Monday, March 10, 2008

Now That's Something You Just Don't See...

Today being Monday I had to get Anna down and up from her nap a little earlier than I do on a usual day. Monday's and Wednesday's we've been going to swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center in town. I'll be honest, I've not enjoyed the experience as much as the children have. This is not necessarily the point of this post.
While heading into town for the lessons Anna and I passed something rather unusual on the side of the road. Something I can honestly say I have never seen before, ever. I initially thought what I saw was a mail delivery person, it was not.
What I saw was an older blue-gray truck being driven way over on the shoulder of the road. The driver was sitting in the passenger seat while driving, thus the initial mail delivery thought. As I drove up closer to the vehicle I saw a very long metal object coming out of the passenger window - being operated by the driver. This object was a "grabber" or "picker-upper" of sorts. The driver, while driving from the passenger seat, was picking up soda cans from the ditch. Then releasing them into the bed of his truck.
Have I mentioned he was driving?
While approaching the truck I witnessed him do this at least twice. I had to pass him eventually or I'm sure I'd have seen him continue this - activity.
I have no idea if he was a part of the group that "beautifies" that stretch of the road or if he was doing this for supplemental income. I just found this rather amazing. I continued on to town with my mouth still hanging open. Hunh....

15 comments:

Carla Stream said...

Is that what they do where you live? Best get on it!!

I just read about Connor Dykes on KSTP. Wasn't he the little boy we were praying about awhile ago?

Katie R. said...

Hi Mrs. Stream,
I know! So many things I've got to learn and do out here in the country.

That is the same Connor. It's a pretty amazing story. The strength of his parents just amazes me. Thank you for praying.

I should do a little update...

<---That Girl said...

wow. That's a new one on me.

Jessica said...

Hmm. Even I - a born and bred southern girl and therefore aqcuainted with strange behavior - have never seen that one. Hunh indeed.

Jessica said...

Katie, I'd like to be in touch with you more about our common struggles, if I may. It would mean a lot to me to be able to write back and forth with someone who has traveled this road before. I can post my email address if you're willing to chat with me more about it.

LauraLynn said...

You might be a Redneck if.......

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Make sure somehow that "Jessica" is indeed who you think, it might be a man or child abductor- I have seen some pretty weird things happen on the web when you give out personal information- There is no way to really know- You can never be to safe..........

Katie R. said...

Thanks Laura,
I know who this Jessica is. That's a good reminder though to be careful.

:)

Katie R. said...

Jessica,
I'd be happy to correspond with you. If you post your email now I'll get it right away and then delete your post. Nobody reading this right now would abuse your info.

Kara Jo said...

I'm betting it was supplemental income. My cousin's kids do this in California. (They are RICH, though, I might add.) His kids take their little motorized kid cars with kid trailer attachment and make regular rounds around the neighborhood. They've made some good cash and are learning lots about saving, spending and investing. I'm tempted to try it myself. :)

Jessica said...

Hey, Katie,

I don't know what the best, low-risk way is going to be to get my email address to you. Should we set a time for me to post it? Then there's the time difference.... Hmm.....

If only we didn't have to worry about crazy folks out there, huh? We'll figure it out. Thanks for your willingness to "talk" with me.

Carla Stream said...

Do either one of you have a contact me spot on your blogs? Curious. That is how people have gotten in touch with me.
Just trying to get the girls together!! :)

Carla Stream said...

I mean in your profile. Shutting up.

Katie R. said...

Thank you Carla, I'll check. You never have to be "shutting up" on my blog. :)

Jessica said...

No worries! I just put one up. Never knew it was that easy, actually. Thanks for the idea, Carla!

kristi noser said...

Did this guy have one red suspender and one green one? Just wondering...