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Frigid air = no bag today …

There won’t be photos today of other people’s junk or tales of anti-litter resolve.

I half forgot, half neglected to take a bag out of the pantry this morning. It’s the first time in memory no bag made the trek.

A contributing factor was the arctic air: a wind-whipped 16F at 5:30 a.m. No telling what the windchill was. 6F, 8F? The intent was to keep moving forward and not dawdle to perform the usual routine.

The first mile to the corner of Colony and Fairview Roads was spotless; there was nothing to pick up even if I’d wanted to.

But old habits die hard. There’s no way I can let non-degradable junk lay around. A crushed polystyrene cup was soon picked up and moments later, a flattened mini-liquor bottle was stuffed inside the cup. One of those hotel-size bottles of complimentary water soon joined the collection. After a few other plastic odds-and-ends were retrieved, the cup, and my hands, were full.

To clutch this rag-tag assortment made my mittened hands freezing cold. The conditions were as bitter as I’ve ever felt in North Carolina. The stiff breeze made it feel like a Midwestern February. I double-timed it home as quick as I could, bypassing non-plastic debris I would normally pick up. It’ll still be there tomorrow.

But for the time being, my hands desperately needed the hot cup of coffee that sits just to my right.

About Dave Bradley (260 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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