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A record if records were kept …

There are no records kept of what’s picked up and how much. (What’s really weird/sick/truly odd is that back in the day when this whole shebang started, I used to keep a list on paper of what I retrieved by product brand name. That stupid idea was relegated quickly to the dust bin of bad ideas.)

Pre-dump on driveway. No way this bag could hold another thing.

Pre-dump on driveway. No way this bag could hold another thing.

If competent counsel were to advise me, my disclaimer would read something like “All representations of volumes, quantities, walker discomforts and bitches and other descriptions contained therein are good faith estimates.”

But if records were kept of beverage containers stuffed into a plastic bag, today’s haul would be a single day record.

Post-dump on driveway. If records were kept, this would be it.

Post-dump on driveway. If records were kept, this would be it.

I can’t recall, ever, picking up more than 20 plastic bottles to say nothing of adult beverage containers (I once picked up a case of empties, but to my good fortune, two unopened cans of Bud Light were in the bottom. A guy has to get lucky every once in a while).

But this morning was a bag-stretching, bin-busting take of trash that weighed 7 – 8 lbs. It was a throwback morning in a way; there was so much litter found that the last half mile I went old school by clutching finds in my right hand as was done when I first started this habit. Fortunately for you, at least the legal disclaimer didn’t say anything about profanities because today might have broken another kind of record.

About Dave Bradley (254 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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