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A good walk spoiled …

As background, my evening picker-upper walk begins roughly at 5:30, give or take a few minutes on either side.

So it was last night. But I had scarcely exited my development – literally, I wasn’t on Sharon View Road for 10 steps – when the first polystyrene ‘peanut’ came into view. I knew this would lead to nothing good.

Where there’s one peanut, there’s more.

I didn't dare empty this bag, lest the peanuts blow away in the wind.

I didn’t dare empty this bag, lest the peanuts blow away in the wind.

And did that turn out to be correct. These little enemies, hundreds of them, littered the next 100 yards or so. Rather than reach cruising speed, the next 15 minutes were spent corralling these curlycue beasts one by stinking one as I hopscotched across both sides of Sharon View. If there was a feel-good moment about this peanut pile, it was that several of the things were recovered from the brink of two storm drains. Alas, several could be seen having slipped through the grates. The next stop for these floaters: McMullen Creek.

A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale bottle and Bud Light can were tossed into the bag for good measure. Yet the damage was done; my morale was a goner and, for the first time in eight years, my walk was not completed. I turned tail and retreated home after this dispiriting 100 yards of peanut purgatory. Indeed, it was a good walk spoiled.

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.

1 Comment on A good walk spoiled …

  1. jacobsbranch // December 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm // Reply

    Dave-have you ever asked if other countries permit or outlaw the use of these styrofoam peanuts? Is this a U.S. phenomena?

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