Thursday, February 23, 2017

76 Things #25: Hanging with Trash

What's one of your pet peeves?

Somebody that drives too slow in the fast lane?  Chews with their mouth open?  Cuts in line?

We all have them, nobody in this world is immune to being irritated by small and seemingly innocuous situations.

As for myself, one of my biggest pet peeves is one that started to get under my skin only 6 or 7 years ago. 

I had accepted the reality that standing for an extended period of time was too painful.  If I tried "toughing it out", I'd only make the next couple hours (or even days) unbearable.

So I started sitting.  Out shopping with the family?  Time to go find a bench.  Out for a walk with the family in a park?  Good idea to find a nice resting place to rest and re-charge.

What I quickly learned, though was whether at a mall or park, most benches are situated next to....the trash.

Why?  Is this taught on the first day of City/Park Planning 101?  Remember students, wherever you put a bench is also great place to put the trash can!  Nothing says, "comfort" like the smell of 3 day old Taco Bell!

My complaint is a bit tongue-in-cheek because, let's be honest, there are more important things to worry about.

But, the next time I'm sitting on a bench resting my leg, I'd love it if the odor of garbage wasn't in the air....or I wasn't constantly waving away the flies and bees that usually find their way to the smelly and sticky receptacle.

The next time you are at a public place with benches, observe for yourself...most of them are right next to a trash can.  A pungent lesson I learned and the #25 thing you might not know about (my) MS.

Yum, the sweet smell of....trash


  1. Replies
    1. You are very welcome! Is it similar in Australia with the trash cans next to the benches?


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