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Some car parts peek out of this bag. Dumping the bag out only to pick up however many pieces of plastic there are would be like moving sand from one pile to another. The bag will go straight to the recycle bin.

Some car parts peek out of this bag. Dumping the contents out only to pick up however many pieces of plastic there are would be like moving sand from one pile to another. The bag will go straight to the recycle bin.

Two vehicles done put a good whoop ass on each other at the intersection of Sharon View and Colony Roads. Somebody was in a hurry; the other driver, not so much.

An otherwise peaceful Saturday stroll was lengthened by 15 minutes while I scooped up various pieces of front or rear ends. I couldn’t tell which. Well, that’s not entirely true. I tossed aside the rod that held up the hood of one of involved vehicles. One thing is known, the front of one car and the rear of the other don’t look like they did moments before their unfortunate run in. There were hundreds of pieces of plastic scattered in the roadway, and my foot served as an impromptu broom in the early a.m. darkness to sweep the mangled bits and pieces together.

One can only wonder what goes through the mind of a driver (‘What the?…‘) in the moments before their car will unavoidably smack another vehicle. I don’t mean a life-threatening full speed collision, but the type that’s going to mess up both cars pretty damn good and leave the drivers unscathed.

The fall line of the accident scene would eventually migrate the shards to a storm drain about 10 yards away. From there the debris would find McMullen Creek. It was worth it to spend a little while kicking the former car parts into manageable piles.

The initial thought was ‘This would make a great photo‘ but I’ve since backed away from that. To dump the bag out on the driveway would mean picking it all up all over again. I’ll pluck out the non plastic junk and leave in the bag the chunks of two cars that wish they’d never met.

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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