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I have a new exercise regimen that consists of getting 10,000 steps by walking around the neighborhood while picking up trash – adding in some bending and stretching.
In the process, I’ve become something of an authority on litter. For example, nearly half the trash is booze containers: beer bottles and cans, wine bottles and boxes, and liquor bottles. Probably, this is an unintended consequence of open container laws – people want to get rid of the evidence as soon as possible.
I’ve also noticed that Whataburger is very popular in the area. Though the neighborhood Chik-Fil-A is always packed, there isn’t much litter from that store; perhaps Christians are less prone to litter.
People’s reactions to my regimen also vary. A few have thanked me. Some have complained on the neighborhood Facebook page about an old, homeless man who’s wandering around picking up trash. I only mention this because, when I get arrested for vagrancy and unlicensed trash removal, I may need character witnesses at my trial.Published in