Why Do They Do That?

When my idle mind has nothing important to think about, it comes up with those “I don’t get it” questions.

Things like: It was only July, but yet the stores were displaying fall decorations. Now I’d decided what I want for summer clothes – keep in mind we don’t get spring until June, so July is when we think summer – the stores are whooshing them out. I found some things on sale, which was good, but the selection was limited. It was July for goodness sake! I am not thinking Halloween in July! I’m thinking evenings on my deck, cool clothing, summer! Halloween I will think about in October.
Then again, by October the stores will be all Christmas items. No no! My sensibilities have trouble dealing with all of this.

A few weeks ago our state transportation department grooved the center of the highway and the outer edges of the lanes – those grooves that wake up a drowsy driver, something we’ve never had on our highway that takes us to the larger town. The highway that bears heavy truck traffic, and is often the scene of a truck driver going off the edge of the road. The grooves make sense to me, and I think it’s a good idea. Guess what they’ve been doing this week? Resurfacing that same highway! Why do they do that? Why did they groove it then decide to resurface it? Will they now be redoing the grooving, or did they decide they didn’t like it and want to cover it up? I feel a bit of a waste of our tax dollars here.

I also don’t understand why they charge a deposit on the cans and bottles that you buy containing soda, beer and water to encourage us all to turn them back in for recycling, but then make it difficult to recycle. In our state, you must take those cans and bottles to a store that sells such things, then stand in line to get to the machines into which you must feed those cans and bottles. Once you reach the machine, you must stand there and feed them, one by one, into the machine that will subsequently spit out your receipt showing the credit you are entitled to. Of course, there are separate machines for cans, for glass and for plastic, which means you have the opportunity to stand in line more than once. Woo hoo! My idea of an efficient and fun use of time. In the heat or the cold, because if those machines happen to be inside the structure, they are in an area that is neither cooled nor heated. Kat and I took some bottles back yesterday, and after 45 minutes we had a grand credit of – are you ready? – under $5! That was just so worth it, don’t you think? I am all for recycling. Recycling makes me feel righteous. But really must it be such a challenge?

Related to this is the fact that our state legislature opted to put a deposit fee on the plastic bottles that hold water. But not the plastic bottles that hold other drinks, like Gatorade or Propel or Vitamin Water. Why did they exclude those? Although that really is fine with me, because those bottles go into a large trash can designated only for recyclable plastic, which is then taken to the dump and put into the recycle bin there. Because recycling makes me feel righteous. Because recycling is what we should all do. Even if the cost of recycling is greater than the cost of disposal, because if products are recycled, they are not creating landfill.

These are some of the things that make me wonder why.

The baby birds, the hatchlings turned nestlings are rapidly turning into fledglings. It will not be long before they are ready to leave the nest, I think. You will see, if you view the You Tube video, what I mean. And yes, Lynne, little Pen is getting fed, although it’s an uphill battle for him because his larger nest mates do seem to tromp all over him.

A special thank you to Karma for teaching me how to embed a video.

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13 Responses to Why Do They Do That?

  1. You have me giggling Carol, I’ve asked the same questions. When we lived in downtown Seattle I watched a corner of a main street be destroyed, rebuilt to put in wheelchair ramps, and destoyed yet again. I watched this be done three times over the course of one Fall season. I was convinced it was for both job security and to justify the budget for the following year. If they don’t spend it all in one year the next year the budget is dropped.
    They also infuriated me, the workers, they started every morning at 7am, even Saturday’s. And the amount of guys standing around doing nothing was almost as bad as me standing around watching from my own living room window.

    Thanks for the “I don’t get it’s” for me. I loved it! ~ BB


  2. Sheri says:

    I can SO relate to your comments about clothing. This has been going on for many years. Living in Phoenix, we don’t own coats; jackets yes, but not coats. One February we had an emergency and had to fly to Kansas and I couldn’t find a coat anywhere — I could have purchased a really cute swimsuit, however. I think the world has gone COMPLETELY NUTS!!


  3. “Iā€™m thinking evenings on my deck, cool clothing, summer! Halloween I will think about in October.
    Then again, by October the stores will be all Christmas items. No no! My sensibilities have trouble dealing with all of this.”

    Oh my gosh, it’s like you visited my mind!


  4. Dawn says:

    I agree. The world is a crazy place.

    I need to learn how to embed a video too…..was it easy?


  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I don’t understand the clothes thing but I learned my lesson some years ago when I wanted to buy summer pants in July. They were gone but I did see a lot of winter coats in the stores in July !!!


  6. Heather says:

    Here here! The lady speaks wisdom!
    That recycling business is SO frustrating. When I lived in other states, we bagged our stuff up separately and just dropped it off at big recycle bins, and I felt righteous šŸ˜‰ Now that we live in Michigan, we pay deposits, and then pile everything up. Because it is such a pain to feed the awful-smelling machines one-by-one. Just last week we took in our last load of 8 bags of cans. We had let them build up for over two years (!!!) because the task was so odious. The grocery store we’ve deemed “ours” has a good facility, so perhaps we’ll stay on top of it better. Phew! I must have needed to get that off my chest! Now, I’m off to go purchase Christmas decorations šŸ˜‰


  7. Karma says:

    That’s quite the feeding frenzy in the nest! Glad the embedding worked for you. I agree to the frustration of the seasons as the retail stores see them. Try to buy a bathing suit in the summer time – nearly impossible, and always when my girls decide they need new ones!


  8. Lynne Ayers says:

    Oh, I feel so much better, Carol, thank you. Got a couple of LOLs out of this one.


  9. sued51 says:

    The clothes thing is hilarious and SO true!
    Regarding the recycling…they are hoping the recycling is such a pain we won’t do it…then they score the extra 5 cents…like unclaimed taxes! Here in the Northeast we have Bottle Redemption Centers…those are much better than going to somewhere you have to feed the machines…they give you cash. šŸ™‚


  10. Lisa says:

    Things that make us go hmmmmmm….and WTH?


  11. Personally, I’m surprised they haven’t started with the Christmas decorations yet. It seems to get earlier every year. I must admit, though, that our recycling options appear to be a lot easier than yours.


  12. You’re lucky. Out here as soon as the fireworks are over from the Fourth of July, some stores start setting up their Christmas displays.


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