Maybe you’re above trash-picking, but the guy who drives around my neighborhood on trash night isn’t. Going back a few months, I remember a guy pulling up and picking up some old baby stuff we were tossing. We usually donate or try to sell a few things on Craigslist, but this stuff was really bottom of the barrel – old toys that were passed on to us to begin with, old plastic games missing pieces, an old crib that I half ripped apart to get it out of the baby’s room, etc. Well, as I was in my garage, a pickup truck pulled up started packing the stuff up into the back. He noticed me in the garage and waved and smiled. I didn’t mind, I was glad it was being recycled really, instead of ending up in a landfill. I remember the distinct noise his junky old truck made, as it reminded me of the trucks my dad used to drive us around in growing up.
Well, fast forward to tonight and as I was walking the dog, same loud old junky truck pulled up and was sitting outside my neighbor’s house for a while. I was halfway up the block and was wondering why a truck was sitting outside my house for that long and then realized what he was up to. The guy was loading up some stuff my neighbor threw out. As I got closer, I could see what he was actually picking up. I guess my neighbor did some remodeling and the guy was snagging an old door. And of course, that turned into one of those life events that was destined to be a blog post. This got me thinking about a few things:
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