The last of the closet components finally got here and I was able to cart all the boxes they came in off to the recycling center.
While there, I saw the strangest sight—
A young man drove up and proceeded to unload a bunch of paper and boxes. Good for him—except—he left his pickup truck running for the 8 minutes or so it took him to offload his stuff.
A case of having his heart in the right place—but God knows where his head was—though I have my guesses.
He’s essentially saying, ‘I want to save the trees [which we need to do, goodness knows—but we CAN grow more of those] but the hell with those 80 million-year-old ferns [which we can’t grow more of.]
His windows were rolled up—so I assumed [and, yes, I know how dangerous that can be] that his air-conditioning was on.
Soon after he left, a young woman drove up. She turned off her engine, hopped out and dumped her recyclables into the bins and drove off.
Then ANOTHER man drove up in his SUV. And left his engine running [windows up—so probably a/c was on]. And, get this, he left his doors open the entire time. He would unload cardboard at one set of bins, drive [with doors open] to the mixed-paper section, unload that, drive to the aluminum section, unload his cans, etc. Engine on, doors open, windows up, and a/c presumably on the entire time.
I noted with interest that the two who wasted gasoline while recycling were both White Males. So, I dubbed them White Male Dummies.
[Btw—you DON’T want to get me started on all things White Male—I can be a downright bore on the subject. Suffice to say that today's example is just one of hundreds I could cite.]