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Odds & ends and one offs …

For the compulsive, picking up litter is a 24/7 endeavor.

So this morning I’m motoring out of the fancy Harris Teeter (aka ‘Taj-Ma-Teeter’) on Morrison when I spied this bit of plastic that threatened to wash down into the storm drain with the next big rain. A quick check of my rearview mirrors for cars behind me, and bingo, the driver side door opens.

Gotcha - this plastic ain't going nowhere other than my recycle bin anytime soon.

Gotcha – this plastic ain’t going nowhere other than my recycle bin anytime soon.

Without leaving my comfy seat (is that possible in a Camry?), the Bud Light shrink wrap plastic is corralled and is now safely stowed in my recycle bin. Grabbing junk off the precipice of a storm drain is particularly satisfying.

It’s not at all unusual for me to pick up odds & ends from parking lots. I don’t spend untold amounts of time on this nor are untold amounts of stuff collected; only when a bit of trash or two is within range do I spring – amble, really – into action. Typically the trunk lid is popped open and the offending one offs are tossed inside.

Moral of the story: you can take the collector away from his path, but you can’t take the trash away from the collector.

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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