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A typical Saturday, more typical trash

The best part of my week is Saturday morning. I’m up early, grind some beans for a fresh pot of coffee, grab my to-go cup, then head out the door with my plastic bag to patrol my path.

I get on with the dirty work almost instantly. This morning, the trash came early and often. A chunk of styrofoam here, a smashed plastic bottle there, a Pabst can along the curb. I don’t know how many different items you can count – I don’t care to do that math – but Dairy Queen and Bojangles cups, a Coca Cola bottle and a pack of Camels (with a couple of cigarettes still inside) are a pretty typical representation of my Saturday walks.

i just get so pissed some mornings. Here's this morning's haul. How in the hell does all this mess get to where it is? Why can't people dispose of stuff in a civil manner? It just irritates the hell out of me.

I just get so pissed some days. Here’s Saturday morning’s haul. How in the hell does all this mess get to where it is? Why can’t people dispose of stuff in a civil manner? It just irritates the hell out of me.

As much as I bitch and whine about it, there is a small sense of satisfaction that at least some of the tonnage of trash around this town is out of circulation.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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