Trash

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Our six feet of snow is finally melting. I can smell Spring in the air. It's sloppy and wet and raining and it's wonderful. The piles of sand are appearing where snow used to be. And most mornings I can hear the birds chirping. There's still a good four feet of snow in the backyard, but it's going! I tell you, those dark days of February were just about enough to kill me. It's like Winter was never going to end and I was going to die a deep, dark death of the soul.

Back to the melting. Along with the piles of sand, there is trash everywhere. I guess people think they aren't really littering if it's hidden by the snow? At one of the gas stations I go to, there's a huge pile of snow and as it's melting, it's turning out to be a huge pile of plastic cups, pizza boxes, broken baby dolls and just plain CRAP. Like someone cleaned out their car in a snow drift and called it good. It's like an archeological dig. Layers of trash, then layers of snow, then a nice layer of ice, more trash and then more snow. But the most impressive find was on this morning's walk in to the hospital. A condom wrapper. In the hospital parking lot. What? I mean, maybe a park? Maybe behind a bar or restaurant? Along a back alley? In a driveway? But the hospital parking lot? Who has sex in the hospital parking lot? Seriously.

Obviously, I have lots more to learn.

11 comments:

Malaise Inc said...

That reminds me of a marginally related incident from a number of years ago.

My wife and I were at our favorite Mexican restaurant, which is across the street from the local community hospital. So, a scuzzy guy comes in with his girlfriend/wife. She is rather disheveled and dressed only in a hospital gown. Yes, one of those hospital gowns. She is seriously out of it, so the restaurant owner calls the police, who show up and take her back to the hospital.

I have to assume that she had been involuntarily committed to the psych ward and he had sprung her. Otherwise, I am not sure the police have any standing to take her back.

True story.

BrianAlt said...

Perhaps it's the plows that tend to collect whatever they come across?

buffalodick said...

As the snow is melting here this week, we just have bare trees, dead grass, and mud.. oh yeah..and a bumper crop of pot holes!

melissalion said...

The plastic dolls are creepy. I once was on the freeways and a plastic doll truck had dumped dolls all over the freeway so there we were driving over all of these plastic dolls.

Did I mention they were life-sized?

Allie said...

Wow. That's an interesting one. I always see a lot of lone shoes on the side of the road this time of year.

The Good Cook said...

Oh yuck, yuck, yuck. What kind of person:
1. has sex in a hospital parking lot and
2. just throws the wrapper out the window?

At least it wasn't the actual condom, I saw one of those a few months back on the side of the road.

Now I have to wash my brain out with soap.

anne h said...

Funny stuff, there!
Don't worry, it could always be worse!

Bev said...

I'm glad you're getting a taste of spring! We are enjoying some lovely sunny weather here, too.

A condom wrapper in the hospital lot? EW! Of all the unsexy places....

badmuthafudruckers said...

Hey - if anything goes wrong, you're only steps away from help.

At least, that's what I hope they were thinking.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Around here, when it snows, people think they don't have to pick up after their dogs. Idiots. Don't they know it's EASIER to pick up in the winter than in the slushy spring or leaves-ridden fall? Geez.

Maybe the hospital dispenses condoms to unruly teens who like to blow up condoms like balloons and let them fly away?

The Pollinatrix said...

It was starting to be awesomely spring-like here. It even rained yesterday, in a place where it rarely rains. But then the rain turned into snow, and we're supposed to get three more days of it. Boo.