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post #21 of 53
My dp and I had a book burning one night. We'd both (a long, long time ago before we'd become the socially conscious, enlightened folks that we are today) done business/economics degrees in University and had been packing around hundreds of pounds of outdated, no re-sale value textbooks that would never be opened again. We sat in front of the fireplace tearing sections out of the books, reading the chapter titles, laughing like mad, and chucking them in the flames. It felt soooooo good.
post #22 of 53
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Originally Posted by Vancouver Mommy View Post
My dp and I had a book burning one night. We'd both (a long, long time ago before we'd become the socially conscious, enlightened folks that we are today) done business/economics degrees in University and had been packing around hundreds of pounds of outdated, no re-sale value textbooks that would never be opened again. We sat in front of the fireplace tearing sections out of the books, reading the chapter titles, laughing like mad, and chucking them in the flames. It felt soooooo good.
I did something like that in college. There was a particular book that we had to read for freshman comp that everyone HATED. We burned that sucker when the semester was over and it felt great!

ETA: So I guess I lied in my PP. I have also burned a book. lol
post #23 of 53
Your location is "Flame Broiled To Perfection GIRLIES" - is it wrong I think you're mot serious? 390 posts, but still... the bit about the movies was a little too contrived for my taste.
post #24 of 53
I hate the smell of trash burning. There are people in my neighborhood who burn styrofoam, and it stinks like nothing else on earth. Plus, I know it isn't healthy to breath.
post #25 of 53
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We've burned couches, mattresses, sections of wall, old window frames, tons and tons of junk mail and ancient paperwork. We've burned old carpets, splintery old outbuildings, moldy clothes, you name it.

(We sort of make our living by cleaning up distressed properties and then reselling them, so our family has had a lot more mess to deal with than most.)

Sometimes it gets out of hand... my Dad burned my mother's entire video collection once while cleaning some drawers out. But mostly fire is cleansing, liberating, and FUN.
How weird, you actually sound proud of this behaviour.

How sad, you've destroyed things that someone could possibly have used. Even if you think it is useless, it might helpful to someone with less than you. Moldy clothing can be cleaned. Someone could use it. That furniture? Maybe it wasn't perfect, but there are organizations that would be grateful for used furniture donations (I know the homeless/detox shelter in the city where I used to live would have loved furniture that wasn't perfect).

Junk mail and paper (even old paper) can be recycled. Not very environmentally responsible to burn that, is it?

And, in the process of your pyromania, you have been polluting the environment. Add to it, it is probably illegal to do so in your area. Most places have burn bans for very good reasons (fire dangers, toxic hazards and irresponsible persons like you).

The materials in most furniture, mattresses and carpets is toxic. Burning sections of wall?? More toxins for the environment.

I hope you had a permit to burn any buildings (arson is a pretty serious charge). It puts an entire area at risk as well as the firefighters that may have to fight it if it gets out of hand.

I don't see burning things as "cleansing, liberating, and FUN."

Please don't tell me you live in Washington state. I'd hate to think you are in my county..................
post #26 of 53
People down here in CR burn their garbage all the time. I HATE the smell! It just can't be good for us or the environment.
post #27 of 53
yikes.
post #28 of 53
Wow people, burning garbage isn't a good thing, but people do it.... There is a difference between kindly informing and educating vs bashing and attacking. If I were her I wouldn't be back to this forum, and that is disappointing, there are often great ideas shared.
post #29 of 53
holy, people! give the girl a break! she obviously isn't as enlightened as you all. she didn't realize that her post was an open invitation to a written beating.

OP - i'm sorry some PPs have been brutal with you.
post #30 of 53
I burned my notes from a class I did really poorly in once.
post #31 of 53
I noticed the OP is MI. Here in rural MI, burning trash and burning in general, is the norm. I wouldn't be surprised if the OP did not realize that it was an environmental danger. People have burn barrels to burn their trash, burn leaves in the fall, burn ditches to keep down weeds, etc, etc. So while I think a little education is in order, I think there are many who posted who could have been a little kinder and gentler. We have also burned to get rid of thing we had no other way of disposing of.: Although AFAIK they were natural materials (old mattresses couches etc were cotton,jute, burlap, etc.)

Oh and I would TOTALLY love to know how to clean moldy clothes. I have tried EVERY idea recipe I've come across (Even tilex and straight bleach, since the item was a total loss anyway. The tilex ate the fabric.) I'm not being snarky, I'd really like to know, I have had to pitch lots of mildewed clothes and I'd like to be able to at least save some favorites when it happens.
post #32 of 53
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Wow people, burning garbage isn't a good thing, but people do it.... There is a difference between kindly informing and educating vs bashing and attacking. If I were her I wouldn't be back to this forum, and that is disappointing, there are often great ideas shared.
ITA with the above post.

I've been thinking about this thread a lot, and wanted to say something similar, but did not. Thank you for being more courageous than me.
post #33 of 53
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Originally Posted by DTmama1 View Post
Wow people, burning garbage isn't a good thing, but people do it.... There is a difference between kindly informing and educating vs bashing and attacking. If I were her I wouldn't be back to this forum, and that is disappointing, there are often great ideas shared.
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holy, people! give the girl a break! she obviously isn't as enlightened as you all. she didn't realize that her post was an open invitation to a written beating.

OP - i'm sorry some PPs have been brutal with you.
Honestly, unless you live in a hole or under a rock, I don't really think there's any excuse for not knowing that burning synthetic/plastic things=bad. I figured it out for myself, as a child, without any help from Al Gore. In today's climate of ever-increasing environment awareness... that information is practically everywhere. The media is saturated with it. It doesn't take "enlightenment" to have a freakin' clue.

The OP asked for opinions, and she got them. You shouldn't ask for people to voice their thoughts, and then expect every single person to either agree with you or to mince about and be all puppies and rainbows and sunshine unicorns about it if they don't. And it's completely ridiculous to get all butt-hurt about it just because some random people on an online forum aren't being super nicey-nice.

I said exactly what I would have said to the OP if we'd been chatting face to face. I am personally rather horrified at the thought of all that toxic stuff being burnt. But I didn't call names or bash. I didn't attack. I wasn't rude or inflammatory. I simply disagreed. And I didn't sugar coat it to death because we are adults. If the OP doesn't like it, she can put on her big-girl undies and suck it up. Seriously.

Personally, I think the OP must have a pretty good sense of humor about it, if you look at her location: "Flame Broiled To Perfection GIRLIES"


Serendipity
post #34 of 53
I'd also like to know how to save moldy clothes. I have several items that I just washed a couple of times and cut the good pieces out to use in a quilt. (I'm saving all our stained/no good clothes to make a quilt out of one day.)
post #35 of 53
um. ew? stank?
post #36 of 53
I set my best friend's hair on fire once by accident. She's was fine, but uh....ooops!
post #37 of 53
I hate the smell of burning garbage, but oh, isn't the fire soooooo pretty. As much as I would prefer people not to do it for environmental and stink reasons, I totally understand the attraction. I used to work in labs, and I always felt more at home if someone was using a bunsen burner.
post #38 of 53
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Originally Posted by Serrendipity View Post

The OP asked for opinions, and she got them. You shouldn't ask for people to voice their thoughts, and then expect every single person to either agree with you or to mince about and be all puppies and rainbows and sunshine unicorns about it if they don't. And it's completely ridiculous to get all butt-hurt about it just because some random people on an online forum aren't being super nicey-nice.

I said exactly what I would have said to the OP if we'd been chatting face to face. I am personally rather horrified at the thought of all that toxic stuff being burnt. But I didn't call names or bash. I didn't attack. I wasn't rude or inflammatory. I simply disagreed. And I didn't sugar coat it to death because we are adults. If the OP doesn't like it, she can put on her big-girl undies and suck it up. Seriously.
post #39 of 53
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Originally Posted by rachelsmama View Post
I hate the smell of burning garbage, but oh, isn't the fire soooooo pretty. As much as I would prefer people not to do it for environmental and stink reasons, I totally understand the attraction. I used to work in labs, and I always felt more at home if someone was using a bunsen burner.

I was just telling my mom the other day that I totally understand arson. No other criminal/deviant behavior makes sense to me the way that wanting to burn things down does.
post #40 of 53
I love you elspethshimon.
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