Saturday, May 28, 2011

Passover Lane

This charming cottage faces onto the cemetery which makes for an ideal neighborhood in my opinion. The dead are a quiet bunch on the whole, though Key West's cemetery is a beautiful spot and does attract visitors.The thing about small charming living spaces is that everything tends to hang out, as it were. A shopping expedition can lead to storage issues and I know when we get home from Miami on occasion, and we mostly buy food and clothing Up North I look at the packed trunk of the car and sigh because I just know it's going to have to be squeezed into our less than 800 square foot suburban home. Packaging usually gets the machete treatment unlike this lot, put curbside with no apparent effort to cut it down to size:We now have single stream recycling in the Lower Keys and Waste Management says we can recycle all categories of plastic 1 through 7, which is cool. But recycling remains a failure in these small islands as far as I can tell. Only about 6 percent of the waste stream makes into recycling and the youngsters I work with think I'm eccentric because I take the modest amount of time needed to separate the trash in the office. I see no future for recycling in the Keys if the businesses can't be bothered and youngsters don't get it.Scootering is one form of conservation everyone gets to one degree or another. I liked the look of these two Genuine Buddy scooters in their shady off street parking. The Yamaha dealer on North Roosevelt has taken over the Genuine dealership, after it languished hopelessly at the Honda shop on Southard for a couple of years. There are now lots of these cute reliable scooters around town. I think they've sold one geared Stella 150 in that time.

Memorial weekend is the official start of summer in the US and schools down here get out in a couple of weeks. This is a boating weekend even though the weather has been fine in the Keys for weeks. Highway One is packed with boats on trailers, hotels are busy and no doubt I will be busy at work these holiday nights. Recession? What recession?


Amanda said...

My favorite successful recycling policy is the one that was in place in Bloomington IN when I lived there during the middle years of the last decade. Recycling was single-stream and free. To have your trash disposed of, though, you had to purchase "trash tags" for $2 each from the grocery store. Each tag was good for pick-up of one bag of trash, up to 32 gallons' worth.

I lived in a house with 2 other girls, and our recycling overflowed every week, but we only ever had one, 32 gal bag of trash each week.

Contrast that to today, living in the BVI with my husband, and no recycling available, and we go through about 3-4 20 gal bags per week.

Conchscooter said...

Great idea but around here paying for trash would drive people nuts.

Chuck and the Pheebs said...

When you get a chance, go down the little footpath on Passover - it's a pedestrian only portion of the Lane - we almost bought a house down it.

It's like living up the Keys; seclusion in the middle of town.

I liked the dichotomy.


Amanda said...

I was going to ask, "but aren't you already paying the county for trash collection anyway?" but a little research shows that Monroe County residential trash collection is free--something I've never seen anywhere I've lived in the States and that defeats that argument.

Businesses still pay for trash collection though, and a policy like the one I mentioned could at least encourage businesses to recycle more.

Rob and Susie said...

Thanks, Michael, for making our two Buddies somewhat famous!

Conchscooter said...

They should be infamous for looking so cute.

Rob said...

"Cute"? Hey, didn't you notice one was an Italia?