this is, in part, designed to help those who have nothing as well as distribute excess goods. If homeless people or people passing by see it and need something, then it’s great. The point is to provide for needs and not have things go into landfills, NOT to swap goods or trade goods.

But, I must admit, some people do not follow the rules and are less than neat. Some people drop their goods and leave me or Shelley or others to clean up their stuff at four. Some people are just, what can I say, People. Too bad that is, yes, but we don’t let it spoil the concept.

Why would we let one or two problems end the event that does such overall good?

But, it is a public event, so you are always free to tell the person to put your things back neatly, or that you would rather not give to them. It’s your choice. No one is in charge.


From: Perpetually Unhappy Person []
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2009 11:13 PM
To: Adam Byrn Tritt;
Subject: Re: [SpaceCoast_BST_CommunityChat] Next Really Really Free market is July 26th.

As for the homeless people, the ones I were referring were not homeless they were just in considered and disrespectful. And I was not the only one who notice these certain people. (It's always a good idea to trot out the un-named, invisible witnesses.) But you view what you want. Can't believe I expressed my opinion (You all suck and I'm not coming back is an opinion?) and wow you are rude. I was informed that people may not like what I have to say (there are those un-named invisible folks again. What? Did he take a poll of his invisible friends? "Will people like what I say? Yay or Nay?"), but had the knowledge that I could say what was on my mind if I noticed something. Next time, I will keep my mouth shut.

From: Adam Byrn Tritt
Subject: RE: [SpaceCoast_BST_CommunityChat] Next Really Really Free market is July 26th.
To: "Perpetually Unhappy Person” []
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 8:40 AM

Hey, I put this together with some friends. A diffuse collective getting a job done. No pay. Me. Some friends. If you don’t like it and don’t want to work to ‘fix’ it, please just don’t show up.

You complained. You didn’t offer to help. You didn’t offer to fit it. You didn’t try to improve it. You just bitched. That makes you part of the problem.

Got it?

Probably not.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

June 09 Freemarket was a Blast.

The Freemarket in June was amazing. Dave Stover from BlueDuck Enterprises (computer repair and document services) brought his stock of extra computer parts with RAM of various types, modems, cords, printers, boards and enough other spare parts to build several computers with. There was furniture and VCR, DVD players, and a phonograph. There was plenty of clothing and boxes and boxes of children’s clothing and shoes. Great for families with growing kids.

There was media as well with seven boxes of books as well as tapes, CDs, records and computer games.

There were household appliances as well and tools for the taking.

People arrived early (about quarter to one) and, after two large waves, we wound up around three-fifteen.

I picked up two small baskets of exactly the size and shape I was about to buy. One holds MP3 players and such and the other chargers and cords. So I, and many others, went away happy.

There was plenty of food for the offing as well,

This time, no one left their things and we had no cleanup. We certainly appreciate that. It’s a market, after all, not a dump. One person took much of what was left to CITA.

We had one small challenge: One older lady had several bags of clothing she brought. As I was helping her open and put them out, I found one bag had syringes, needled and all, in it. Lots of them. A BIG no-no. I turned to find her not there and I took the bag and disposed of it properly (we have a sharps container at The Wellness Center). Please please please no prescription medical supplies or anything that might be considered a biohazard.

Already I have two crates plus fencing and an office chair ready for the Freemarket on July 26th. See you there.