i was minding my own business.
but not for long apparently. LOL.
there are just a few things i’m passionate about . . .
of any child . . . animal . . . or person who can’t help themselves
of trees (as you already know) or anything innocent on this planet
of our environment. our oceans. our land. our forests. our air.
that’s about it.
otherwise i keep my mouth shut.
but boy . . .
this particular day . . .
i almost had it shut for me!
i was standing in line behind a big burly guy.
no. that’s not him in the picture. but close! you get the idea.
he had a cart FULL of 12 cases of bottled water . . . each holding
12 bottles. 144 plastic bottles of water. that’s all that was in it.
now . . . as it turns out . . . he wasn’t mad at me until later.
his real anger was with our city.
it had recently started a ‘curbside recycling’ program.
the entire population got to vote on it in an open election.
it passed unanimously. a tiny amount . . . something like 1.00 would
be added to our trash/water bill each month.
they even provided the green bin to put your recyclables in.
pickup would be once a week . . . with your regular trash.
the cashier said . . .
“wow! you must have quite a thirst! do you drink all this yourself?”
he smirked. (yes. he smirked. this is my story.)
he smirked. and replied “i sure do. i drink all of this every week.”
of course i had to chime in.
“great scott! all of that in a week! wow! it’s a good thing we have
“i ain’t never recycled nothin’ and i ain’t startin’ now.”
he towered over me. i’m a midget compared to this guy.
i’m also apparently a banty rooster. they’re little and they’re MEAN.
i said “you don’t recycle???!!!” i couldn’t believe my ears.
“i sure as hell don’t. nobody’s gonna tell me what to do with my
trash. especially not city hall.”
i couldn’t believe my ears again. i said in amazement . . .
“you’ve got to be kidding! please say you’re kidding.”
the cashier couldn’t believe what was going on right before her
horrified eyes. she had frozen.
i think she was considering calling security to have the idiotic giant
and the mean banty rooster removed from the store.
or at the very least . . . from her immediate area.
i said . . .
“well. that’s just stupid. you’re not hurting city hall.
you’re hurting mother nature. do you realize these things do NOT
disintegrate?” thinking as i said it . . .
he no doubt hasn’t got a clue what disintegrate means.
“i mean they don’t ROT. they’ll lie there for hundreds of years.
i’m sorry . . . but i just can’t believe you would put 144 plastic
bottles in the landfill every. single. WEEK !!!!”
he got very quiet. he lowered his voice menacingly.
he moved very close to me. he bent down . . . into my face.
“little lady. if you was a man . . . i’d punch you out.”
and with that he smashed his big fist into the palm of his other hand.
it made a huge smacking sound. he was big.
the cashier looked at me with a silent pleading face . . .
her face was saying
“PLEASE. just shut UP!”
in our state . . . just like texas . . . you can carry a gun.
the law allows it starting on november 1st of this year.
that’s next month.
this incident took place a few years ago.
in the wild west the more violent people swaggered around with
a gun or two guns in their holsters. people just got used to it.
i suppose i’d have been shot for mouthing off like that back then.
perhaps i will have to be more careful about my banty rooster mouth.
i’d hate to have it shut someday by a colt .45 !!
if we’re reverting back to the stupid violent days of the past wild wild west
here in the modern wild west . . .
then the banty roosters will just have to post pictures of the mess
the idiots like him are making of this planet into their peanut blogs.
this is what he’s creating . . .
it’s beyond sad. it’s tragic. and we’re all waiting for
somebody else to do something about it.
or we’re people like him who are too ignorant to even get it.
i have a simple water purifyer on my faucet.
i fill and refill containers that stay in my fridge and will never
see a landfill. and we can recycle what plastic we do occasionally
have to use.
that’s the least we can do.
for mother nature.
and our children.