I got one of those bird feeder cameras a while back, but I didn’t set it up until a few days ago! It’s a little crooked, but I have a regular visitor already! She doesn’t seem to be a fan of peanuts, though.
This weekend is my city’s annual Curbside Cleanup. Residents can set out all sorts of junk starting Thursday. On Saturday garbage collection companies come by and take the stuff that normally can’t go in a weekly pickup. It’s a great incentive to go through the house and get rid of clutter.
For two days people drive through neighborhoods in everything from old pickup trucks to U-Haul rentals to tiny cars. Big trailers are common. Folks pick through the piles of stuff. Scrap metal at the curb doesn’t last more than a half hour. Landlords take a lot of furniture. Others hope to get lucky and find something useful with life left in it. I wonder though if the guy who picks up an air hockey table this year will set it out next year. By the time the garbage trucks arrive on Saturday morning about 75% of the stuff has already been taken. Talk about recycling!
Yeah, a lot of this stuff could be sold on Craigslist for a few bucks. But the convenience of setting it at the curb and not exchanging emails with some flake who may or may not show up makes “for free” an easy choice.
Sheila and I put out a desk one of our sons used to use as well as two worn office chairs. A woman and her daughter who’s getting her own apartment next year took the desk and chairs. A few years ago I saw a vintage Schwinn 3-speed bike. I grabbed it, cleaned it up, and sold it for $150.
Each year Sheila and I have a party in our garage and watch the procession of vehicles. Last night many of our neighbors (and a few dogs) joined us for tacos, desserts, and drinks. Some neighborhood kids were home from college for the Easter weekend. It was nice seeing them again.
The beers pictured above were courtesy of my next door neighbor. He brought over a nice selection to share with us.
Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter was dark and sweet. It’s from the Rivertown Brewing Company in Ohio.
Winning last night’s award for most unusual name (coming in at 16 syllables) and most unusual flavor was Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. This interesting beer is from the Evil Genius Beer Co. in Pennsylvania. I definitely could taste the peanut butter. Luckily it did not stick to the roof of my mouth.