August 7, 2015
I admit, there are few days on the road I was bored or tired and I stayed in the trailer all day. Too much wind or … I just wasn’t in the mood to go out. Last night I didn’t sleep well because of the lightening storm that crashed around me. I was parked for a couple of weeks at the Wildlife West Animal Sanctuary in Edgewood New Mexico. And…let’s just say, NM has some incredible storms and I am not used to lightening and thunder having spend most of my life in California where it never rains. I don’t think I slept at all. I was in a 15 foot aluminum box. It was loud and scary and the only time I felt scared on this entire travel year.
So I was laying around most of the day watching whatever was on “air tv” beamed in from Albuquerque over my little trailer satellite and finding other things to occupy my day.
I have a granddaughter who is a true delight, although a stunning amount of work. She began life in a petri dish and that makes her quite an exceptional miracle of science. Her first word was bath and that seems about right—we all love sitting in a nice warm tub. Her second word, however, was trash. Whenever she sees trash, she wants to study it, hold it, dig things out of it. And that got me to thinking. What does she find interesting about the trash? What can be revealed by the things we throw away? Go ahead, dig through your own trash as a bystander and try to define the person you find in there.
Let’s take a look at the basket under my desk. It’s a silvertone wireframe thing that I probably bought at Target. It’s small so it has some limitations as to how much stuff I can cram in there.
First up, Cutie orange skins. I am addicted to Cuties and eat them by the half-dozen per sitting. I’ve noticed in the past month that my pants seem tighter and I’m wondering about the calorie content…. let’s Google that…
Okay, according to LiveStrong the California Cuties brand has 40 calories per. So let’s see; if I eat 6 a sitting 3 times a day, that’s 18 a day at 40 calories. About 750 completely unnecessary calories a day on a Cutie-obsessive day. That’s more than I thought and probably explains the tight pants problem. Well, that and the holiday snack consumption…
Trash item #2: A Tech Universe Wireless Optical Mouse clam package completely ripped and shredded with a few blood stains obtained as I tried to open it. Success however. It’s on deck right now.
Trash item #3: Assorted dead paper; last year’s car registration (guess I should shred that but few have the luxury of a shredder in a trailer), a few store receipts, 16 crumpled Post It Notes to myself with only 1 or 2 sentences on each (I have to stop wasting paper). One says “can you get good marketing cheap.” I think I was going to write a business blog post on that but rejected it for obvious reasons. The answer is no but who cares? Everybody tries.
Trash item #4: Telltale Dots packaging. Oh…there must be a box of Dots around here somewhere … I am kind-of addicted to Dots, too…