A Great Idea!

I have found that many people in my area do not recycle….the biggest excuse is that they cannot see how they benefit from it….I am sure that there are other that feel that way….after all we Americans are self-centered and want everything to be about themselves.

I read a great article about a program in Turkey that should be considered here in this country especially those cities with a subway…….

If you find yourself in Istanbul and you’re short on change for your train fare, the bottles of water or cans of beer that are hiding in your recycling bin might come in handy. İTÜ-Ayazağa metro station in Maslak, the city’s second-largest financial district, now accepts recyclable cans and bottles as train fare. The city’s municipal government and an Istanbul-based IT company called Isbak introduced reverse vending machines to the station in mid-October to encourage customers to recycle more by making it super convenient.

Customers can top up their city transportation pass (Istanbul Card) by feeding the reverse vending machines with recyclable plastic bottles and aluminium cans. The machines will crush, shred and sort out the recyclable waste. According to the New York Times, the city wants to introduce 100 more at 25 locations, including schools and universities before the year is out.


A great way for people to see a benefit to recycle plus a way for many plastic and tin cans out of the streets and environment…..

I Like this type of thinking….shows there is hope yet.  Is there a reason the US cannot do this?

Smile Through The Pain

Another Sunday and another bottle of wine….a lovely Bordeaux…..after a good breakfast of spinach and mushroom omelette ….the day looks so much brighter than it did when I arose.

MoMo after a hard day of chasing squirrels and that damn tail she lost…..LOL

Enough jocularity!

Have you seen the happy little turds that are pushing one diet after another….they lost 100 pounds…..or 35 pounds…..or whatever poundage they want to push….the special meals or those shakes or those machines….weight loss is what we are selling and making the gullible believe….

But you know all that happiness could hide something “dark”…..

One woman lost the weight and now is telling the tale of the after………

“In the fitting room of a Limited Too in Miami, I told my mother, You’re hurting me. She was sausaging my body into an American flag T-shirt in the largest size they sold.  

She was trying to help.

In the third grade, I’d pore over their catalog for hours, longing not only for the bohemian-chic bandana halter tops but for the body that would allow me to wear them. The T-shirt was for a patriotic school event, red, white and blue temporarily replacing our khaki-based uniforms. I ended up wearing something else.


This is a story that you seldom hear or read….the after days and how it effects you mentally.

Her story reminds me of a friend from years back…..she was always overweight and then decided to lose those unwanted pounds….she finally found the diet for her and she dropped 57 pounds….and she became unhappy with herself after a year or so…..she started drinking and eating and died after drinking too much…..her sister said at her funeral….”was it really worth it?”

May have been an isolated case but I miss her….she was a good friend and let body image destroy her life.

Sorry to be a downer……time for me to let MoMo out to continue her quest for that damn squirrel.