Well, I was having a nice weekend until midnight last night that is. When someone in the apartments behind us decided that throwing cigarette butts into ivy, which had been previously sprayed with Wasp killing Insect spray, was an OK thing to do. First, throwing cigarette butts anywhere is not ok, and second insect spray is flammable. What followed was a fire that, of course, went uphill into our yard. Luckily, my wife and I were still up and heard that interesting crackling noise that fire makes. Where upon we saw that the backyard was lit up and not from a bar-b-cue with to much lighter fluid.
We were able to get the fire out with the garden hose, but still had the fire department come out. Because with fire you don't mess around, blacksmithing, California and friends in fire departments have taught me that.
This leads me to 2 interesting observations about Georgians. The first observation is that Georgians flick, throw, drop and spit cigarette butts out of moving vehicles, when just walking around and/or even when on the porch. Hello people, that’s how fires start. In California, if someone did that, you would be hunted down.
The second observation is that Georgians are litter bugs. They drop trash everywhere, and don’t even bat an eyelash about it, even when you confront them about it. Whenever a coworke and I go fishing, we will bring a bag to collect trash, not ours but from others, and we always fill it up. I have decided that during the 70’s and 80’s they never played the “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” ads on TV in Georgia. And just to show that I am not making this up, take a look at these photos of UGA’s north campus the day after a football game. They speak for themselves.