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A guest submission!

Leave it to my friend Bob in Des Moines to be the first – and so far only – convert to physically pick something up off the sidewalk, photograph the debris and send in the damning photo.

It was an empty Frito Lay bag ditched by some clod in Iowa. One item yes, but a huge leap forward for Pick Up Your Path. Bob successfully removed nuisance trash that won’t be a continued eyesore for him and other walkers and won’t enter the environmental chain.

In one fell swoop, Bob doubled the number of states in the Pick Up Your Path ‘footprint’ (North Carolina and now Iowa) so

Bob made good on his intent to rid his path of junk. One item removed is still significant.

Bob made good on his intent to rid his path of junk. One item removed is still significant.

we effectively have 1/25th of U.S. states in our corner. He doubled the number of citizen walker/picker-uppers in our quest to rid our paths of junk. (What I probably need to do is create a citizen’s page for path zealots who will pick up that one thing, that one piece of junk as often as they can. So if you retrieve someone else’s errant toss, send me the photo, stat.)

The temptation is to ask him ‘what will you pick up tomorrow?’ But one item is way better than nothing.

Thanks, buddy. Much obliged.

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.

1 Comment on A guest submission!

  1. Bob Furstenau // July 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm // Reply

    Thank you Dave, I am picking up stuff daily but I am only going to photograph the ones that i can add a line to…”Frito Lay in my path no more”. There was a Jimmy Johns wrapper last week that appeared to have it’s contents delivered with advertised speed, devoured and then disposed of with the speed of a CARE LESS customer and an even less caring Jimmy John. I was in NYC last week and first block I walked would have resulted in a shopping cart of trash. Keep on picking up…

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