We’ve had a lot of rain in these parts (the South) the past week or so, enough so that it was too wet and gloomy to dump junk on the driveway each day for the perfunctory photo op. So the refuse sat in bags, stewing in its own juices – almost quite literally.
But today broke into sunshine and warmth. Time to do the dirty work since the recycling truck comes tomorrow morning.
It takes 10 minutes per bag, give or take, to dump out the sordid contents, do a sort of photo arrangement (the bottles and cans always go in the upper left hand corner, but don’t ask me why that is), then hand sort through the gunk to stow it by junk-type; one bag for metals and plastics, one bag for plastic bags and wrappers and a final bag for the non-recyclable (at least not in Mecklenburg County) polystyrene and other baddies.
Four bags = roughly 40 minutes. I wasn’t in the mood for such drudgery and in a true moment of weakness (and pique), I decided to dump all of the crap out at once for a ‘group shot.’
It was the usual, predictable and sundry; Coors Light and Miller Lite and Bud Light cans – not to mention several other beer brands, remnants of McDonalds and Burger King packages, broken tail lights from wrecked cars as well as a busted Chevy name plate, Evian and Deer Park and Dasani and other generic water bottles, a plastic to-go box, Coke and Mellow Yellow bottles, polystyrene cups galore (or is that abhor?), drinking straws and lids from assorted gas stations and fast food eateries, cigarette boxes and wrappers (at least a dozen) and assorted plastic thingies I didn’t, or wouldn’t, take the time to count.
It was a putrid pile of a sopping mess. But never before had I lumped multiple days into the same photo. What it does, in all its seamy glory, is put into context just how much sh-t there is along one three mile path day after day after day. I mean, take a look at the picture closely: four days of unthinkingness by morons, dolts, bozos and slobs. Really, WTF?
Don’t put it past me to stow away trash for a week and take a shot of the aggregate junk. Wouldn’t that be a pretty picture?