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A stern message every hour on every channel…

My good friend Dave and I walk the golf course whenever we can. Yeah, there’s lots of golf talk, but we also yammer about bird species we see at our feeders and other mundane stuff. We don’t talk a lot of politics because he’s on one side and I’m on the other.

Lately though, there is something we both agree on.

When we're hoofing it on the course and not trying to beat each other's brains in, Dave (far right) and I sometimes try to figure out what is inherently wrong with slobs who have no couth when it comes to stowing trash in the most ethical and environmentally acceptable manner.

When we’re hoofing it on the course and not trying to beat each other’s brains in, my friend Dave and I sometimes try to figure out what is inherently wrong with slobs who have no couth when it comes to making North Carolina roadsides look like pig styes – or maybe pig sty is an upgrade. Some roadsides look worse than a sty.

Dave, an occasional visitor to these pages, and I have talked about ‘what’s up with the *^&%#@ morons who think nothing of littering our highways and byways?’ Last Sunday we played a course out in the boonies but we both noticed, independent of each other, how incredibly messy the rural roadsides were along our separate routes to the course. Shoulders adjacent to the paved surfaces were lined with incredible amounts – heaps, mounds, piles – of plastic and polystyrene and all manner of other debris. In all honesty, there could not have been a foot between sizably noticeable chunks of junk along significant stretches of highway. If there hadn’t been cars trucking along at high speed behind me, I would’ve stopped to snap a few damn-those-idiots photos. Lord knows I’ll have plenty of other chances as I journey to other out-of-the-way golf courses. The roadsides will look all the same (scroll down to my Feb. 26 post as one slovenly example).

So why the hell don’t people learn?

The answer, Dave suggests, is that we don’t teach them anymore. He reminded me that we were younger – a lot younger – there seemed to be many, many more anti-litter messages on TV. Perhaps a few more public service announcements (PSAs) might bolster a message that is sorely needed. As my dim memory recalls, wasn’t the gist of the bygone messages to put trash in its place? (This would be a great way for an up-and-coming ad agency to build a crackerjack campaign that would grab the attention of slobs and non-slobs alike.)

Aside from more frequency – hey, if it were up to me I’d suggest hourly on every channel – the message ought to be updated to include recycling. But I’d settle for people doing the minimal: at least disposing of their junk in an acceptable manner or at best adequately stowing their refuse in recycle bins.

About Dave Bradley (259 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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