In my neck of the woods it seems there’s some cosmic rule that if we’re going to get unbelievably high winds, they must occur on the night before garbage day — preferably after you’ve taken your trash and recycling out to the curb.
I can’t count the number of times this happens.
It happens with such regularity that yesterday when my dad stopped by, I followed him outside carrying my two recycling bins and he said, “And of course it’s windy the day before garbage day.”
You’ve heard of Murphy’s Law. This is Central New York’s Law.
We don’t ordinarily get crazy, gusting winds here in Central New York. It isn’t as if we’re on the plain. But they do happen from time to time, usually when a weather front is moving in that will radically alter temperatures. And for some reason, these radical shifts in weather always seem to fall on the night before garbage day.
It was so bad last night, Joe Biden wouldn’t have been able to walk down the sidewalk, let alone the stairs to Air Force One.
I woke up at four o’clock this morning to the *rumble*rumble*rumble* of several empty garbage cans rolling aimlessly down my street like plastic tumbleweeds. Heaven only knows what happened to the former contents of those now-empty trash cans.
My two recycling bins (set one inside the other) were tipped over, so I went outside to put them back in place. Fortunately nothing had fallen out – mostly because after years of high winds before garbage day, I’ve become a master at containing my recycling within the bins. I can’t say the same for my neighbors. There was a lot of recycling in my yard, but none of it was mine. And let me tell you, my neighbors go through a LOT of bottled water and gallon jugs of milk.
Around six-thirty, the city recycling truck came through, so I went out to bring in my empty bins before they blew away. There was so much trash on my street it looked like the aftermath of a March for the Climate.
Tonight, we get the fruits of this dramatic shift in weather. An April 1st snowstorm is forecast for the region. So tomorrow we’ll be shoveling snow and trash out of our driveways. Which around here, like the robin’s return, is a certain sign of spring.
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