At What Age Does Crankiness Set In?

Street trash.JPGI celebrated Earth Day by picking up all the crap stupid people have thrown in the street in front of my house and cursing them under my breath. Then, I came upon an empty cardboard box in the street with a name and address on it. I wanted to drive to this person’s house and drop it in the street in front of where he lived with a note that said, “How do you like it when people throw trash in front of YOUR house?”

But I could just hear my daughter saying, “Mom!  That’s what a crazy old lady would do.”  So I did the slightly less crazy thing and sent the man a letter, enclosing the label from the box I just recycled for him.

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As if a waitress was on every corner.

I couldn’t help it, I was so ticked off! . My block is only 287 steps long, I only picked up my side and it totally filled a kitchen garbage bag!

So, below is what I wrote. Please read it and let me know if I’m getting pissy, or what…because I think I might be. At what age does getting cranky/pissy/irritable start? I know some 20 year olds who can be pissy, so I don’t think there’s an age limit. I think I’ve just been too nice all my life and finally, I’m fed up. Especially when it comes to littering our beautiful earth with trash.

Dear _________

I was out walking this morning and saw you left an empty cardboard box, with your name and address still on it, on the street near my home. Why would you do this? Do you not have recycling or trash cans in your home? Was your car so full you couldn’t have taken that small box home and disposed of it there? There’s a garbage can right down the street from where you carelessly dropped the box, could you not have dropped it in there, at least?

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What the hell?

You must be somewhat intelligent, you’re ordering things for your computer, so how do you not understand the effect of dropping your trash in the street?

The world, and my street are not your trashcan. When you leave trash in the street, it gets pushed into our rivers and oceans, polluting them for our children and grandchildren. Maybe you don’t have any children today, but you may someday and you’ll have to answer to them about why our oceans are so polluted. It’s because people like you don’t care at all where you toss your garbage. Please think about it and do your part to save the environment, while there’s still something to save.

In the meantime, please keep your trash to yourself or in the trashcan, not on the street where I live!

Sincerely,

A Concerned Resident

He is probably laughing his head off, or maybe it got through. I ‘m an optimist, I like to hope it got through to him, particularly since it cost me 50 cents to send it.

Trident trash.JPGI remember the very first Earth Day. I was in ninth grade and through the window I could see high school kids scurrying around on the fresh spring grass, picking up trash. I was so hopeful that people would start caring about the environment, but I definitely don’t see much evidence of that on my street. And it’s a shame. As French President, Emanuel Macron so eloquently put it, “There is no Planet B.”

So, a belated Happy Earth Day to you. I plan to contact my local government to see if we can get some trash cans installed or someone (besides me)  to come and clean up the area, or get an education program started, or something, so I don’t get really cranky and start accosting people on the street. And I think a Sierra Club membership may be in order. If nothing else, it’ll be a group of people equally cranky about the environment, and we can all rant together.

I wish you and all of us an Earth that gets more beautiful as time goes on.

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This was all the garbage on my side of the street –one short trashy block.

 

17 thoughts on “At What Age Does Crankiness Set In?

  1. I’m always amazed at how rude people are, and how they seem to think that they have no personal responsibility for anything. Walking around a department store and seeing clothing on the floor, it always makes me wonder why people think it’s okay to drop things and leave them…. not to mention people who will leave a shopping cart sitting in a parking space, when the cart collecting rack is just three spaces away…. really? Would it kill somebody to walk ten feet to put their cart where it belongs? As for the guy’s box in front of your house, my only question about that would stem from the fact that I’ve witnessed the trash truck hoist our cans up with the mechanized “arm” and on the way up to the truck several things just fall out of the can and onto the ground. One day I was mortified to come home and find some packaging from feminine hygiene products on our lawn…. yes, they came from OUR garbage can. Somewhere between the can being hoisted up and the garbage being deposited in the truck, the detritus landed on our lawn and Tampax got some nifty free advertising. I nearly croaked as I scurried around cleaning everything up. At any rate, I think that you have every right to be irritated at the amount of garbage that’s left in your neighborhood. Good for you, having the nerve and taking the time to write to the guy, because chances are that he didn’t dispose of his box properly, one way or the other. Keep on tellin’ them, Fran! Somebody needs to!

    • Thank you Leslie!!! Since the trash truck only goes behind our apartments, I’m not too worried that it was an accident, I think people just don’t care, hence my one woman campaign to make people wake up and stop littering. We’ll see if it works. Thanks for your support!

  2. Okay: A) Thank you for loving the planet and doing your part. B) I hope that someone ELSE didn’t find his box, use it, and then discard it, leaving him scratching his head as to WHY he got this letter (which is what I would have wrestled with before sealing the envelope). C) Getting a little pissy is a sign of our age (and our times), like hair growing in places no one warned us about and things sagging beyond reason. D) I love you; please never change. ❤

    • Oh leave it to you to be logical and think of that, which never even crossed my mind! It was probably more for me than for him anyway. And don’t talk to me about sagging, I just went and tried on bras tonight. Oh the agony!

  3. I know, even where I work, people just drop paper on the floor in the bathroom and don’t bother to pick it up. Sheesh! How hard would that be? I will never understand it.

  4. You have to walk down the street to find it? I have to contend with it on an on-going basis.This nasty cold weather helped as a deterrent for my situation. Some uh hem, lovely individual when weather pleases him, like to stand in my small porch area and loves to throw his cigarette butts on to my flower beds and the last time even blessed me with an empty beer can there. I “don’t” smoke & rarely drink beer. I told the association where I live and they sent out letters to everyone in the area warning them that the next time they will be fined. I think after that he left the beer can. What a guy, . . huh?! I told the police as well but they “really don’t” want to be bothered. Open to suggestion, peeps! 🙂 Good job Fran.

  5. Great Job, Fran!
    These are the words that got my attention: “Please read it and let me know if I’m getting pissy, or what…because I think I might be. At what age does getting cranky/pissy/irritable start? . . . (&) I think I’ve just been too nice all my life and finally, I’m fed up.”
    Being “too nice” to people with nasty habits seems to give them the illusion that no one is watching what they do, or if they are seen, that no one cares. [The litter on the street where I live can’t be contained in a garbage bag. It includes broken furniture, worn-out bedding & discarded clothing.] Kids & adults riding bicycles & skateboards on the side walk, narrowly missing pedestrians like me, gets my “pissy” going. More may follow on that.

    • Thanks Tony, I hear ya. You should see the alley behind my house. All kinds of crap back there. I have to call the city, they say they’ll pick it up. I guess we just keep on keeping on. What choice do we have?

  6. ……I’m grateful I don’t live in that place, sounds disgusting and uncivilized. I’d be packing to relocate because I prefer a more respectable neighborhood. “Thank You God for my residence where people have class & dignity.” :+)

    • Well Poppy, it’s not totally horrible, but it definitely could be better if everyone just treated it like it was their neighborhood. Lucky you to live in such a great place. If I could afford a better place, I would leave too. As is, I have to work to make where I am better.

  7. Good for you Frannie. I find that as I get older, I no longer have a filter, so I simply say what I believe, even if it gets me in trouble. That’s one of the privileges of age. I am very concerned with the future of the earth and what we are leaving to our kids and grandkids, especially with the roll backs of environmental protections that have happened in the last year. This is the only earth we get, and if we allow industrial dumping into our rivers, mining and drilling on pristine national parks and a free hand to air polluters, our earth will become a big sewer. Keep up the effort.

    • I am doing my best. I know I get disgusted too with the lack of concern of regular citizens as well as the lack of concern by the EPA anymore. It’s a never ending battle!

  8. Fran,
    Good for you! This morning when I walked by the spot that a guy threw his cigarette butts out his truck window yesterday they were gone! After my remarks to him he must have thought better of it and picked them up. I did a little victory dance at 6:30am with Otis. So YES your letter may make a difference!

  9. Way to go, Frannie! I love that you sent a letter to the offender. God bless you and thank you for being an activist. Growing up, we were taught to respect our environment. Times have changed in too many bad ways. I seriously want to patrol bathrooms in Wal-Mart and movie theaters and accost people who don’t flush toilets, leave hairs in the sink, etc. I thank God every day that we grew up being taught to do the right thing.

    • I know, even where I work, people just drop paper on the floor in the bathroom and don’t bother to pick it up. Sheesh! How hard would that be? I will never understand it.

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