Another Day in the Dumps

Posted on August 14, 2013 by

It was a dreary Tuesday in Baltimore. My Dark Sky app predicted light rain for another 20 minutes. The interns exchanged their normal work attire for grubbies. It was the perfect day for a dumpster party!

2013 Summer interns [Front Row] Clare, Erin, Kathleen, Todd [Back] Kathy, Marissa, Elaine, Trillion had so much fun at the dumpster party, we took their “class picture” inside the dumpster.

2013 Summer interns [Front Row] Clare, Erin, Kathleen, Todd [Back] Kathy, Marissa, Elaine, Trillion had so much fun at the dumpster party, we took their “class picture” inside the dumpster.

We pulled out some ancient crates that have been hiding under staircases and tossed them into the dumpster.

Don’t worry, those crates were certainly used more than once!

Don’t worry, those crates were certainly used more than once!

Remember that really tall TV cabinet that we re-painted for every exhibition?

Visitors crowd around the TV cabinet at the opening of Nancy Patz: Her Inward Eye  in April 2010.

Visitors crowd around the TV cabinet at the opening of Nancy Patz: Her Inward Eye in April 2010.

Wheeled off on two dollies, turned end-over-end and flat on the bottom of the dumpster!

With flat-screen TVs we don’t need a huge cabinet anymore.

With flat-screen TVs we don’t need a huge cabinet anymore.

A couple of rolling chairs that no longer roll, and a dozen or so cracked vitrines were added to the pile.

Then it was time to tackle all of the cardboard bins. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to throw them into the dumpster. But that didn’t stop the interns from breaking down a bunch of boxes by any means necessary—knife, scissors, keys, and some karate kicks.

Many hands make quick work.

Many hands make quick work.

They’re all stacked up and ready to go out with our next recycling.

Can you believe TODAY was our monthly pick-up and we missed it?!

Can you believe TODAY was our monthly pick-up and we missed it?!

Marissa was a bit sad about the amount of non-recyclable foam components and packing material there was.  Kathleen was practical about the approach, “It had to be done.”

Besides re-using the material, what other options do we have for reducing landfill waste?

Besides re-using the material, what other options do we have for reducing landfill waste?

I called it a party, so of course we had cake…

…and cookies, and peanut M&Ms!

…and cookies, and peanut M&Ms!

The JMM summer internship officially concluded on Friday August 9. On behalf of the entire staff of the JMM I would like to thank Trillion Attwood, Elaine Hall, Kathy Harper, Kathleen Morrison, Todd Nesson, Erin Pruhs, Yonah Reback, Clare Robbins and Marissa Walker for all of their hard work and contributions to the Museum this summer… including filling the dumpster!

JobiA blog post by Senior Collections Manager and Official Intern Wrangler Jobi Zink. To read more post by Jobi, click here.

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