today’s “taking out the garbage” experience

here on pender island we residents take our household garbage to a garbage bin shed attached to one of the liquor store outlets. Because it is necessary to obtain the key to the shed from the liquor store garbage must be disposed of during liquor store hours.

And because there is a charge of $6 per garbage bag regardless of how full the bag is further logistics come into play. As a single person household who composts, recycles and burns paper products it takes quite a while to fill a garbage bag.

Then there’s the weight factor cos the garbage bag needs to be carried up a slope to my car. And i prefer to go on a sunny day cos the parking lot at the garbage bin shed is unpaved and has several potholes. today the weather is dry. My garbage bag is nearing full. So i begin the assembly process.

First i check the freezer and add the frozen meat bones and other discarded meat products including bacon wrappings etc which i don’t choose to store in the garbage bag so i freeze till garbage day. One of the few advantages of having an older model fridge that requires defrosting cos the tray under the freezer is perfect for storing these discarded meat bones & wrappings.

Then i notice still a bit of room and still not too heavy so in goes the broken glass plate which fits beautifully into a foil tray for protection as i cart the bag to and from the car. Also room for some hard foam from a recent coffee pot purchase. Ok think we’re good . We can head to the car now.

So up the slope i go carrying my garbage to the car. When i reach into my pocket for my car key . Oops i forgot to bring my car keys. No worries i’ll just leave the bag here and pop it into the trunk when i return.

So i go back to the house. Collect a couple of things including my car keys and head back to my car. Pop my grocery shopping bags behind my seat, hop in and start the car and begin to back up. Wtf ? Sounds like i have run over something. Wtf ? So i stop the car, get out and start walking back to check.

Even before i reached the back of my car i remembered . Oh shit my bag of garbage . Sure enough. I backed over the bag of garbage which hooked onto my muffler and tore open. Shit ! There it is . Broken glass on the drive where i park my car. And not a paved drive which can be swept. A dirt drive.

So i go back to the house for another garbage bag and pick up the glass as cleanly as i can . And off to the garbage bin

About sharon-clark-rowlands

Sharon Clark Rowlands is the author of “Oh, We Should Have Told You” which is the outgrowth of a Journal kept during several years spent in the pursuit of personal growth and spirituality. The book contains both personal experiences and “messages from someone outside of myself” and will stimulate you to reflect upon and to gain insights into your own experiences and provide you with inspiration and comfort as you navigate your own Spiritual Journey. view Sharon's author page at and her facebook page for her book
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