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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2015, 01:20:27 PM »
Produce in the summer when everyone has too many tomatos, zuccini etc..

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2015, 03:34:34 PM »

I am the person who swiped all the booze from the dead guy.
I would think the booze would be first to go! Must have been a bunch of teetotalers. Well done!

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2015, 06:42:36 PM »
I'm pretty sure this will earn me worst-person-on-the-forum status, but when my husband's uncle passed away last winter, he had no direct heirs. So it fell to some random relatives to clean out the house and take what they wanted. I was in the house after they'd been at this for 5 months.

I am the person who swiped all the booze from the dead guy.

It was still there after 5 months??!


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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #53 on: July 09, 2015, 08:15:59 PM »
I have a coworker who gives me canned food and items such as dried milk and mashed potato flakes.  I am quite grateful extra food is extra food.  She sometimes has too much for just her and her elderly uncle who lives with her...I need to find uses for the dried milk but the other things are happily consumed...

Use the dried milk for homemade hot chocolate.  Beats all other versions hands down.   

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #54 on: July 09, 2015, 08:50:45 PM »
Pennies. I can't believe people just throw these away!  I've started collecting them and since I've been telling people about this new collection, they just GIVE ME THEIR MONEY! 

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #55 on: July 09, 2015, 09:15:40 PM »
Dried milk is great for making yogurt. I add a scoop of it to the regular milk before heating, it helps thicken it up more.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #56 on: July 10, 2015, 05:04:43 AM »
Pennies. I can't believe people just throw these away!  I've started collecting them and since I've been telling people about this new collection, they just GIVE ME THEIR MONEY!
Great description of being Mustachian, "My hobby is collecting pennies and making them into little soldiers."

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2015, 07:22:31 AM »
My first car was a black jellybean.  It was a 2002 Pontiac Aztek.  I was at the lot looking for a 4-5 year old car.  I was waiting for a salesman, but started to wander.  Saw a brand new 2002 Pontiac Aztek MSRP $20k new.  I started doing the math, and with rebates and other incentives, we ended up paying $16k after taxes and a 100k extended warranty.  Apparently, they were having a hard time selling them.  By the way, the Aztek was an awesome car.  It's a van chassis, everything was crazy practical inside, and it made transporting stuff (which I was doing a lot of) very easy.  MPG was so so.  Only downside was that mine blew head gaskets every 60k miles.  Thank God for that extended warranty that they basically handed to us for free!

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2015, 07:40:42 AM »
My other one is taxes. I actually enjoy doing taxes
THAT is a black jelly bean enjoyer.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #59 on: July 14, 2015, 11:43:28 AM »
I think looking for the "black jelly beans" can be especially helpful if you are interested in a career field where jobs are hard to come by. I am in nonprofits and needed to hire for a "unicorn" job--it paid a reasonable salary, had good benefits, and even relocation assistance (VERY rare below the senior management level). I had a very hard time coming up with qualified applicants! (In the end, I did get someone great...) It was in a specific area that is considered unglamorous and a headache, and the related skills aren't even taught in the graduate programs. If I knew a young person going into a very competitive field, I would encourage them to ask around about the jobs that everyone hates...if you can find one you don't mind, you are golden.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #60 on: July 28, 2015, 06:00:51 PM »
I have a coworker who gives me canned food and items such as dried milk and mashed potato flakes.  I am quite grateful extra food is extra food.  She sometimes has too much for just her and her elderly uncle who lives with her...I need to find uses for the dried milk but the other things are happily consumed...
Dry milk is great for any sort of baking that calls for milk.  Reconstituted of course.  Also pancakes and hot chocolate.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #61 on: July 28, 2015, 07:36:17 PM »
My other one is taxes. I actually enjoy doing taxes and people are more than happy to pay me a nominal fee to avoid doing theirs

I wish I could get paid to do other people's taxes! I enjoy it too. Unless we're talking about calculating the penalty owed for underpayment of tax. That's not enjoyable. For me the fun is in the optimization problem (so really, the tax planning that goes into it, not as much doing the taxes after the year is over). But then I would proceed to advise these hypothetical "clients" on how to minimize their future taxes.
Glad to see I'm not the only weird one.


Also, cross post from a different thread: I love oatmeal raisin cookies and will gladly take them from those who picked them up thinking they were chocolate chip.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #62 on: July 28, 2015, 08:00:18 PM »
At my wife's work, the office manager orders fruits, nuts and Lindt chocolates for the office. Nobody ever eats them so she takes it all home. Sometimes, we make an apple pie (using the office apples) and she takes it back to the office. It's an awesome way to gain popularity for cheap. :)

So in a way, we are feeding them back their black jelly beans and they don't even know it.

Weird. At my work, the people are a bunch of piranha. You just whisper 'free food' and there's a sudden stampede to the break room. Even a huge order of apples, nuts and chocolates wouldn't last.

Also, it would be awesome to work somewhere that was provided. The only thing my employer provides regularly is the world's worst coffee.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #63 on: July 29, 2015, 10:06:52 AM »
At my wife's work, the office manager orders fruits, nuts and Lindt chocolates for the office. Nobody ever eats them so she takes it all home. Sometimes, we make an apple pie (using the office apples) and she takes it back to the office. It's an awesome way to gain popularity for cheap. :)

So in a way, we are feeding them back their black jelly beans and they don't even know it.

Weird. At my work, the people are a bunch of piranha. You just whisper 'free food' and there's a sudden stampede to the break room. Even a huge order of apples, nuts and chocolates wouldn't last.

Also, it would be awesome to work somewhere that was provided. The only thing my employer provides regularly is the world's worst coffee.

Yeah at my office they offer fruits and donuts and it always causes a civilized stampede.
Then sometimes they offer Lindt, and it causes an open war.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #64 on: July 29, 2015, 10:28:22 AM »
Ooh, this is a very interesting question! I'm not sure I have a material-goods "black jellybeans," but as a lawyer, my area of the law is one that most people avoid like the plague. Enjoying it (as much as anyone can enjoy being a lawyer, which is to say, not much) means that I don't have to work nearly as hard to be reasonably successful, compared to people doing the work everyone wants to do like commercial real-estate law. Many of my cases are black jellybeans by commercial-law standards, but for my interests, they're perfect.

Very interesting way to look at things!

Mind sharing what kind of law? I'm also an attorney so I'm interested.  One "black jellybean" area I'm willing to tackle is litigation in bankruptcy cases.  I don't represent the debtor but rather a creditor that is trying to get money or access an insurance policy or prevent a bankruptcy.

Family and child protection, including accepting legally aided clients (I do a lot of work for domestic-violence survivors who desperately need a lawyer but could never afford to pay private rates). It's not holy-shit lucrative, but I have a very comfortable work arrangement (no weekends, 8-4, don't get work calls or emails on my cell phone, actual time off) and no income complaints. I understand why most people can't imagine dealing with it, but enjoying it has paid dividends for me, lifestyle-wise.

Ha! I actually black jelly bean as a side hustle for a low income child protection and marital attorney. I handle his filing and basic research. He used to be a judge, then went into private practice for high income clients then as he neared retirement got tired of the entitled arguments and moved exclusively to low income.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #65 on: July 29, 2015, 01:24:01 PM »
Pass them over here! I love black jellybeans!

I'm in IT, but I am also good at writing clearly and concisely (a good university beat it into me). Got a bunch of flowery, wandering crap on two pages? Often I can fit it onto one, and make it more understandable. Lots of IT people or engineers can't write, even if English is their first language. Who ends up writing the manuals and tutorials? Me. Who maintains the Sharepoint site? Me. Who drafts the (polite) F***-off letter the boss needs to send someone? Me again.

This is part of the reason I am being considered for a better paying position where I am.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #66 on: May 31, 2020, 02:22:25 PM »
I have a coworker who gives me canned food and items such as dried milk and mashed potato flakes.  I am quite grateful extra food is extra food.  She sometimes has too much for just her and her elderly uncle who lives with her...I need to find uses for the dried milk but the other things are happily consumed...

I just saw a video on youtube where dried milk was used for making mozzarella.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #67 on: May 31, 2020, 02:47:18 PM »
Tupperware type containers! They get abandoned after potlucks or in the work fridges and someone needs to love them. I've even tried to return them to people who I had assumed had just forgotten them. They look at me like I have two heads and tell me those are disposable.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #68 on: June 01, 2020, 06:47:44 AM »
I'll take just about anything someone else doesn't want, love that stuff! My career (such as it is) is really black jelly beaning - I like taking chaotic systems and making them functional and efficient. One of my side hustles is black jellybeaning also - I do really simple graphic design, load it onto VistaPrint (or sometimes even JUST use VistaPrint pre-formatting) to make marketing materials for sole trader types. They could totally do it themselves but it's not their thing AND I usually take payment in whatever they deal in - beauty therapy, haircuts, sushi, pet supplies, whatever. It's a great barter for things I wouldn't ordinarily spend a lot of money on.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #69 on: June 01, 2020, 07:19:36 AM »
I love the actual black jelly beans, and brown bananas too. Also a friend once gave me an almost-full bottle of port because he didn't like it. Yum. I also like Brussels sprouts but a lot of people don't.

My mom also gives me the dark meat turkey to take home after Thanksgiving, and the bones too.

My husband likes the gristle and cartilage from the meat but I don't, so those are his black jelly beans. His favorite piece on a chicken is the xiphoid process.  He actually likes those orange and black Halloween candies too (I don't).

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #70 on: June 01, 2020, 09:00:55 PM »
Love the black jelly bean concept!

Clothes, for sure! My friends know I'll even take items not my size or taste, as I love to refashion them into things that work for me. Doll clothes or quilts, at the very least.

Pets--My first cat was my ex's, and I got her in the breakup. The second cat was gifted to a coworker who didn't want a pet. The first dog was product of a friend's dog's surprise pregnancy. The current dog showed up at my parents' house and ended up with me.

Free food for the win.  I have a few pounds of celery in my fridge right now that was sent to my workplace by mistake. I have a gifted meat in my freezer that only needed celery to make a slow cooker recipe! I regularly take my packed lunch home for dinner because I end up getting something for free at work. I always help clean up after social events and usually end up with leftovers. I will gladly take your extra zucchinis, even the baseball-bat-sized ones. I just shred them with my KitchenAid attachments and freeze them into small portions to toss into baked goods, scrambled eggs, and casseroles.

Furniture, too. My current dining room table, kitchen stepstool, bed frame, and coffee table are all castoffs from friends/neighbors. I've made a small side gig out of reselling furniture and household castoffs.

Craft supplies--I have more than a lifetime supply of embroidery supplies because I take unfinished or never-started projects and break them down into their components to use in new projects.

Amy Dacyzyn mentions in her Tightwad Gazette that you should never turn down offers of free goods. That way you become known as someone who will take unwanted items off people's hands. I pass on items I can't use, but have ended up with so many great things because someone "thought I might want it".  I make it very clear that I will donate unwanted items to the appropriate charity or pass them along to someone that I know will use it.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #71 on: June 02, 2020, 03:15:02 AM »
I currently have two rows of lettuces and one of radishes growing from the cast-offs from a friend thinning out their own crops.  The lettuce seedlings were always a good bet, I didn't think the radishes would take but gave them a try anyway - it took them a while to recover but they are now doing nicely. 

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #72 on: June 02, 2020, 08:57:14 AM »
That was exactly my experience in kindergarten.  The time that we all got jelly beans, the other children didn't want to eat the black ones that were in their bags.  I was willing to eat them, so they all gave them to me.  The black ones were probably my least favorite, but it still meant that I got more jelly beans, so I viewed it as a win.  A couple of decades later, I had a job where there was a dish of Jolly Ranchers in the lobby that would periodically get refilled.  Usually, the yellow ones were the ones left.  If that was all that was left, then I would take them, but my coworkers wouldn't.  I didn't understand- they were Jolly Ranchers and they were free.  My coworkers even told me that if they bought a bag of candy, they would through away the flavors that they didn't care for as much because "it's just candy."  (Now I understand that it would have been most frugal for me to have shunned the candy altogether, to save on dental work.)

Current: "black jelly beans":
1. I work in psych.  Many medical providers wouldn't work in psych no matter how much you paid them, especially working with addicts.  The work is actually probably not as hard as similar paying jobs, as long as a person realizes that people with mental illnesses are just people and there's no need to be afraid.
2. I live in a neighborhood where most people won't live.  When I bought my house but before I moved in, someone I know drove by my house to check out what it looked like.  He told me that he didn't think I should be moving to such a "bad" neighborhood.  I pressed him for specifics on what was so "bad" about the neighborhood, and it turned out that it was because most of the residents are poor and black.  So of course I gave him a lecture on racism and classism.
3. My daughter works at a produce market.  When produce gets bruised or otherwise unfit to be sold, employees take it home.  My daughter tries to refuse some items, but I know her supervisor and her supervisor knows that I will eat any and all produce items.  The conversations go like this: daughter "No thanks.  I don't like brussel sprouts."  Supervisor: "I'm sure your mom does."  So then my daughter has to bring the item home, whatever it is.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #73 on: June 04, 2020, 02:30:44 PM »
Our last home came with a couple of working vintage appliances in great shape from an era we really like. Both the realtor and the seller (it was an estate, so the seller was not the person who choose/kept the appliances) made comments indicating that they had factored into the prices the "total appliance replacement" that would be "required" of the buyer. We were THRILLED by both the style of the appliances, and that during our years in the house we had zero problems with our appliances while friends who had all new were replacing theirs less than a decade after purchase (due to planned obsolescence most likely).

When we went to sell, the beautiful retro double oven was working like a charm and looking great, and we treated it like a selling point. Our eventual buyer loved it as much as we did. However, at our first open house a buyer came in, frowned, pointed at it, and said "that piece of junk would HAVE TO GO!" Since we have (enough to not have to cow to every rude buyer) F.U. money, I was able to look at her, say "This probably isn't the house for you, then," and walk away.

I found the original sales pieces for the oven stuck in the manual, and the inflation-adjusted value of it was well over $3,000-. There's a reason it lasted many decades.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2020, 03:22:15 PM »
Ooh, this is a very interesting question! I'm not sure I have a material-goods "black jellybeans," but as a lawyer, my area of the law is one that most people avoid like the plague. Enjoying it (as much as anyone can enjoy being a lawyer, which is to say, not much) means that I don't have to work nearly as hard to be reasonably successful, compared to people doing the work everyone wants to do like commercial real-estate law. Many of my cases are black jellybeans by commercial-law standards, but for my interests, they're perfect.

Very interesting way to look at things!

I was going to write this, in almost those same words.  I wish I could say I was strategic, but I just got lucky.  I was venting once about how I get paid stupid amounts of money per unit of value added to society, and how the system was broken, and someone told me, basically, supply and demand:  the work I do is either too difficult or too boring for most people to deal with, so I get paid a premium to do it.  Oh.  Makes sense.  I actually get jazzed when I have an interesting problem to solve, so I definitely picked the right career.

Also, like @HazelStone, editing.  In particular, complaint letters.  If you get a, say, demand from a credit card company that you think is inappropriate, or you need to complain about a service, come here and sit by me.  I do this, I do it well, and people seem to find me.  Plus it's fun when you get it just right.  ;-)

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #75 on: June 04, 2020, 05:01:41 PM »

2. I live in a neighborhood where most people won't live.  When I bought my house but before I moved in, someone I know drove by my house to check out what it looked like.  He told me that he didn't think I should be moving to such a "bad" neighborhood.  I pressed him for specifics on what was so "bad" about the neighborhood, and it turned out that it was because most of the residents are poor and black.  So of course I gave him a lecture on racism and classism.


We are similar. We live in a poorer heavily immigrant area of our city here in Italy.  A lot of Italians recoil in horror or say racist things when they hear where I live. But I love it here and wouldn't not choose to move.  For one thing, I'm an immigrant too and I love the diversity of multiethnic nature of where we live and the local school where we send our kids.  For another, I can buy plantains, homemade tofu and Indian/Bangladeshi spices and other ethnic foods at our local markets.  I also love the fact that the Italians who live around here tend to be more open minded.  It's a win-win as far as I'm concerned.

I also love black jelly beans.  They're my favorite flavor.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #76 on: June 04, 2020, 05:35:22 PM »
My first car was a black jellybean.  It was a 2002 Pontiac Aztek.  I was at the lot looking for a 4-5 year old car.  I was waiting for a salesman, but started to wander.  Saw a brand new 2002 Pontiac Aztek MSRP $20k new.  I started doing the math, and with rebates and other incentives, we ended up paying $16k after taxes and a 100k extended warranty.  Apparently, they were having a hard time selling them.  By the way, the Aztek was an awesome car.  It's a van chassis, everything was crazy practical inside, and it made transporting stuff (which I was doing a lot of) very easy.  MPG was so so.  Only downside was that mine blew head gaskets every 60k miles.  Thank God for that extended warranty that they basically handed to us for free!

I had one of these too! Never had a problem finding it in the parking lot. Same head gasket problem too. Mine came with all the camping stuff like the oddly shaped blow up mattress for the back, only used that a few times though. Passed it down to my little brother who used it for tons of hockey equipment.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #77 on: June 10, 2020, 02:45:15 PM »
My first car was a black jellybean.  It was a 2002 Pontiac Aztek.  I was at the lot looking for a 4-5 year old car.  I was waiting for a salesman, but started to wander.  Saw a brand new 2002 Pontiac Aztek MSRP $20k new.  I started doing the math, and with rebates and other incentives, we ended up paying $16k after taxes and a 100k extended warranty.  Apparently, they were having a hard time selling them.  By the way, the Aztek was an awesome car.  It's a van chassis, everything was crazy practical inside, and it made transporting stuff (which I was doing a lot of) very easy.  MPG was so so.  Only downside was that mine blew head gaskets every 60k miles.  Thank God for that extended warranty that they basically handed to us for free!

I had one of these too! Never had a problem finding it in the parking lot. Same head gasket problem too. Mine came with all the camping stuff like the oddly shaped blow up mattress for the back, only used that a few times though. Passed it down to my little brother who used it for tons of hockey equipment.

My family owned a Florist when I was growing up and my favorite delivery vehicle was our Aztec. It held a ton of flowers and was much better to drive around town in than a larger van. We also had the Pontiac Vibe and I adored that car. Wish I had it to this day.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #78 on: June 11, 2020, 04:50:48 AM »
Leg quarters.  Never more than .79/lb, often on sale for .49/lb, and occasionally for .29/lb.

Large cuts of meat, especially after holidays.  Crazy how many people refuse to cook (buy?) a large piece of meat.  When the virus shopping cleared out the small packages, there were still plenty of turkeys and hams, at half the per lb cost.

Carp.  These decent eating fish can be harvested quickly and efficiently in the spring while spawning.  Some just kill them for the fun of it and waste the meat.

Arborist chips.  I can get 3 yards for $5, loaded on my trailer. Ocassionally, the tree truck shows up and dumps 7+ yards. 100+ yards over the years has given me deep, dark soil in my gardens.

Over the years we've gotten various food items given to us for livestock feed.  Many times, it was still fit to eat, so we ate it.

Thrift stores, yard sales, craigslist items.  My dad refuses to buy anything used.
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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #79 on: July 02, 2020, 06:20:03 PM »
Tupperware type containers! They get abandoned after potlucks or in the work fridges and someone needs to love them. I've even tried to return them to people who I had assumed had just forgotten them. They look at me like I have two heads and tell me those are disposable.

I do the same with plastic zipper bags. I've gotten that look many times. Of course they *can* be disposable, but they can also be washed and reused many times.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #80 on: July 03, 2020, 11:27:24 AM »
I revive other people's dying and abandoned house plants. Got this beauty from the trash two years ago.  People throw orchids away after the blooms drop.  What!?

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #81 on: July 03, 2020, 02:00:49 PM »
I revive other people's dying and abandoned house plants. Got this beauty from the trash two years ago.  People throw orchids away after the blooms drop.  What!?

That's awesome! I keep mine and feed them orchid food every now and then -- I have several reblooming right now.

I'm not good with many kinds of plants (and the cats will also nibble on some things -- I had a shamrock get every single damn leaf chewed off) but orchids seem to like the combination of the growing conditions in this house and the (er, "limited") care they get from me.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #82 on: July 03, 2020, 04:42:05 PM »
I've got a rescued orchid on my dining room table right now. It's so humid here, it should be very happy.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #83 on: July 03, 2020, 11:25:13 PM »
The end slices of the loaf of bread.  If i  forget lunch  at work (pre covid) or are feeling a second. several coworkers know Iíll eat the end slices they would normally toss. Combined with my big jars of peanut butter and jelly makes a nice lunch indeed.


My wife  does not eat the crust of the pizza. So i take them  and some garlic dipping sauce or marinara and Voila free breadsticks.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #84 on: July 04, 2020, 05:28:59 PM »
One project I worked on would get fruit boxes delivered and each week they would be cleaned out in minutes except for the granny smith apples which would sit there until Friday afternoon when I would take them home and eat them over the following week. 🤣

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #85 on: July 06, 2020, 08:13:39 AM »
I revive other people's dying and abandoned house plants. Got this beauty from the trash two years ago.  People throw orchids away after the blooms drop.  What!?
Beautiful!

We finally got rid of our orchids before moving recently. We had kept them around for close to ten years and they had maybe bloomed once after we initially received them. Clearly we didnít have the right conditions.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #86 on: July 06, 2020, 03:43:23 PM »
@ysette9 I lived in Sebastopol for a couple of years.  With the long stretches of dreary weather in winter, you would need supplemental light to get them to bloom well in the house.  Similar to African violets.

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Re: What are your "black jelly beans"?
« Reply #87 on: July 06, 2020, 09:30:58 PM »
@ysette9 I lived in Sebastopol for a couple of years.  With the long stretches of dreary weather in winter, you would need supplemental light to get them to bloom well in the house.  Similar to African violets.
Oh interesting! I grew up in the N California area, not too far from Sebastopol. Small world.