Have I mentioned that I don't like taking the trash out? I really don't. (Aside: Whenever my home teacher comes over and asks, "Is there anything I can do for you?" I always say, "Yes. You can take my trash out," and he does. Sometimes I will purposely not take out my trash and have, on occasion gone around the apartment emptying all of the trash cans just so I have something for him to take. Best Home Teacher Ever. I'm pretty sure he looks forward to it, and it's not like my last home teachers who asked and I said, "Can you please move my two-ton piano across my carpeted living room floor?") It's a lot better since I've changed apartments. There are three dumpster locations at the Hub and all of them were approximately 18 miles away from my old apartment, which meant that on the long walk down I contemplated life without fingers as the trash bag strings cut off all blood flow to them. I'm much closer now but it still does not change the fact that I have to put on shoes and sometimes a sweater to take the trash out.
This is all beside the point - which is that a few months ago I was taking the trash out and I opened the door to the dumpster and there was a gentleman inside rummaging for recyclables. I was stumped. Because what is the proper etiquette for this?
a.) Avert your eyes and stammer, "Um...er...uh...well...nevermind," and walk away, trash bag still in hand.
b.) Smile, say hello, and gingerly place the bag in the dumpster, like you come across this thing all the time and know exactly how to handle yourself. You put it far enough away from him so that it doesn't mess up any form of organization he may have working down there but close enough so if he wanted the tin cans in the bag he would have easy access to them.
c.) Climb in and help him look.
d.) None of the above. You have a Wealth Benefactor who takes the trash out for you.
I did b but my mind was totally going for a. Awkward!
I was reminded of all of this when I drove by the dumpster this morning and saw a hand with a trash bag pop out of it. I'm pretty sure I had a heart attack.