Scrap Metal Your Neighbors Throw out is Free Money

If you have a pickup truck, you have a rolling business. If times are tough, there are things you can do to earn extra cash. When they cut the overtime at work, I took the time I would have been working extra hours at my job and put them to use collecting metal. Aluminum, copper, tungsten and other metals are worth money to scrap metal dealers, and most people just throw out metal scraps. I did not even tell people I was hurting for money. I just asked every family member, coworker and neighbor to keep aluminum cans and other metals for me. For people close by, I just picked them up. For coworkers who lived farther away, they brought them to me. I told people at work to just toss them in the back of my pickup truck.

I asked all my neighbors if they put out scrap metal for the trash if it would be okay if I picked it up. Some people call that garbage picking. I call it free money. As I said, I did not tell anyone it was for income. I did not deny it if asked, but I just mentioned the recycling aspect of it and how they could easily do their part. I had people give me scrap copper wire, aluminum cans and much more. Steel is not worth much, but it can be sold to scrap metal dealers too. Tungsten is heavy for its size, and it goes for about five bucks or more per pound, depending on where you live.

There is scrap value in most things people throw out. If you have specialized scrap dealers that want certain things in your area, you can focus on just those things. I like to deal with easy to find metal such as aluminum and copper that people throw out. People throw out a lot of aluminum. It is used to make cans, pots and pans, gutters, storm doors, outdoor furniture and more. Every ounce adds up to cash in your pocket.

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Puzzles and a Small Dent

A brush with a parking post left a small dent in my car. The car was still functiuining, and the dent wasn’t really that bad, but seeing it there really started to annoy me. It made my perfect car look like an imperfect mess. I used my phone to navigate to and scheduled to have someone come to fix my dent. In the meantime, I did the daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper. I like doing the puzzle because it gives me a great mental workout, and sometimes learn about new things that I normally wouldn’t have on my own.

It only took a few minutes for the repair worker to come to my car. While he used his tools to get out the dent, I continued to work on the puzzle. I thought I would have enough time to finish the entire puzzle while the dent was being fixed, but the worker was done before I had a chance to fill in three more words. Since the dent was fixed, I had no reason to stay parked, so I made my way home. I drew a bath and sat in the tub with my puzzle.

I filled in a few more words, but then the phone started ringing. It was my brother, so I had to take the phone call. I picked up the phone and had a long conversation with him while I was taking the bath. I didn’t get a chance to fill in a single word while I was talking to him. By the time I was done talking to my brother, my water had gone cold. I got out of the tub and dried off. Then I went to the bed and started working on the puzzle again. I was able to fill in one word and fell asleep.

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Riding is Different Than Watching

Out of my circle of friends, no one likes race horses as much as I do. I always keep up with the latest in horse racing news, and watch all of the events. Even when I don’t have a television around, I’ll either look on my phone for updates, or listen to a race on the radio in my car. My friends thought it would be a good idea to let me race on a horse since I loved them so much. They took me to a training facility one day and let me sign up for racing training. I thought it would be a piece of cake for a racing lover like me, but it was an entirely different story.

When I climbed on the horse for the first time, it was like I was getting on top of a car, with my legs wide open. I was a little afraid that the horse would fly back and I would fall off and injure myself like that famous actor. The horse just stood there while trembled like a little kids. My friends were getting a pretty good kick out of my fear. The trainer helped me ease into riding on the horse. I was going slowly like the kids that ride the horse at the fair.

Once I became more comfortable being on the horse, it picked up a little more speed, but I made it slow back down because I was still a little afraid. Eventually I shed my fears and the horse began running at a normal pace. For all of the fear that I had towards the horse in the beginning, it’s a pretty gentle animal. I worked until I got better at riding on the horse, until I could ride as fast as the jockeys in the races that I’ve seen.

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