Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The noble and the neglectful
Middletown's always a surprise.
On the way home I saw an impromptu vegetable stand near the Community Health Center on the West side of Main Street.
I stopped and found Wesleyan student Sarah Tracy supervising the distribution of fresh vegetables from the Wesleyan gardens on Long Lane.
"We distribute coupons," Tracy explained, "And people can redeem them for vegetable that we bring downtown."
I snapped a few pictures then hopped into my car and rounded the corner onto Liberty where I saw a young adult intentionally drop a sizeable piece of litter from a handful of chicken he was eating.
"Pick up your litter," I shouted from my car, stopping to make my point clear.
"F--k you," his friend said.
The young man who dropped the litter said, "Ask nicely."
I said, "Please pick up your litter. I live in this town too."
"F--k this town," his friend said.
"Pardon?" I said.
"F--k this town. And f--k you," he clarified.
The young man who had dropped the litter stooped and retrieved it.
"Thanks," I said to the recalcitrant litterer. And to his friend, "F--k you too."