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Beating the rain…

Here is the #1 rule for anyone walking when rain is forecast: “The rain shall fall hardest when the walker is furthest from home.”

That’s how it works, and that’s how it worked today. It. Rained. Hard. It. Poured.

Okay, most of this junk was on the curb; if it rained hard, what is the possibility that all of this goes down a storm drain? Pretty high.

Okay, most of this junk was on the curb; if it rained hard, what is the possibility that all of this goes down a storm drain? Higher than we should tolerate.

Today’s rain recalled my all time favorite adage from the U.S. Postal Service: “Neither snow nor rain nor…” I knew what today’s forecast was, watched the radar for an approaching tropical storm and figured I had to get out on my path while the getting was good.

How come? A couple of reasons. Rain washes things down and away; there is a strong chance the Dasani and Pepsi bottles would go down the proverbial storm drain. Close behind would be the other pieces of plastic; in all likelihood none of it would ever be recovered. It would be downstream for good.

I’m more than willing to endure a drenching if that means less junk ends up where it shouldn’t be. Plus, I found a quarter on the sidewalk. I won all the way around.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility (pickupyourpath.com). 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 these single pagers 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 and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for pickupyourpath.com 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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