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There’s a very trashy corner down the road I'd like to go out and pick up trash from, but due to traffic should only be navigated on foot very early and I haven't solved the sleep problem to wake up early enough. The other Sunday when I went to my little sister’s, her husband was doing that same thing. He gets on an ATV and drives a ways down his road, one direction then the other, grabbing all the trash he can.

I think you have to do it with a good spirit, otherwise it becomes something bothersome. When I lived in Pittsburgh at the top of scenic Mt. Washington, the old men in the neighborhood went around picking up trash from the yards and street every Saturday morning. The trash was from the weekend customers of the bars and restaurants nearby, so they were angry about it, and grumbled the whole time. That’s no way to pick up trash. But at least they had a community sense of clean to do it at all.

Reminds me of a documentary about Asian women, Small Happiness. Actually I may have seen it interspersed with other documentaries, because I could have sworn the city parts were in Japan. Anyway, they showed different women’s lives: One woman was a stay-at-home wife to a well-off businessman. She and every other woman who lived in her high-rise apartment building went out to the halls and stairway every morning, got down on their knees, and swept and scrubbed flights of stairs. They kept everything clean that was used by all and there was no need for a maintenance staff to do it. I’ve read it’s the norm that Japanese clean their neighborhoods meticulously. I really like this.

posted on May 14, 2020 8:06 AM ()


The Matlacha Hookers (it started with a small group of women who hooked doilies -- it's a needle skill, who knew) that has grown into a substantial philanthropic club, got volunteers to clean up Pine Island Road. We went out one morning with bags and gloves and gathered trash for several hours. Most of it from tourists. The locals don't do this. The local paper covered it. I got my picture in the paper. It was an awful photo. I told people someone used my name.
comment by tealstar on May 15, 2020 7:00 AM ()
Their name is priceless, people should join just for that.
reply by drmaus on May 15, 2020 10:14 AM ()
I love to find stuff that I can repurpose. My latest fiasco was getting 4 passage doors and bringing them home to make a screen. Unfortunately Ted was not enthusiastic and it never got done so I gave them to Tina who had no bedroom doors. I am now staring at a wicker coffee table wondering what I can do with it other than putting it at the curb. I am thinking shelves for gardening tools. I never think of keeping the neigborhood clean...just what I might do with curbside giveaways.
comment by elderjane on May 15, 2020 5:10 AM ()
Wicker is one type of furniture I hesitate to buy used, it seems to have too many nooks and crannies for microorganisms. I'd have to dunk it in bleach water.
reply by drmaus on May 15, 2020 10:13 AM ()
I'm satisfied just picking up the crap people throw out of the car window onto my lawn.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 14, 2020 12:15 PM ()
It's too bad that even out in the country people litter.
reply by drmaus on May 15, 2020 10:12 AM ()
I agree. It's a never-ending project that has to be approached with an internal motivation to make our small part of the world a better place. Sometimes my internal motivation is: 'If I wanted to look at a mess, I'd stay at home.'
comment by traveltales on May 14, 2020 8:19 AM ()
My own mess at home is so boring. No wonder we look other places for it.
reply by drmaus on May 14, 2020 10:02 AM ()
Seeing the title I thought it was going to be all about me---oh well, it wasn't!
comment by greatmartin on May 14, 2020 8:13 AM ()
Then it would've been titled: GreatTrash
reply by drmaus on May 14, 2020 9:58 AM ()

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