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Old 04-24-2012, 01:39 PM
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Happy Earth Day, everybody! Just when we thought our faith in the drunkards had been restored, we spotted this disaster area left behind after throngs of Marina District revelers took their overconsumption outdoors yesterday afternoon. After a brief stop at the Marina Dateway, where the neighborhood grocery store was experiencing a run on domestic beer and ladies were overheard discussing the caloric content of various vodkas, we found this scene on the grass at Fort Mason around 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

What looked something like this during the afternoon, by sunset looked like a good place to catch Hepatitis. That's also when the seagulls started swooping in, probably looking for beer can rings to choke themselves to death with. (Because of how disappointed in humanity they were.)

Not to get all hippie-preachy or anything, but this is kind of an offensive amount of trash, right? Do normal and reasonable human beings not look at that mess and say, "...maybe we ought to like, I don't know? Take some of this trash with us? To a trash can?" or "Maybe we should bring that coffee table back home?" We've seen our share of litter-y days in Dolores Park and some embarrassing trash pileups in Golden Gate Park, but leaving actual pieces of living room furniture is a whole new level of prickish park use.

"Those trash picker guys are going to be stoked about this!" was one justification we heard for the mess. We tried to get someone from the neighborhood recycling center on the phone to settle that bet, but they are unfortunately not open on Sundays, so we'll have to follow up on that later.
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While there's no doubt that there was a lot of litter around, I can pretty much guarantee you that this particular pile was the wosrt of it. Look at the trash in the background and you'll see some scattered about, but nothing like the pile in the foreground. A lot of times, a camera angle can be VERY deceptive. In this case, the picture seems to have been taken to maximize the impression of a massive amount of trash. My guess is that this spot was the worst of a bad situation and the photographer did his/her best to maximize it's impact.
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While there's no doubt that there was a lot of litter around, I can pretty much guarantee you that this particular pile was the wosrt of it. Look at the trash in the background and you'll see some scattered about, but nothing like the pile in the foreground. A lot of times, a camera angle can be VERY deceptive. In this case, the picture seems to have been taken to maximize the impression of a massive amount of trash. My guess is that this spot was the worst of a bad situation and the photographer did his/her best to maximize it's impact.
If you go to the link, they supply six photos...

Also, since these pictures are in the daylight, it's obviously they were taken the day after when volunteers already started the cleanup process...
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If you go to the link, they supply six photos...

Also, since these pictures are in the daylight, it's obviously they were taken the day after when volunteers already started the cleanup process...
It looks like they've collected and piled all the trash in one spot and that is the spot the photographer chose as "representative".
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If you go to the link, they supply six photos...

Also, since these pictures are in the daylight, it's obviously they were taken the day after when volunteers already started the cleanup process...
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It looks like they've collected and piled all the trash in one spot and that is the spot the photographer chose as "representative".
There's no doubt that there was some serious trash spread around, but the pic used isn't representative of the whole. The fact is that even if that pic showed all the trash in the park (which it doesn't), it's still an egregious violation of this park's rules and basic courtesy. The Earth Day party pics from Delores Park were almost as bad, so my guess is that people jsut don't give a rat's ass in SF. Talk the talk, but the minute it comes to walking the walk, suddenly it's all about not having to deal with their own trash. In my neck of the woods, if someone had left behind a pile of trash like that, somone would have gathered it up, followed them home and returned their belongings to them by dropping them off in their front yard.
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There's no doubt that there was some serious trash spread around, but the pic used isn't representative of the whole. The fact is that even if that pic showed all the trash in the park (which it doesn't), it's still an egregious violation of this park's rules and basic courtesy. The Earth Day party pics from Delores Park were almost as bad, so my guess is that people jsut don't give a rat's ass in SF. Talk the talk, but the minute it comes to walking the walk, suddenly it's all about not having to deal with their own trash. In my neck of the woods, if someone had left behind a pile of trash like that, somone would have gathered it up, followed them home and returned their belongings to them by dropping them off in their front yard.
Sadly they don't do that where I live I'm forever picking up stuff when I walk along the roadside

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On any given day you can find stuff like this in any number of Detroits neighborhoods.

A couple of years ago me and a friend drove through the neighborhood where we went to high school. Many of the houses were burnt out shells and the grounds looked like someone took about twenty trash cans and just dumped them all over. I could not believe that was the same neighborhood I went to school in.....
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Does Mother Nature know how to roll her eyes?...
Yes. We call the phenomenon "hurricane season." You can watch the eyes roll all over the Pacific and the Atlantic and sometimes major population centers. That last, though, is really how Mother Nature makes a deep sigh.
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