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The Bucket Stops Here

May 23, 2010

Dear Friends,

We write to you today at the end of a journey. During the garbage strike in Seattle we took a break from our weekly ritual and in doing so realized that at some point our litter campaign had to come to an end. With an impressive total of 148 buckets of litter collected in 74 straight weeks, we now pass the bucket to anyone out there who would like to take over where we left off.

We had plenty of fun and are happy to know that we made a difference and if anyone would like to pickup where we left off we’d be happy to hand this blog over to you. Please use the “Email Ben and Lori” link on the right column of this page with your request.

Thanks to all the Bucket Heads who pitched in from all around the country, we were so happy to hear about others out there who also care about our environment and were willing to get out and do something about it. While we won’t be continuing on a regular basis, don’t be surprised if you see a post every now and again as we still hate litter and may not always be able to pass by without doing something!

Until then,

Ben and Lori

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Litter Alley, a strike!

March 31, 2010

Dear Readers,

Waste Management in Seattle appear to be headed for a strike in the very near future. Due to the small size of our garbage can, we will have to postpone any litter pickups until the strike is called off or over.

If they do move forward with the strike, I’m sure there will litter alley be a mountain of garbage for us to pickup. We’ll play catch up and fill as many buckets as needed to catch up.

Thanks,

Ben and Lori

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Week 74 – Spring Break

March 21, 2010

To our loyal readers, we took a little Spring Break last week as Ben nursed the last of his winter colds.

It was a beautiful Spring Day that warranted shorts, T-shirts and a slight spring in our step.  It was near 70-‘s weather and BBQ’s were wafting ever-s0-gently in the air…until we reached our point of Spring  clean up which was the Waste Management Plant near the freeway.

Even though the first day of spring was amongst us,  four buckets and ten minutes was all it took to catch up from missing last week.  Ben felt much better and with the arrival of Spring and with the onset of Health Care Reform we felt quite positive of things to come.

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.  Thomas Carlyle

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Week 73 – Trashing the Oscars

March 8, 2010

Ben and I did a quick pick up Sunday to make sure we were home in time for the Oscars. Two buckets in 5 minutes near the stairs leading down to Delridge did not disappoint.What did disappoint?  Not only did Avatar not sweep the Oscars, but it failed to win best picture.  Poor Ben lost the yearly Oscar contest of who can pick the most winners…yet again.

Of course I had the Hurt Locker as best picture and director which was followed by guffaws and smirks.  I was happy to see Babs handing over the Oscar to the first female winner…Break that glass ceiling!

The Oscars finally ended and I went to bed smiling oh-so smugly.  Ben stayed up and pouted, ala the grouchy character on Sesame Street.  The only difference between the two was that Oscar loves trash!

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Week 72 – The Bus Stops Here

March 2, 2010

Going back for round two on the bottom of the hill on Sylvan Way and Delridge (across Sylvan Way from Home Depot), we noticed that our last effort two weeks ago was completely unnoticeable.

Another two buckets in less than two minutes was depressing.  Ben noticed that the places where the bus stops but were void of garbage cans were truly a trash magnet.

We understand budget cuts with the city but having mandatory garbage cans at bus stops are the least we can do. What or whom decides which bus stop garners a garbage can?

I noticed on the Metro website that the bus# 128 only comes every half an hour during certain times of the day.  This may be a large cause to the pile of trash next to the bus stop pole.  People complain about the rubbish at their daily bus stop all over the internet, so obviously people do care.  A simple garbage can could help solve a monumental problem.

I bet even that person who stands there every day wouldn’t mind bending down during their waiting time to beautify their daily bus stop.  When you see a pretty trashy area, people feel inclined to add to the madness.  When you see a pretty area with a large garbage can next to it, people feel inclined to “stop” the madness.

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Week 71 – Giving Back

February 21, 2010

Ben and I have a new addiction….the Marination Mobile.  It’s a Korean/Hawaiian/Taco truck that plants itself all over the city all week long.  But on Saturday’s, the truck belongs to West Seattle! It hangs out on the intersection of Morgan and 35th Ave in an abandoned lot.

The silvery- saucy-fusion mobile arrives early but sits silent and sober.  Ben and I run errands Saturday morning and avert our eyes as we  pass the truck that “tries” to blend into the surroundings.

As we pass the time waiting for the Marination Mobile to stop marinading and start feeding our addictions, we head out to various areas to pick up litter with the promise of yummy tacos as our reward.

Unfortunately we noticed that the abandoned lot that houses our latest West Seattle hot spot was also surrounded by trash. Just like we filled ourselves up, we returned the favor and stuffed two buckets with litter.  In true marinade form, we feel that we also enhance some tough areas and inject a tender flavor throughout.

Whoever thought of mixing Korean/Hawaiian/Mexican food into one…we thank you.  Mahalo nui loa!

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”  James Beard.

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Week 70 – Precedents Day

February 15, 2010

Every week Lori and I attempt to set a precedent, a simple task that we hope motivates other people to join in and help clean up our earth. Recently we added Betty from Louisburg, NC to the Bucket Heads Club and she wrote recently to let us know she filled yet another bucket. We are so happy to have her join our cause and sincerely hope others will do the same.

On Presidents Day today we headed down to Lincoln Park (since we live in Washington State we figured we honored both Presidents in one fell swoop) and picked up a couple buckets of litter (mostly bottles and cans aka recyclables).  It was a beautiful sunny morning that was a taste of Spring. With the Winter Olympics underway in Vancouver BC just north of us we both would rather it be cold and snowy in Seattle to help our snow-starved neighbors to the north.

Two buckets, a nice walk in the sunshine, and twenty minutes of work… how many of you reading this will consider heading out with a bucket or bag to set a precedent of your own?