Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Saying for the day: One man's garbage is another man's treasure.

Today is garbage day. That means my wife is already up and hauling the bags out to the curb. They have to be out by six o’clock in the morning. You can’t put them out the night before because there are a few loose dogs that might rip them open. Then if the garbage is light there is the wind that might take our garbage to visit at the neighbor’s place. So on garbage day Betty gets up early.
We generate a lot of garbage.
Every week our ongoing cleaning of the basement generates at least one big garbage bag. If it weren’t for eBay and freecycle there would be a lot more.
Then there is the kitchen garbage. That consists of at least one big bag every week and that doesn’t count the recyclables . All the pop cans go in one special bag and all the paper in another. Every other week they pick up our cardboard which has to be cut and tied in neat stacks. We put out a lot of cardboard.
This week there was extra garbage. All the wrappings from the birthday party and the containers the toys came in , mostly plastic.
Garbage is, of course, as old as civilization. Many of the artifacts that archeologists find come from the garbage of another age. Things like half an oil lamp or a broken spearhead.
I suppose we will have to pay more to have the garbage picked up since the price of gasoline and diesel fuel is going up. It is also getting harder to find some place to put the stuff.
Some day some really smart person will invent something that turns our garbage into electricity and solve two problems at one time.
The other thing that garbage is good for is it gives you something to blog about on a day when you have blogger’s block.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. People are still talking about last night. The town dragon was in the middle of one of the most spectacular displays ever. There was fire shooting in every direction. It was like four fourth of Julys rolled into one. When suddenly on the far end of the street it was as if a hole opened and a big green dragon appeared. It was larger than the town dragon. It flew down the main street until it touched wings with ours and then they flew off together wing tip to wing tip in the direction of Mt. Hillary. Now our Michigan Department of Natural Resources expert says it looks like what the dragon was doing was a mating dance. Like the one done by a peacock. He’s an expert shouldn’t he have guessed this before? People are wondering if this is the end of the dragon displays and the dragon parties.
Petrovich says he has found a driblet that just might fit what has happened. He is going to try to have it translated by tomorrow.
Pastor Joan is having a problem with the church secretary. The secretary was there long before Pastor Joan, some say before Moses, and likes things done her way. She doesn’t tell Pastor Joan how to preach and Pastor Joan shouldn’t tell her how to run her office. But Pastor Joan feels that a number of things need to change including the computer system. The computers in the church are not networked and should be according to the Pastor. But the secretary hates the very word change and is resisting with every bone in her body. She is threatening to quit and people have already begun taking sides. Last Lutheran could be in for some tough times.
Will the dragon return? Is the dragon in love? Is our dragon the male or the female? Will Petrovich shed some light on the subject? Will Pastor Joan survive? Will Last Lutheran survive? Will Pigeon Falls survive? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s kid. These and other annoying, space filling questions might be answered in the next exciting episode of News from Pigeon Falls.

Today's Link-Noble Pig - How to shop for groceries.
It was a rather dull day. In the morning Betty and I packed some track for eBay. Then she went out to work on the lawn while I visited blogs. I visited all my links. I plan on doing that once or twice a week. The other days I will visit the previous two or three days visitors that left comments. My sister Dawn called. We are having some problems with our cable but I am sure the company will work them out. Now I need a breathing treatment.
From the archives- Tall Peter - Our foreign student that we had when the kids were in school.


Blogger butterflies said...

The garbage here is put into big bins that wheel out to the sidewalk.A big truck with a thing on the side tips it into the truck..this seems easier that carrying out a bag at 6am...poor Betty:<

6:44 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

That sounds like one dragon display I would have liked to see.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the 1968 recording sessions for The Beatles (also referred to as the White Album), Harrison began working on a song that eventually became known as "Something." Initially based on the James Taylor song "Something In The Way She Moves," the song's first lyrics ("Something in the way she moves/Attracts me like no other lover.") were used as filler while the melody was being developed.[1] Indeed, Harrison's song is occasionally mistakenly referred to as "Something In the Way She Moves."

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dragon eggs hatching, and dragon babies learning to breath fire could make Pigeon Falls and interesting place for awhile.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a dumpster behind our house. It's usually full the day after they pick up. Amazing.

Do you compost? That takes most of our kitchen trash....

10:09 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Funny- I just said that to Libby the other day, "Boy, do we ever generate a lot of garbage!"

10:39 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

How can it be that Petrovich knows a driblet might apply to something BEFORE it is translated?

And the DNR guy knows the dragons were doing a mating dance because of the peacock? So holding hands/wings wasnt a clue?

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Hey the garbage, holy cow, my family makes enough garbage for the whole USA. It's unbelievable. Some days, okay most days, I empty the kitchen garbage twice. Everything is in so many packages and kids toys with all that paper and twisty tie stuff. I hate it. I swear people in packaging these days are angry, angry people...only angry people would put such packaging on toys, cds and movies. But a glass lightbulb...oh that's just in a little, lite paper covering. I'm confused.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

I love dragons!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

With 2 adults and 3 hooligan children, we generate and OBSCENE amount of garbage. It's a dirty job, thank God for the people who do it. :)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Voegtli said...

I don't know when the garbage is collected in my town in Switzerland. We simply go to the basement of our apartment building and put the bags in a container. And then I guess the caretaker puts the containers out when there is carbage collection. What I know though is that every 28 of the month you can through away your old equipments or big stuffs you don't want anymore. Like furniture or TV's or whatever. You have to put them on the sidewalk the night before. And then you hear all night the noise of people roaming around and rummiging through this waste to see if they can recuperate something. And they can!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger jane said...

So will this wonderfull sotry of Pidgeon Falls be bound into pages and sent to a publisher? I hope so! Karrington and I love it so much. Looking forward to all the questions being answered!

GBY Dr. John and Miss Betty...

Jane and Karrington

6:30 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

Helen and I only fill one can a month. Unlike you we are tree huggers trying to save a planet you think your god will save. Yeah, right. What a foolish man you are.


6:48 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I actually cannot sleep the night before garbage pick up day because I am afraid I will oversleep and not get it out in time so I know what Betty is going through. Don't despair, I have blogged about garbage many times and do not feel guilty about it.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do adore a good love story, even when it's dragons. Quilly makes a good point though, the residents should invest in kevlar roofs. Tall Peter really WAS tall.

5:01 AM  

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