Thursday, January 14, 2010
Ocala/Elkhart garbage can
In some areas of the city, Ocala gives each house a garbage can. It is numbered and belongs to that particular house (not the owners!) If you lose it or steal it, and they catch you, you have to attend 365 sessions of the City Council as punishment. Nah, just kidding. That would be cruel and unusual punishment which is forbidden by our Constitution). Anyway, these are special garbage cans that are emptied by special machinery on a garbage truck - no humans involved.
Our garbage can, which we received last year, was brand new and had a painted city logo. But a few blocks from us, the people had to do with "used" garbage cans which carried a City of Ocala decal.
One day, I noticed that the decals were peeling away to reveal that these garbage cans originally came from Elkhart, Indiana!
I have no idea what's going on here. Did Elkhart have more than they needed and so gave them to Ocala? Did Elkart have a financial crisis and thus sold off their garbage cans? Were they the wrong color?
This is one of the sweet...er, smelly...mysteries of life!