The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Impromptu Community Service

The weather is really quite nice today, so I took a walk to Bear Creek for lunch (good soup, lackluster sandwich). On the way back, I noticed a bit of trash around the elementary school and in front of the condos, so after returning to my unit, I grabbed a kitchen bag from under the sink and spent a half hour doing garbage patrol, covering the perimeter of Brigadoon and the perimeter of the elementary school grounds.

Trash duty tells you a bit about the area where you're living. For the most part, it was small paper trash. I picked up a few aluminum cans, mostly discarded beers, and I found a six pack of little Sutter Home wine bottles by a fence. There were lots of straws along with some wrappers from fast food and snacks. Multiple dryer sheets that had probably blown away on garbage day.

The oddest thing I noticed was a run of coax cable coming out of the fence by one our our units, snaking along the ground, then going back through the fence a couple of units down. I'm not sure what they're sharing, but it didn't look like a professional job.

By the time I got home, the bag was about 1/3rd full. It was good to get some more walking in, and it certainly made me more observant about the area around my house. Maybe I'll take a bag with me the next time I walk out to lunch and do some more trash pickup along Amherst.
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