What I Hated the Least Today 78/365: Dump

Mouth of hell

I woke up today with a bit of script whirling obsessively round my head: var_dump($blahblah);. This is a developer’s query and is perfectly useless for me to remember at the early stage of my evolution into a geek. My three-week IT course left its indelible marks on me: not only do I have nightmares in which code validators scream red at my code, now I also wake up with a dump in my head.

Wondering if my dump wake-up might have an instructive meaning, I looked around to discover that I actually live in a dump. Now, from my perspective, dump at home happens when I fail to vacuum the floor daily and when I fail to take recyclable rubbish to the bin regularly. Most people would probably call my dump a clean place.

Since I’m me and not most people, I vacuumed thoroughly and took a huge bundle of recyclables out. I could hardly carry the bulk of it. On my way back I stopped in a small shop on the ground floor of my building and got some extra cleaning supplies to soothe my OCD.

I still can’t get the dump out of my head though. Now I think that what the dump dream really meant was that I should skip cleaning and go out to shoot some dump-o-ramas: shout-out to Cardinal Guzman here, go check out his take on the dump-o-rama genre!

Underpass dump-o-rama
Underpass dump-o-rama

Author: Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

18 thoughts

  1. I clean compulsively. More intensely when I am sorting something out or setting my head straight or just feeling wired. The sound of the hoover has a soothing effect. My husband says he will record the sound and lay it by my bed to lull me to sleep.


    1. Yep. I’ve observed the same thing in me. What’s great about cleaning is also that the result can be seen immediately. Unlike other activities in which I engage, like research :-O I really should’ve gone to a cleaning school to feel fulfilled in what I do 😉

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        1. That’s a beautiful description of a waitress’s work. From this perspective, I’d love it. But I hate to wait on people. And, let’s be realistic, I’d probably hate to clean for people too.

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  2. Great pictures … both!!! Before we got the Dyson I didn’t vacuum the floors every day. But once it started, I have to do it daily.

    How convenient, to have a store in the same building!


    1. I must admit I hated cleaning avoided it for as long as I could when I lived in a house. Now that I live on my own in a flat, I clean a lot. It’s comparatively easy to keep a bed sit clean, especially when no one else is there to make mess. Besides the cat, that is.


          1. I know! I never even had a real desire for a house of my own … for several reasons, not just the ‘control thing’ 🙂 There are always problems, things that has to be seen too that cost a lot of money, and you have to ask for help. No way; apartment is for me!


  3. The dumporama photo is a bit blurry, but I hate sharp images of blurry concepts anyway. I prefer blurry images of excellent concepts. I shot a new dumporama this weekend, but haven’t processed and published it yet. Of course I used my phone to shoot, which is the perfect option for dumporamas: easy accessible, no fuzz and no fancy gear.


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