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Marilee J. Layman

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07:17 pm: Depressed Nature
We had continuing sleet and freezing rain overnight but by the time I got up, the streets, sidewalks, and my ramp were just wet. The trees and bushes were bowed down and sad, their tears frozen. The grass spiked its anger with icy blades. Everything that could have icicles, did. I got the recycling and post office stuff out to the van and the recycling in the back, but I didn't sit down because there was ice on the step bumper. I took the newspapers to our recycling and then stopped at Captain D's for, yes, fried fish, french fries, and fried okra. Plus iced tea. I have this about once a month and I think that's fair. They've watched me turn sideways to stand up so often that they always bring me my tray.

I headed for Public Works and put my cardboard box full of deconstructed cardboard boxes in their dumpster and then headed for the post office. There was a looong line, and since I was shipping an SFBC exclusive anthology to Australia, I couldn't use the machine. I did talk three people in front of me into using the machine, which shortened the line some. There were two clerks when I came in and they were both dealing with complicated stuff. By the time I got to the waiting counter, two more clerks and Tony, the guy who is supposed to be luring people to the machine, came out, and things moved quicker. While I was in line, my phone rang and the IM vet told me Giorgio's ashes had come. When I finished at the post office, I went to get the ashes and settle up and get my one-kitty carrier, too.

As I came home, nature had recovered -- the trees and bushes were standing up again, stretching to the clearing sky. The grass was waving in the wind. Roads will freeze again tonight, but nature should be okay.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 16th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)

Recycling and post office

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As usual, I'm behind with my reading .............
You have to drop your recyclables off yourself? Here, we get a big blue trash can just for the recyclables (we also have one ea. for household trash and yard waste). The same garbage company picks up everything. Very convenient.
Love the machine at the post office. Too bad, it was broken the last time and that it doesn't do airmail.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 16th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

Re: Recycling and post office

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The city doesn't do condo developments or apartment complexes. If we put our stuff out on the street, there'd be no parking. We have our own dumpsters for trash and bins for newspapers and mixed plastic, glass, and aluminuminuminum. The mixed paper and cardboard I take to other places. And most months, one half-Saturday, we can drop off electronics, hazmat, and textiles for recycling.

Yeah, I really like the machine. Tony is set to lure people in and help them because his sciatica is bad and he can't stand much now. I told him "I could do that job!" but I wouldn't be able to do his real job.
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