I am 62. I have two of those large puppies because we only get garbage
pickup once a week. The pickup point is at least 1/2 mile away from my
house. I have an ATV. For a long time, I would tie one to the back, and
roll it down, tipped slightly. Sometimes, I had two of them on there.
Sometimes they spilled. But the route was fairly flat with only a couple of
steep dips. I never could get the hang of just pulling it with my hand, as
I have had two shoulder surgeries and heart surgery.
I did find a little trailer at a yard sale that will carry the two of them,
and up to five empty ones. When they are all empty, I bring back mine and
the neighbor's. If he's first to get there when they're empty, he brings
That would not help you. Get some help before you hurt yourself. I know
you're tough, but it's time to stand back and watch the young guys do it.
Walter, DON'T DON'T DON'T t!!!! I have read the entire thread, and
beg you to heed the advice re: contacting the municipality or
and requesting aid in light of your age and the steep driveway.
Explore all levels of government, and if nothing works, contact a
in your nearest municipality and explain your predicament. I bet they
will be able to help you.
If all else fails, do budget for a few bucks to a youngster (or even
an unemployed person). IT'S NOT WORTH THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES!
Last summer, I was pushing -- on the flats --my wheeled recycling
cart, which the transient apt. dwellers across the alley had filled
with 40 lbs. of their moving-out paper discards. (The alley, BTW),has
plenty of oversize recycling carts!! When I raised hell with the
City, they finally provided this building with the recycling carts
they should have had all along -- this was after decades of them
dumping in my cans.)
It got away from me and I ended up head-first inside the can, with a
giant gash and a broken wrist. You can imagine how long it took for
the wrist to heal (I am no spring chicken either!). It is NOT WORTH
IT for you to risk something similar, or heaven forbid, a broken
Pls reassure me & group that you are taking action -- in keeping with
your URL "Rationality.net" <g>
Oh my freaking doG! Just man up, start exercising/working out/whatever, and
suck it up. 80 isn't that old. If you have health issues it's most likely
because you don't do anything. Get off the couch now, while you still can.
There's no reason not to be completely active and functional until your very
last day. Sheesh!
Researchers have always believed there existed more than one
specimen of the fabled Plonkasaurus. Ancient data storage
devices once used on the predecessor of The Universe Net or
Versenet as it is more commonly called today have given a
number of data diggers (electronic archaeologists) great
hope in finding out more about The Cult Of Plonk and those
who belonged to it. As for Versenet, the younglings call it
The Verz or simply Verz. I see younglings walking around
talking to themselves and I thought they were mentally ill
until I realized they had the new retina implant videophone. At
least when you see someone talking to their thumb, you knew
they were using their implanted thumbnail video interface. When
I was a youngling, I recall my great, great, great grandfather
telling me about oldtech called bluetooth that people once used
in conjunction with those really huge communicators called
cellphones. When my 3paw said bluetooth, I said "3pop, people
get any color tooth they want today, why could they only get a
blue tooth?" When 3paw explained that he saw people walking
around talking to themselves like they were crazy, I didn't know
then that I would have the same thing happen to me some day.
My 3paw was a cool old guy, he still wore things called eyeglasses.
My 3pop died at age 150 of TOF when Obama General Hospital
told us he didn't qualify for any more organ replacements or
regenerations. The last thing he said to us was "What a ride, what
a ride" It's amazing that when I was a youngling, people died at
such an early age. I still still think about my 3paw every day and
how much he taught me.
WALTER, ARE YOU LISTENING?
I hope by now you have reached out to your local government,
municipal, county, whatever, for assistance,
as well as to the Senior Center, and/or to a house of worship, if you
belong to one (though somebody who
signs "rationality.net" may not be affiliated <g>
Somebody in this thread -- maybe more than one poster -- mentioned
slipping on the ice.
Here's "Dear Abby" for today:
"DEAR ABBY: Early this year, my mother went to the curb to collect the
empty trash bin and put it away for the week. As she wheeled it behind
her home, she slipped on the ice and BROKE HER HIP.C She lives alone
and was in the back of her property where NOBODY COULD SEE OR HEAR
Fortunately, she'd had the foresight to GRAB HER CELL PHONE before she
went outside. Because she was unable to stand up she could have frozen
to death. She called 911 and within minutes an ambulance arrived to
take her to the hospital.
Mom had surgery to repair the hip and is recovering, but it was a
close call. This is a reminder to your readers that if they live alone
-- or have parents who do -- to make sure to have a cell phone
available at all times. -- RELIEVED SON IN ELKHART, IND.
DEAR RELIEVED SON: I'm pleased to pass along your important message.
Your mother did, indeed, have a close call. It must have been her
guardian angel who handed her her cell phone as she left the house
that wintry day. Please tell her I said so and that I hope she's
I don't go for that "guardian angel" crap; maybe the mother was just
Reason I'm posting this is to reinforce what seems to be a NG opinion
that you are taking big chances, mickey-mousing
your trash collection by the various means you have outlined.
Take your sword and cut the Gordian knot before it's too late!
Two ways to go here:
Reduce the weight of each trip. Leave your garbage bin empty all
week, roll it down the hill empty, carry the bags down one at a time.
They can be as small as you want, you're the one filling them.
More controversial, reduce the total weight of your garbage. This may
depend on what recycling is available in your area. I lived in a
location where the allowable garbage pickup was one kitchen sized bin
(1 foot square, 3 feet high) every two weeks, and if it contained
anything recyclable (paper, aluminum, etc.) then it could be rejected
or you could be fined. We recycled everything possible and had no
trouble fitting our garbage into the bin. This was from a family of
four. It can be done with little effort once it is a habit.
Get a smaller cart and fill the bins at the curb. You have to make more
trips that way but it is a whole lot better than hurting yourself.
You also might get a trailer that you could pull with the garden tractor.
The trash company could probably deal with the cans on the trailer.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
Leave the cans at the end of the driveway and carry the trash to the cans.
I live in a rural area too and have a long driveway. I leave my can sitting
unobtrusively beside my driveway. On trash day, I only have to move the can
about 15 feet and it's at the street. After the collector's come, I move
the empty can back.
Walter , there is an easier way to move trash bins over long and steep
driveways, check it my website, it is a simple bracket to tow wheeled
bins.It is called TOW-A-BIN.
Don;t Drag It!Tow It!
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