U is for Unload
A couple of definitions of unload are:
To dispose of, to dump
To relieve of something burdensome, unburden
Thats what happens here at this time of the year.
Once or twice a year -depending on where you actually live
most shires and councils
have what we call hard rubbish collections
It is a service for every household
whereby you can leave all those things
enormous or small – broken or otherwise
that you want to get rid of
On the nature strip out the front of your house and a big truck comes along and does the deed for you
It lets you get rid of – to unload – to unburden
It frees you from the thought of having to organise all that moving
lifting and paying!!
Thats it in theory
In practice its slightly different!
It’s when that old saying
‘One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure’
comes into play
and the Hunters and Gathers come out.
Little cars and big utes will glide by, suddenly stop and drivers pick through the piles. Even when times are not hard like now it seems as though everyone is out for a bargain – turning into scavengers – in many cases utilising their skills by upcycling their gains
Unloading others of their useable cast offs before the council truck arrives!
The going rate on scrap metal must have gone up lol
Anything that looks ‘metal’ goes in a flash – washing machines, dryers, bicycles, as well as various other metal bits and pieces are swooped on and removed almost as soon as it hits the nature strip.
Anyway, judging by my ‘nosiness’ while out walking
(yes, I’ve had a little squizzy at some piles here and there)
I think sales in TVs must have rocketed. From what I’ve seen
just about every house I’ve passed has at least one sitting on the grass.
Mind you it could be the result of the switch over to digital only era we have moved into – which so many older people are Upset over.
I wonder if they will have a truck just for them (tvs) on their own.
The trouble with all this ‘trawling aka car window shopping’ and then unburdening is that it starts to get messy. Instead of the nice neat (as per council guidlines) separated piles of junk we end up with something like this.
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A new version of urban sprawl 🙂
Perhaps you’d like to join in – next Friday’s letter is T