February 29, 2012: 11:00 a.m.
Weather -6 degrees and overcast, with a threat of snow. Mountains looking strangely close.
Demitri, a sheet metal worker, has only been in Canada for two years and finds the weather very similar to the weather of his own homeland. He was glad to take our photograph for the archive, while puffing on his cigarette over break.
This is our second day out at the pond, gathering up one bag of discarded and manufactured items. Tim Hortons coffee cups are quickly becoming my nemises, as is building insulation. I found myself mumbling, about people who gripe about owners who do not pick up dog poop, “What about picking up your own ________?”
Today’s findings: plastic, five Tim Hortons cups with plastic lids, 25 pieces of foam insulation, a cardboard box, many random pieces of plastic (too many to break down), at least 20 bags for candies and treats such as jelly bellies, 20 sandwich bags, two beer cans.
As I deposited today’s ‘bag’, I noticed that yesterday’s remained at the bin.