Monday, March 26, 2012

Crash Test: How Not to Recycle

I thought I'd keep it light this morning. There is a lot of crap happening out there in the world. Tryvon Martin's shooting and its repercussions, UNC missing the Final Four, North Korea getting ready to either a) send a satellite into space or b) nuke everyone, and worrying about flour bombs being thrown at us can keep us awake at night.

I had a great blog all ready to go. It was smart and just humerous enough to make you grin and say, "that guy is a genius." I avoided saying "boob" and never, not once, said that I was "statin' the obvious." Not once!

Then, I rolled my trash out to the curb. While I was out there I watched the recycling truck pass by me in a blur. Maybe he thought I was trying to race him to get my recycling to the curb. Maybe he was just in a hurry. Either way, my recycling bin was empty and he flew past me like a PETA member heading to a flour sale. And at the next house, he didn't have time to stop.

But that didn't stop him from extending the automated robot arm (which always makes me wonder if the garbage/recycling truck is actually a Transformer. Sorry, I digress...). He shoots the arm out to grab the recycling bin "on the go," but instead just manages to knock it about 4' away, sending debris across the neighbor's yard in a confetti explosion of soup cans and soda bottles.

Finally coming to a full stop, the guy got out of the truck and tried very hard not to look at me, standing 20 feet away from him. He hiked his pants up and started cleaning up trash with as much dignity as one can muster while cleaning up a mess that you created when you were trying to either be cool or be an asshole, but either way your only witness is looking right at you...and laughing.

That's when I realized that the world could use some humor. So, instead, I thought I'd give you this story in hopes that it makes you laugh as much as it did me.

Oh, also, I wanted to know if any of you thought that garbage/recycle trucks were Transformers, too. I can't be the only one! I mean, c'mon. I feel like I'm statin' the obvious with that one.



  1. I can NOT believe you said "statin' the obvious!" You're better than that!!!!!!

  2. I wish I were. Sometimes I feel ashamed. But mostly, I giggle to myself like a 6th grader.