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A new #1 ‘Most Abhorred’!

For the longest time, #1 on my ‘Most Abhorred’ list were those little plastic tooth floss thingies that you see scattered so carelessly about.

I absolutely loathe picking those #$*^& things up.

Lately, though, a new challenger has surfaced as my most hated piece of junk tossed aside by idiots. It is the cellophane wrapper top from packs of cigarettes. These accursed mini-sheets of plastic are ascending to #1 if only because they outnumber the tooth floss thingies by a 20-to-1 margin. Yeah, that’s an unscientific sampling but it’s close enough for government work.

These cig-pack zip tops are rapidly gaining as my new #1 pet peeve.

These cig-pack zip tops are rapidly gaining as my new #1 pet peeve.

And these zip-off tops are everywhere. It’s not an official walk unless I stoop to pick up a few. Apparently, the tops come with manufacturer instructions to “Toss Carelessly Aside.” It’s one set of orders people are keen to follow.

I’ve yet to devolve to cigarette butts. If I focused on those, I wouldn’t finish my walk in the same year it started.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I was a writer by trade so one would think letters would come easily for me. It is so now, but wasn't always that way. Indeed, the first letter was written the Monday after Ellen started her freshman year in college. For years I've wondered - with no good answers - why I swiveled my office chair toward my computer screen to fire up a word processing document for that first letter. I just don't know. I just did. Perhaps it was the angst of separation or wanting to say things that had gone unsaid at that moment when we parted ways in front of her college dormitory. What was a one-off became habitual. When her brother Reid enrolled in the same college, his name was added to the salutation line. They were kids then and are adults now. No matter. The letter writing habit remains so today. I live in Brevard, North Carolina. I'm well away from where they live and don't see them nearly as often as I'd like. That's why letters, at least to me, fill the void of distance. The pages give me something to say and the space to say it. There is no assurance they read the letters; indeed, I have never asked if they do so. With the pace of their busy lives who could blame them for letting a letter sit unopened? Over time, it has dawned on me that the letters are both communicative - and cathartic. By nature, letters are about the writer; the writer can only write about their situation. Perhaps that is as it should be. It's all about the here and now from one person's perspective.

1 Comment on A new #1 ‘Most Abhorred’!

  1. Bob Furstenau // September 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm // Reply

    So shows you how stupid the cigarette companies are…they don’t put their logos on the top wrapper. All the rest of the litter is post consumed advertising and I am sure subsidized by our taxes somehow. And, oh yeah…I have always wanted a bumper sticker “smokers…keep your butts off the street”.

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