High Winds and Garbage Day

High Winds and Garbage Day

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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5 thoughts on “High Winds and Garbage Day

  • March 31, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Linda picked the first daffodil of the season the other day.
    So many fingerling sprouts shooting up.
    Her 30 newly planted (last fall) Tulips are popping – hurray!
    Not a very good maple syrup season in this region.
    The first snowstorm was so heavy it insulated the ground from freezing which is something the maple trees need. The sugar content of the syrup is very low that without a reverse osmosis machine to filter off the water, it’s almost useless attempting to make syrup.
    Hope the flareups have properly receded.

  • March 31, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Out here in fly-over country, we have slightly different outcome from this type of weather. We had 50-60 mph winds the last two days, but our yards are littered with shingles, not recyclables. We briefly had curb side recycling (with the associated fees), but it was quickly discontinued. Our recycle bins are now located next to our landfill, and I found out why. After “recycling” my cardboard, I watched the recycle truck empty bins and proceed to dump them directly in the adjacent landfill. Since the Chinese no longer purchase any recyclables from the US, I suspect the same scenario is being played out across the country. I assume that New York and other “progressive” states mandate recycling and are doing the same thing, along with charging handsomely for the convenience of curb side “recycling”. That would be right in line with all the other disingenuous virtue signaling Dems pride themselves with.

  • March 31, 2021 at 9:54 am

    I was laughing out loud reading this. The dig at Biden in climate marchers was perfect! It’s the same here in Florida. Always the day before recycling it’s windy as heck.

  • March 31, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Isn’t it odd how the word RECYCLING and virtually eliminated the phrase THROW THIS OUT? No longer are we to THROW THINGS OUT; they must be ‘recycled’ or ‘repurposed’. It is all so silly and I refuse to play along with the asinine virtue-preening of Leftist loons.

  • March 31, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Penn & Teller did a series once called BS! (I watched some on Amazon Prime)
    One episode dealt with the entire scam-nature philosophy of “recycling “. Good show and good series that’s both informative and entertaining.

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