Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Malden Mondays had 3 beers at Hugh O'Neill's after work and is taking the day off. Enjoy this instead (with the sound on!):

Monday, March 10, 2008

Malden Mondays: Trash

I know I didn't post a Malden Monday last week. Sorry John!

This week's MM is going to be a gripe. It's about trash. Like the fact that my street is covered in it. I guess my household is the only one on the street that puts their trash in trashbags. All of the others may as well heap it on the sidewalk in the hopes that the trash collectors will come along with shovels to scoop it up. At what point can the city come in and make people take care of 1) the trash they put out for the collectors and 2) the trash that gets blown around and lodges in their fence/bushes/gravel square passing as a front yard?

The city in general has a lax take on trash. Or at least here on the "East" side of Malden (considered by some to be the wrong side of the tracks--literally. The T cuts the city in half). When I walk home from Malden Center, I take Salem Street. This is a very busy street--the High School and library are on it, and it leads to Maplewood Square and Route 1. There is not a single trash barrel on this stretch. Now, if I buy a coffe at Dunkin' Donuts in Malden Center and finish it on my way home, I hold onto it and toss it in the trash at my house. But it is clear that the hundreds of other pedestrians and high school students don't. There's trash everywhere. The people who live along this stretch of Salem Street have clearly given up--they don't bother planting anything in their yards, or even cleaning out the trash that gets thrown in there. I'm not sure what to do about this--there are only so many battles I have time to spearhead!!!


As you know, I had to take a month off from knitting because my wrist was bothering me. Over-knitted, I guess. I've been easing back into it, working little by little on a baby blanket that had been snoozing.

Well, I think I've finally 1) changed my knitting technique so it doesn't hurt anymore 2) (more or less) stablized my guage. So, I'm tackling my Ravelry Scarf Exchange item. I felt really badly about putting this scarf off because someone was expecting it at a designated time. So I'm excited to finish it up and send it. I totally love the yarn/pattern combo--the scarf feels so soft. I can't stop running my hands over it. Just hope Amy likes it too!