Trash Cans

Trash, garbage, refuse: no matter how you word it, the fact is that it has to be taken away. According to Wikipedia, prehistoric man collected garbage into mounds (called middens.) As civilization advanced, it became more apparent that a better refuse disposal system was needed. In my youth, there were aluminum cans into which people pitched all waste and trash. There were no plastic trash bags so paper bags from the grocery stores became the holder of all things considered refuse. All too often families just skipped over the use of a bag and put the dregs straight into the cans. I believe that is why rats were more of a problem because they were drawn to the stench.That was a sorry and smelly mess that created the need to wash trash containers on a regular basis. Frequent washing of the metal cans led to rusting. Not an ideal solution, to say the least! The methods we use in modern times are certainly better due to professional companies that supply larger and more weather resistant trash containers, such as dumpster rentals St. Pete. Of Course, the use of plastic trash bags has vastly improved the ways in which we can dispose of our garbage. The expense of the plastic bags is a fair trade for not having to scour out our own individual receptacles…a very unpleasant task. Dragging household garbage bins to the street has pretty much replaced the system where garbage trucks went through the alleys and picked everything up. I suppose there are still some alleys around but curb pickup is so much more civilized. The biggest drawback is having to constantly remind and encourage our youngsters to pull those cans out to the street before the trash company arrives. I’m thinking the best incentive would be to try an allowance plan…one in which no money will be handed out until the chore is done and therefore, has been earned. “No trash takeout, no cash intake.”

The New World

It’s amazing how far the world has come. Operators once ran switchboards for phone calls, then along came dial phones followed by push buttons. Crystal radio sets, I’ve been told, were once the family entertainment soon to be replaced by radio then on to television, which in itself advanced from seven inch screens, black and white three channels to fifty two inches or more, color and cable wiring. Phonographs advanced to stereos and now music comes from all electronic sources. In the 1990’s along came the Web TV (you couldn’t watch TV and use the Web at the same time.) That was the early version of what we now call a computer. Before the computer came out, no one ever heard of addresses like, or Dictionaries and encyclopedias are pretty much passe because anything can be looked up and researched on the internet. Kids don’t ride bikes as much as they used to or play baseball in the street. Video games have taken over. At one time, if someone were seen talking out on the street when they were alone, it would be assumed that they might have a mental problem. Now everyone walks around with cell phones talking to friends out loud and nobody bats an eye. Telephone booths (like Superman used to change into costume) dotted almost every street corner. There are no booths anymore. No need when all the world carries a cell phone. Even mailboxes have disappeared. The most common mail seems to come via email.


While all of these changes are signs of advancement and proof of how the human brain has the ability to constantly think of new technology , I can’t help but wonder if, in some ways, the world might be better if we didn’t come so far. One thing that has become a drawback is the tendency for people to forego face to face conversation and communicate by the ever present cell phone with its multitude of apps. Oh well, we must take the good with the bad!

My Nephew’s Celebration

My nephew was about to turn six and he wanted to celebrate in a big way. My sister and I had

been researching party ideas and pulled up just about every site imaginable on the internet. Nothing jumped out as being more than the ordinary so we turned to the old fashioned yellow pages for more ideas and still came up with nothing. We asked friends and other family members for suggestions and that didn’t help. I began to think we were crazy for making this such a big ordeal and yet my nephew means the world to me and I really wanted to do something extra special for his birthday. After going through all the other avenues, we came back to the computer and tried a new “search.” Lo and behold, this caption popped up… Something inside me felt excited and my sis and I read the information for this site in detail and, long story short, it turned out to be a perfect match for what we wanted. We were all super glad that we didn’t give up in our search. I learned from that experience that no matter how many brick walls you run into, it’s always wise to push forward and keep trying because, in the long run and to your advantage, you may find yourself in the same position that we did…a winning one! There is an old saying that goes like this: “when one door closes, another opens.” The same applies to almost every situation. If we hang in there and don’t lose hope, good things just might come our way! Whether it’s a small aspiration or a much bigger one, perseverance can help us get there! When my sister and I stayed on point and exhausted every avenue, the results ended in a successful day and, most importantly, a very happy boy!