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The old man and his bag …

My son and I were on a mission to Home Depot near St. Paul when we came upon this surprising scene of citizen action at work. 

This older gentleman was picking up trash a couple of blocks north of Rte. 110. The unflattering photo of his rear end isn’t up to my usual middling standards – but this was the best I could do in a few seconds as we waited at a stop light. 
As our line of traffic began to move, I yelled out ‘way to go!’ But he couldn’t hear me. We drove on while he stayed put, going about his civic duty. 

How did he reach the juncture that moved him to such action? Was he tired of seeing the mess? Was this part of his routine? No real way to know. But he was getting after it, and Minnesota was better off for his efforts. 

About Dave Bradley (247 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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