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roadside trash and other stories

There are different categories of roadside trash, not so distinguishable from a car but very evident when you're walking:

lottery tickets... discarded instant-play cards in up to $10 amounts...these are very sad
beer cans... sometimes seen in combination with Vault soda because kids don't know that a stimulant and a depressant cancel each other out.
other drink bottles... mainly energy drinks and gatorade stuff, but sometimes fancy juices or even bottled water. What is the bottled-water drinking crowd doing littering? Suprisingly few soda cans...
cigarette boxes
instant food litter: McDonald's bags and drink containers, with Dunkin Donuts a close second around here, then various others like Subway, etc.
small things that never made it to the dump, like the random milk jug or cardboard box
large things that never made it to the dump, like tires or televisions or carpet rolls.

We did some roadside trash cleanup yesterday, so it's on my mind.

We watched the 1980 version of the Lathe of Heaven (considered much better than the 2002 version, though more budget; it was a PBS made-for-TV thing, but U.K. LeGuin consulted on it)--it was as good as I remembered and made me want to reread the book. Then later we watched the four-hour miniseries of Battlestar Galactica, the new version. Quite a good update I thought! I much prefer the new cylons to the "chrome toasters" of the old series. We were all bummed by the surprise revelation at the end of the four hours about one of the supporting characters, but I figure, given the story arc potential of the longer series (which we're going to start watching on DVD next), she can easily be rehabilitated a la Seven of Nine. (Oh Seven of Nine, I know you were supposed only to appeal to adolescent boys, but I thought you were The Best).


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Apr. 10th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
I have extended my morning walks which now includes part of a highway. Yep, amazing what people throw out, or blows out, of their vehicles.
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC)
Speaking for boys still stuck in trhe throws of hormones...
It's all about Caprica six baby!
Apr. 10th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
It's amasing what people throw out of there spaceships.

My mate likes battlestar Gallactica, the new version and feels the same way as you. I watched two episodes of it and thaught it a load of miserable tosh.

Thats only my opinion.

Apr. 10th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
hahaha--maybe you're not a sci-fi fan? Sci-fi seems pretty rubbish-y if you don't like it.
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Battlestar Galactica is a mixed bag. It's not terrible, but I don't think it's all that great, either (when I went without cable for the last year-plus, it wasn't BSG that I missed, it was the Stargate shows -- they were just much more fun).

The problem with BSG is that every bad thing that can happen does, and after a while, you just want to see the characters catch a break, any break, at least once, but it seems like they never do. I know I'm on the minority among my friends on this one, but I'm not really that impressed... Relentlessly depressing != good drama.
Apr. 11th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh no! That seems like it's going to be harsh. Well, I am borrowing the whole first season, so I guess by the end I'll have formed an opinion one way or another. The person who lent me the DVDs is also a Stargate fan.
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