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Friday, August 11, 2006

Do other people do this?

Just a random thought. I've had to explain this to relatives living outside of Lexington, and both a conversation and an entry on another blog brought this to mind.

Do other cities name their trash receptacles?

We have Herbie Curbie/Kerbie. He is dark green.
Then there's Rosie, the light blue recycling bin, presumable his wife.
Then they apparently produced an offspring, Lenny, a grey-green container for yard waste (as in Lend a Hand, use your Lenny). If you don't have one, you use paper bags big enough to put body parts in. They don't really have names. I wonder if they feel left out. Then there are those of us apartment dwellers doomed and limited to the ever present Dumpster. Is that a brand name? Or another receptacle name?

Really, do others do this? I know I've ranted about it before, and I like the names, but is it just a little weird that not only do they have names but everyone in the city knows what you mean when you say, 'It's time to take the Rosie out to the kerb'?

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