Someone at work looked at my thermos and asked, "You like Starbucks?"
I looked at the logo on my thermos, thought a moment and said, "Oh, someone gave that to me."
I didn't feel like telling the truth which was that I found it on the sidewalk. I was really wishing for a good thermos to take my tea to work and one day, on my lunch break while walking up the hill on Castro up to to 20th Street, there was the thermos of my dreams. It still even had the price tag on the bottom. It cost something like 28 bucks brand new. I knew that it was okay to pick up because it was purposely sitting right outside someone's house alongside a coffeemaker as if someone just decided to quit his/her coffee habit. The Castro is a pretty darn clean neighborhood too; I wasn't getting any cootie vibes from it, so I took it home, washed it, and have been using it ever since.
But anyways, I just don't think that Los Angeleans get the whole if-you-don't-want-it-then -just-put-it-on-the-street-for-someone-else-who-can-use-it mentality. People here may think I'm crazy if I told them the truth. Actually, some San Franciscans may think so too.
All I have to say is that I've put together some pretty cute outfits from some clothes that I've found while out and and about in SF. Every single one of my found items have received a compliment!