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The whole shooting’ match…

These days it’s dark before my weekday walks are finished. There’s not enough light to chronicle the volume of daily trash in photographs, one bag at a time.

So my booty gets stashed out of sight behind a hedge at the back of the house. I don’t want my neighbors to become any more agitated with their local bagman than they already might be.IMG_3164

So after this morning’s trek (out the door at 6:31 a.m.) I put all of the week’s bags on the driveway for an atypical ‘group’ photo. Kind of a rogue’s gallery of plastic, a boatload of polystyrene, assorted paper, a Toyota hubcap and other debris from a wreck – in all, just a lot of shit.

I dumped it out to see what a colossal pile might look like.

Here is the week's worth of shit looks like en masse. Not a very pretty picture but at least it's out of circulation.

Here is the week’s worth of shit looks like en masse. Not a very pretty picture but at least it’s out of circulation.

The whole shootin’ match created a mass – 15 lbs. or so – that was re-bagged minutes later according to litter type: hard plastic in one bag, plastic sheeting in another, etc. All of it prepped for recycling.

Not an unsatisfying way to start a Saturday. Besides, Stephen Stills and The Rides Don’t Want Lies (“I wake up in the shadows of my dreams wondering what it is I seek”) was a good tune to walk to on a chilly morning. I know what I seek, and it’s a cleaner path.

About Dave Bradley (264 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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