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A matter of degrees …

It occurred to me on today’s dawn patrol that there is something pitiable about near-constant picking up after hooligans and goobers (see redneck naming conventions in the Feb. 7 post).

Wishing won't make litter go away. It's there and it needs to be contained. This morning's haul wasn't any different from most Saturdays. It's just the way it is.

Wishing won’t make litter go away. It’s there and it needs to be contained. This morning’s haul wasn’t any different from most Saturdays. It’s just the way it is.

Afternoon after afternoon and weekend morning after weekend morning, it just never stops. It never ceases. Some amount of junk is always there. Slobs throw crap out, I pick it up. That’s how it works. Yet for sidewalk caretakers, there is satisfaction in keeping a stretch of path clean and seeing recyclables reenter the manufacturing chain. That’s all good.

But I just wish that there would be more time to enjoy the stroll for the stroll’s sake and less for the trash part of it. I suppose it’s a matter of degrees. You take the good with the bad. It’s just that the bad seems to outweigh the good on a daily basis.

You just live with it and walk on.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters 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 these single pagers 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 and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 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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