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A pedestrian morning

It was a busy morning, and I don’t mean that in a good sense.

The recycled inventory included beer cans (Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light), Mike’s Hard Lemonade, a Diet Coke bottle, plus the requisite McDonalds-Bojangles-Burger King-Wendys-Chick-fil-A wrappers and containers.

Despite the signage, the earth is not 'for rent'. We're merely borrowing it.

Despite the signage, the earth is not ‘for rent’. We’re merely short term borrowers. I worry about the condition when we return it.

I cannot begin to recount the whole list of trash and junk that ended up in one of two bags (the find of a smaller bag allowed more material to be picked up).

But there were a few bright moments. A bicyclist who passed me at the moment I rescued some item from a storm drain said “thank you.” So did a walker who noticed me stoop over for a McDonalds wrapper. Much appreciated, folks.

About Dave Bradley (260 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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