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A short confrontation…

I hit the bricks at 6:15 on the dot Saturday morning. I love that time; quiet, no traffic, lots of chirping and commotion from birds. It’s the favorite time in my walk.

But my walk wasn’t two minutes old and only 40 yards from the front entry to my complex when I spotted a large green bottle in a small, rock lined decorative creek that fronts a boutique development of high end million dollar mega-mansions just across the street. The bottle literally was 10 yards off the sidewalk.

As I reached down to retrieve it

The offending bottle that sparked a :15 mini-war of words.

The offending bottle that sparked a :10 mini-war of words.

came some loud, sharp words: “Get out of here or I’ll call the police.” It came from behind some bushes 15 yards up toward the first home. I could see the guy out walking his dog. The holly bushes sequester the development from us riff raff.

My response was equally harsh: “In your f–king dreams, asshole.” And that was the extent of it. He didn’t respond and maybe I wasn’t loud enough. Perhaps I should have tossed the hard plastic bottle up his way. Best case he would have recycled it and saved my load a little weight and space. We’ll never know. If he indeed called the Charlotte Mecklenburg police (doubtful), I was already long gone.

The rest of the walk was pretty uneventful; The usual PepsiCoca Cola and Dasani bottles, the requisite Bud Light and other beer cans, the expected McDonalds, Burger King and other fast food flotsam. All the fireworks happened early.

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 ( 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 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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