Trivial But Annoying

Here is a jidrool who managed to get himself stuck inside a trash can. Don’t let this happen to you! I mean, don’t you hate it when that happens?

I have mentioned such disagreeable suburban customs as leaving little plastic bags of dog poo everywhere, and aiming powerful floodlights at your neighbor’s bedroom window every night. Somehow these aren’t classed as microaggressions and you can’t get people to stop doing them.

Here’s another suburban cultural practice–dumping your garbage into somebody else’s garbage can.

Do they do this in your town? In my town Public Works picks up the trash once a week, so you put your full can on the curb in the evening and they empty it into the garbage truck early in the morning. Your result should be an empty can.

Often, however, by the time you come out to get the trashcan, it’s already full of other people’s fast-food packaging, leftovers, soda cans, and similar detritus. People must stop their cars and dump this stuff into the first empty garbage can they see.

This is the coarsening of our culture. This is a country full of people who never move beyond reading comic books (if they read anything at all), are still in collidge when they’re 25, obsess over how much free stuff they can get from the government, think zombies might be real, throw baby showers for out-of-wedlock  births, and throw their trash into someone else’s can. This is the fruit of public education. This is video games and text messages. This is leaf blowers.

We really could live a lot better than we do. But we’d have to do it on purpose.

12 comments on “Trivial But Annoying

  1. Well, I have to say, at least it’s better than just throwing it out of their car window into the street, right? Right? Sigh.
    Thankfully that’s never happened to us before. Well, the garbage disposal guys always turn ours upside down, so maybe these people are too lazy to turn them upright and put their trash in them. Of course, we frequently find trash in our yard: a beer can, a cigarette box, yesterday there was a McDonald’s happy meal box.

  2. Not only are they inconsiderate enough to wait until it’s emptied before putting their garbage in, but sometimes the trash they throw in is something yucky – like a half-empty uncovered soda. Yes, some of the nincompoops in my neighborhood have done this to me as well And, like Laura, I have had the occasional beer bottle or McDonalds bag thrown into my yard. What can we expect. There is such a lack of respect today – for God, for persons, property, feelings, even life, it’s a wonder they actually look for the trash can.

    1. I’ve lived in a small town all my life, and that’s what I’m used to–except they keep on changing the town out from under me, and the changes are never, never, never for the better.

  3. Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”

    1. Yup–it’s the Obama fans in this neighborhood who keep their floodlights trained on neighbors’ bedroom windows all night. I guess they’re so righteous, at least in their own eyes, that they’re entitled to be boors.

  4. Yes, I know exactly what you are saying. We once owned a large residential and commercial building in a small town, and we constantly had to do battle against people driving down the alley and dumping into our dumpster, then the tenants of the building complained to us, and once or twice, the City even complained to us that our dumpster was running over.!!
    My husband was not too tolerant, and he went and jumped on city hall and complained about “their citizens” doing this to us and our tenants. Boy, what a deal. Unruly teens even came and painted graffiti on the garages behind the building. Glad I don’t own the thing any more.

  5. Leaf blowers … my blood pressure just went up. Why is it necessary to use these monstrosities even on the smallest patches of lawn? What’s so horrible about a rake? — more horrible, that is, than a smell of machine oil and an ear-splitting noise that goes on and on and on and seems never to end because the leaves keep moving from one place to another and have to be chased back to where they started from instead of being raked quietly into a leaf bag … excuse me while I go try to get my teeth unclenched.

    1. I’m with you Phoebe! First, the noise made with leaf blowers is obnoxious, but who in their right mind wouldn’t rather rake the leaves, enjoying the wonderful smells of fallen leaves over the unpleasant odors emanating from their motor-driven appliances? The only answer I have is lazy nincompoops. But then, I’m one of those people who never liked motor driven lawn mowers either, preferring instead my old fashioned push mower where the only power was what I provided 🙂

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