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Landfill note digs up lots of memories in Oklahoma

Richard Mize, real estate editor for The Oklahoman, and his readers share memories of trips to “the dump.”
BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor Published: August 16, 2014

Just mentioning “the dump” brought a flood of memories — stinky, adventuresome memories.

And not just for me.

It all started, again, with a brain spark — or maybe an early-senior moment — on Facebook.

I posted: “This might be fun if they’d letcha browse. (Fond memories of goin’ to ‘the dump’ as a young ’un). ‘Residents to clean up on Free Landfill Day: Oklahoma City residents can get rid of big junk at no cost and without waiting for Bulk Waste Day. Free Landfill Day is from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at participating landfills.’”

Folks got it. (More info:

Friend in Stillwater, male: “My favorite ‘dump memory’ is picking off rats with a .22, which, I’m most positive, would be frowned upon today.” He must have a Texas past, because he added: “The aforementioned comment failed to mention lukewarm cans of Pearl.”

I thought this might be a Southern thing, but nope.

Friend in British Columbia, Canada, female: “My mother always browsed, and we had to help — in fact, we’d take weekend drives to dumps. She found some pretty great antiques in those days (’70s), refinished them and still has them.”

Friend in Texas, from northeast Oklahoma, male: “The guy that ran the dump in my hometown was always pulling the good stuff out and displaying it along the road. Better than going to a big hardware store.”

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