Garbage pick up in Ithaca is strange, at least to me. Instead of paying a monthly fee to the city, we buy stickers that go on trash bins. There are two options: full size (35 lbs) or half size. Each sticker is good for one bin. If the garbage collectors see the trash can on the curb with the sticker, they will stop and retrieve the waste. Recycling, which is collected every other week, is free, and most recyclable items are collected. In general, I think it is a good system because it gives a reward for recycling. Inconvenient, however, are the stickers. They are available at local grocery stores and maybe city hall. Last week, I went to Tops (thinking it would be less crowded than Wegmans) to pick up some stickers. When I walked into the store, a woman was pedaling off on an adult-sized tricycle. “Wow, that’s cool,” I thought. “I want one!”
I have a very long wish list for the imaginary, fanciful “time when we have extra money.” So far, on this list is: 1) a Wii with a Wii fit, 2) a rowing machine, 3) a scooter and 4) a new desk set for my office. And now, an adult tricycle. Today’s “Ask Umbra” column on grist.org discusses these strange beasts, although Umbra outlines safety and pracitical issues arising from the three-wheelers. I do have a reasonably good bike, but I am scared to ride it. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was quite old in the scheme of things (9 or 10). Also, I don’t have a lot of coordination or stamina, so I would be likely to hurt myself, and I certainly can’t make it up the hill to our house (though the three-seater wouldn’t solve that problem). Looking on George’s bicycle map of Ithaca, I saw that the hill’s grade is greater than 8%.
Of course, this is all moot since there will never be a time when we have extra money for my extras!