Archive for April, 2008

Don't ReUse a Priority Mail Box to Mail Anything!

The USPS has warned a good citizen that he is breaking federal law by re-using a USPS Priority Mail cardboard box in this Denver story. This is stupid.

I once had my mail held at the local post office during a vacation. When I returned, the postmaster handed me my mail in a small cardboard container. I left the cardboard container in the garage, and my cat used it for a bed. When she curled up, she fit perfectly in it. Was that misuse of federal property?

I’ve also reused stamps if they weren’t canceled. I’m in big trouble now.

Thanks for the link, Bill.

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Don’t ReUse a Priority Mail Box to Mail Anything!

The USPS has warned a good citizen that he is breaking federal law by re-using a USPS Priority Mail cardboard box in this Denver story. This is stupid.

I once had my mail held at the local post office during a vacation. When I returned, the postmaster handed me my mail in a small cardboard container. I left the cardboard container in the garage, and my cat used it for a bed. When she curled up, she fit perfectly in it. Was that misuse of federal property?

I’ve also reused stamps if they weren’t canceled. I’m in big trouble now.

Thanks for the link, Bill.

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Percy Priest Lake Clean Up

Cool People Care emailed about this opportunity to help Team Green, Bridgestone Americas and others clean up Percy Priest Lake. As a 30-something, I would boat with a former boyfriend in the 1980s. We drank beer and sunk the cans or bottles in the lake. I was a bad person back then. I would never do that now.

I feel as if I should help out Saturday, but I’m involved with my own Great American Clean Up project along Newsom Station Road. I’m atoning by cleaning up someone else’s litter, while someone else cleans up my litter from long ago.

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Pick Up Your Socks

All of us probably removed our socks when we went wading in the creek as a child. I know I did. But I put them back on after leaving the water, although my feet were usually still wet.

In my neighborhood down by our creek, a child (or at least I hope it was a child) left the socks on the rocks to dry. And forgot them there.

I didn’t pick up the socks to check out the condition, if they were wearable by me or good enough to save. I hope that Mom or Dad sent the litterer back out to find the socks.

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Large Pieces of Plastic

A few weeks ago, there were several pieces of large heavy plastic tarps scattered around the West End Avenue area. I photographed this one on a very windy day. It never moved. I guess that they are part of the construction trash generated by the large number of condominiums being built in the area. I saw another large piece of plastic today.

It is not trash generated by the Country Music Half Marathon and Marathon. Metro has done a great job of cleaning up the large amount of trash generated by that event.

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Why Bag It?

Why put the trash in a bag if you’re just going to throw it on the side of the road? Or did it fall off a pick up truck? I never understand this.

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PlanetTrash Trashes at Music City Half Marathon

It’s impossible to participate in a road race with 32,000 people and not make a mess. I could have taken all my fluids with me, but I wanted to pack as few extra pounds as possible. Since it was raining before the start, I abandoned my orange plastic “rain wear,” designed for one time usage at football games, at the start where the announcers assured me that the plastic rain gear, which many runners were wearing, would be picked up and discarded.

Along the first mile, I saw lots of nice clothes tossed to the side of West End Avenue. I’m sure that the homeless in the area picked them up. At least, I hope they did.

Luckily at the Accelerade and water stations, paper cups were being used, but tons of plastic bottles from Daily’s and Accelerade were the sources of the liquids. I hope that Metro Nashville Public Works recycled all those plastic bottles for 32,000 runners and walkers. I tried to toss the cups into the trash cans, but I never made a hit.

This afternoon, we drove over the first mile of the course, and the trash was gone. Thanks, Nashville, for a great race. Tomorrow, I’ll become a conservationist again.

I didn’t like trashing the roads.

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