This just in, a small item from the Department of Petty Annoyances. As you can see, Republic Services has come by and emptied the yard debris bin, as it does in Albany, without fail, every other week.
Nice. And very much appreciated. But then you get a closer look and find:
The cart is only half empty. Or still half full, if you’re on that side of the great half-empty/half-full divide.
So if you were hoping to get rid of the rest of the accumulated pile of leaves in the back yard during this coming two weeks before the next visit of the yard debris truck, you’re out of luck. That pile is not going to fit, again.
Maybe this is your own fault. Maybe you packed those leaves in there too tight. And maybe on the day you did the first batch, there might have been a little moisture in the air. So when you pounded on the second batch on top, to make more room, the lower batch became a solid mass.
Too solid, anyway, to easily slip out when the mighty mechanical arm hefted the cart to the top of the truck and turned it upside down.
Republic Services is a company known for its faithful and reliable service all year round. And maybe it won’t mind a small suggestion: During the leaf-pick-up season, when the city urges us to put leaves in the carts instead of piling them up in the streets, how about giving those carts a couple of extra shakes? (hh)