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Christopher
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0 posted 10-21-2000 12:09 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

And surprisingly *gasp* nothing to do with anyone in particular here... though I'm sure more than one are guilty of it... tsk-tsk-tsk...

Complaint of the day has to do with littering. C'mon - it's not like we haven't demoralized the scenery enough with pockets of so-called civilization... pockmarking the earth with hideous structures spiralling toward the sky, groaning beneath the weight of our arrogance. No, that's not enough. We also have to cast our refuse everywhere, littering even the few "pristine" areas left.

And to narrow it down a bit, to a more manageable level: Let's stop throwing garbage out the windows of our cars!!! I commute to work and am constantly seeing people pitch their trash out the window and onto the road, the side of the road. If you glance to the shoulder, you see garbage strewn all over. It's saddening and revolting. Seriously, it's not that hard to jsut toss the garbage in the back of you car and wait until you get home to throw it away, so it can eventually at least end up in a centralized area... that way the rest can retain the resemblance of clean! Hey - it's not hard (you'd be afraid to see behind the seat of my truck!)

So PLEASE don't throw your trash out the window!!!

C
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1 posted 10-21-2000 12:35 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Louisiana has to be the worst, Christopher.  It's disgusting. I've a friend, after watching a woman clean out her car, throwing everything out of the window, (they were both in a parking lot) she got out of her car, gathered the garbage and told the woman through the open window, "Excuse me? I think you dropped this!" and deposited all of the trash on her lap! I thought it was pretty funny, but my friend's husband was unamused...told her that some day, all that would be left of her would be a paragraph in the newspaper, describing her murder.  

But I agree, Chris...I don't even toss my cigarette butts...
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2 posted 10-21-2000 12:37 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Good to see you in good form again Chris...*g*

On the same subject...whilst stationary at traffic lights and behind several cars...I saw the driver in front of me toss his cigarette out the window, the wind carried it - straight into a toddler's pushchair....the driver was totally unaware....

so let's not do that either...

HUSG
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3 posted 10-21-2000 12:39 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Serenity: Were you reading my mind???....

HUGS
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4 posted 10-21-2000 01:01 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Rainbow---what on earth is a HUSG?  and how do I rate one?  (Do I want one?)  heh heh?
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5 posted 10-21-2000 01:02 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Christopher,

This is so strange that you post this today, I took my dog for a walk down are very private street and was so amazed that on this road with very little trafic there was so much trash laying on the side of the road. I do keep a very clean and groomed yard because I like it that way and weather the trash that lands near my home is mine or not I keep it picked up, and this road was not like this when we moved here three years ago, I don't know what happened and this morning really upset me. Its so weird because I thought about going down the road with a trash bag and ***** the whole way about the trash in hopes some of my neibors hear me, not to be mean but maybe bring to their attention just how bad it has become. Thank you so much for posting this I think I will go right now and do what I was thinking all along you have given me the courage.

Love, Cerenity


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We have to be reminded that He exist!"

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We adopt streets here - companies will do it and the employees go out every so often to pick up trash. It's not a cure but it does help.

I've been known to put trash in my purse before I'll toss it out the window...

Tossing trash shows the intelligence level of a human being!
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7 posted 10-21-2000 02:18 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

"groaning beneath the weight of our arrogance,"  nice touch.

Oh.  I almost forgot.  Ideally?  People caught littering, should be made to do community service, picking up garbage.  That'll teach 'em.

[This message has been edited by serenity (edited 10-21-2000).]
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8 posted 10-21-2000 02:32 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Great topic Chris! It's been a pet peeve of mine for a very long time. I never toss anything out the window (and you can tell by looking in my back seat too, LOL!)

I'm fortunate where I live ... it's a beautiful city, and very clean. There are a few areas that could use some cleanup, but overall, the whole city is very well taken care of.

When this really irked me though, was when we lived in the country. For 12 years, we had to contend with idiots who thought it was OK to drive out to the country and dump old tires, appliances, and whole garbage bags full of "I don't know what" along the side of our country road.  Then there's the kids on crop tours tossing empty beer cases. I can't tell you how many times I picked up beer bottles off the side of our country road. Sigh ... what a bunch of morons!

Phew ... that feels better, thanks!  
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9 posted 10-21-2000 05:30 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Sigh.

'Rubbish...rubbish everywhere...oh what a wonderful world. Tweet, tweet.'

Idyllic hey?

We're relatively good here...

still - if anyone's heard of New Zealand's 'clean, green' image - hate to break it to you...

it ain't that clean...(the green is fairly accurate though).

(It's amazing isn't it C - the things that can end up in the back of a truck...)

K


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10 posted 10-21-2000 05:43 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

This irks me too. I used to have one of those little litter bags that hang in the car but they were too small. When you want to throw away a 20 oz. drink cup not much room is left, so I went the little 99 cent store and got a small waste basket and some stink purty garbage bags and lined it with one and put it in my back seat on the floor behind the driver's seat. It's easy to get to, holds what I need it too, (junk mail, drink cups, ashtray dung, etc.) and it's easy to keep empty. I keep the spare bags in the console between the seats.

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11 posted 10-21-2000 09:51 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Serenity: You asked what HUSG meant    

Well, since reading that this afternoon and it's now 02:27am..I've been pondering on what kind of answer to give, i.e. long or short and can't make up my mind (dithering female..lol) so I'll just go with how it happened...first off, a few years ago, I and a few others met in another forum, namely Toe, Suthern, Corazon, JTF, Hawk or Local Rebel here, LongJohn and Lorelei...we all became great friends and I think I was one of the first to give HUGS but as time went on and many others joined, a few started to end their messages in HUGS until one day a newcomer posted something to the effect of why give hugs when you don't mean them? but I did as I'm sure others did...so I thought about what I was really saying when I said HUGS and for me it meant:

Thank you for being honest

Thank you for sharing

Thank you for caring

Thanks for being you

and finally

I love you for who you are and for what you are and for what you have been through to be the you that I know...

HUSG is actually an acronym, another way to say all of the above but most think it's a spellign error, it isn't but that's for another day..*g*

HUGS

Ooops, yep, they're acquired through time..  



[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 10-21-2000).]
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12 posted 10-22-2000 07:26 AM       View Profile for Dee   Email Dee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dee

This topic is pretty close to my heart. We have a beautiful block of land on a main tourist drive in the country. The road itself isn't too bad, it's our block that is the problem. Once a year when we clean out our dam we find all sorts of rubbish in it. Old bottles, plastic bags (always good for the fish and cows!), guide posts, even tyres! Our front yard is sometimes littered with stubbies (beer bottles), plastic bags, drink cans and papers.
Some people don't seem to care that this is our home they are using as a rubbish tip. I would love to collect it all up and dump it in their lounge (living) room!
I guess I can only dream, hey.
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13 posted 10-22-2000 12:03 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Rainbow?  Life is short.  HUSG
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14 posted 10-22-2000 05:56 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

question... for Poet deVine

Quote... she said.
We adopt streets here - companies will do it and the employees go out every so often to pick up trash. It's not a cure but it does help.
I've been known to put trash in my purse
before I'll toss it out the window...

So are people more likely to pickup your trash if you put it in your purse first and then throw it out the window. You must get tired of your purses easily....lol  

Parker

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Parker! You're so cute! LOL

And I can't seem to throw out my purses either...I have 6 old ones in my closet now.. and I need a new one..sigh...I'm a pack rat......
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16 posted 10-23-2000 11:44 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Christopher...I don't "litter"....

I collect...


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Christopher
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17 posted 10-23-2000 12:41 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

lol - well apparently there aren't enough poets in the world, since none of us seem to litter!!!

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18 posted 10-23-2000 07:03 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

LOL - I am constantly finding little pieces of paper, gum wrappers, etc. in my dryer's lint screen -- I have a habit of putting trash in my pocket if I can't find a readily available receptacle, and then I ALWAYS forget I put it there ... and poor Michael's truck is another story ... LOL  

Litter is not only unsightly, but much of it is dangerous to wildlife of all kinds.  I used to work at a wildlife rehab center in Florida, and we had literally hundreds of animals a year brought to us because they were being strangled or disabled by odd pieces of plastic, and/or had thumbtacks, pieces of glass, or other sharp objects in their feet (or worse, their digestive tracts). Some had motor oil or other various toxic chemicals on their fur, skin or feathers that was slowly poisoning them or, in the case of birds, limiting their ability to fly.  We were able to save some of these poor specimens, but a great many of them were too badly damaged and had to be destroyed or kept permanently in captivity (quite a miserable existence for a previously wild animal, regardless of the care provided).

One of our permanent residents, a turkey vulture called "Mort," owed his life in captivity almost exclusively to litter and humans in general.  His injuries included:

1)  An atrophied left wing due to a length of fishing line which got tangled tightly about it, cutting off the blood supply and causing it to begin rotting while still attached to the live bird -- the wing had to be amputated when he was brought in in order to save his life.

2)  Blindness in one eye caused by shards of metal from an aluminum can, which Mort most likely inadvertently brushed his face against while eating the remains of whatever was in the can;

3)  Extensive damage to his digestive tract, including irremovable shards of glass which were lodged in his intestines -- Mort's food had to be liquefied or he was unable to process it.

4) Signs of pesticide poisoning early in life (or even before birth) which caused him to be undersized and caused a malformation in one of his toes;

5) And, to add insult to injury, some fool decided it might be fun to SHOOT the poor animal with a .22, resulting in permanent injury to his one good wing.  This idiot's neighbor is the one who brought Mort to us; thankfully, she was home when the moron pulled this stunt and went outside to see what was going on.  The shooter was reported to the authorities and charged with animal cruelty, among other things.    

Well, OK, so I ramble.  But this is important to me!

--L




Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.

[This message has been edited by Skyfyre (edited 10-23-2000).]
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one block south - is a conviennce store and a fast food - two blocks north is a supermarket a coffee house and a drugstore.  each morning I must walk the length of my frontage to pick up the detritius of my 'neat' Neighbors who walk by - leaving empty bottles, paper cups, chip bags, and can't manage to use one of the welcoming trash bins - they pass within a few feet of - I agree - 'nuff said
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20 posted 10-25-2000 11:51 PM       View Profile for Jamie   Email Jamie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Jamie's Home Page   View IP for Jamie

Demand enforcement of littering laws and if the penalties are not severe lobby to make them so. Littering in NC is a minimum $200.00 fine. And it is enforced....we still have it and we still have the adopt-a-highway litter removal program. The combination makes it somewhat bearable.





had to come back and add a "g" to litterin
Jamie

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21 posted 10-26-2000 04:59 AM       View Profile for White Wolf   Email White Wolf   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for White Wolf

Once again more whinning.  Do you prefer cheddar, swiss, colby or maybe some goat cheese.

The White Wolf
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22 posted 10-27-2000 04:14 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

"Whinning," White Wolf...?

I don't recall hearing anyone "whinn" here ...

... and you may keep your cheese to yourself, to be sure ...



--L


Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers.
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23 posted 10-27-2000 05:21 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Well, I'm perfect....... (JUST KIDDING)I'm raising my kids to not only keep their garbage in the waste can, but to pick it up if they see it, theirs or not.I hate littering and I love to recycle~money in my pocket not garbage on the ground! So,I guess the world does need more poets, for more reasons than I had originally thought!  -SEA
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Thanks Linda - siggy apropos, eh?  

SEA - GOOD for you! More poets! More poets!  
 
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