Trash Compactors

What really turns your stomach?  (politicians aside)
Lana Turner’s sister, she was a real stomach turner. Lana’s sister was not much to look at, but she loved exercising and that is how she met Jane Fonda, who she introduced to Ted Turner.  Lana was a head turner, and her brother got a job at IHOP where he became a pancake turner.

What would YOU do with the immense amount of ‘garbage’ in the world, if there weren’t dumps or barges (Sorry New York/New Jersey) where it was taken to be processed? 
I have always wondered what would happen if we dumped plastic waste into a volcano and apparently, I am not the only one, as I found this video which discusses this.

We can’t send our garbage out into space, because that would be too expensive, so if we can recycle as much of it as possible and try to compost some of it, all we have left is trash compactors.

What’s the oddest container you’ve ever gotten a gift in?
I don’t know how to answer this, but I will go with a bicycle that had a ribbon on it.

Do people behave differently during Christmas (insert your own holiday or festive season)?

Do they try to be better?
Some do, but I don’t like to generalize.

Do you donate something (money, clothes…) to charities?
I have a bunch of clothes that I am no longer wearing, and I should make an effort to give them away.

Do you give something to homeless people?
I honestly don’t know any homeless people, but sometimes I see them begging with signs when I am stopped at traffic lights.  I feel bad for them, but I usually won’t roll down my window to give them money, as they look perfectly healthy to me and I am sure that if they put as much effort into getting a job, as they put into begging, that they could make their own money.  If feel that if I did give them money, that I would be enabling them to be lazier than they already are.

GRATITUDE SECTION
This is an allegedly joyful time of year.  How do you, personally, FEEL?
I enjoy seeing the houses in my neighborhood decorated, but I have not caught the Christmas spirit yet.

Written for Melanie’s sparksfromacombustiblemind’s Share Your World.

17 thoughts on “Trash Compactors

      1. If you ever visit Salt Lake City, you’ll find a LOT of female beggars. Mostly they’re drug addicts or alcoholics, and they congregate under the freeway bridges and come up to the cars waiting to get on the freeway and beg. I just ignore them whatever gender they are because I’ve found that usually it’s a huge scam and the money goes to drugs or booze OR they have a lot of money, they just don’t like working formally. The worst one I ever saw was this girl who sat in downtown Salt Lake (the business center at the time), during the work week. People gave her loads of money. She looked pregnant. Later in the year she was exposed because she had a cushion stuffed down her clothes to make her look pregnant. A local newpaper photographer caught her in the act of taking it out…I didn’t see her much after that.

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  1. For decades, I resisted giving money to street beggars (I made an exception for performers) for all the good reasons not to. But I changed my mind after listening to a provocative guest speaker sometime around the turn of the century. I am shocked that the longer I live, the more I change. This is unsettling as I expected to get more set in my ways.

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    1. Thanks Sadje. I see all of these people shopping with handicap license plates so they can get the close parking spots and these people can move around better than I can. There are a lot of cheaters out there looking to take advantage of everyone.

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  2. Thanks Jim for Sharing Your World. Great answers, and the bicycle one is fine. That would be a very hard gift to “wrap” and keep secret what it really was. I’m *almost* as cynical as you are about the ‘homeless beggars” I see (read the reply under Paula’s comment for some reasons why). But now and then I’ll get a strong feeling that the person really needs help and that’s the only time I will give them maybe $5 or less, and that’s happened about three times in my entire adult life. The majority of those people are better off than you or I in fact, drive nice new cars, and live in upscale homes. You put your finger on it with the ‘lazy’ remark in my opinion. Maybe they really do earn enough to live off of, but it would kill my soul to have to do that ‘job’. The amount of abuse one would get would never be worth the effort. Many people don’t have the ‘spirit’ this year either. A lot of different reasons for it too. Have a great week!

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