Tim Chitwood: Camping? Don't forget the porno

February 23, 2014 

When your wife tells you to put out the garbage and you say you already did and she says then go back and keep an eye on it, it’s Monday Mail.

No respect

Today's opening is from Rodney Dangerfield.

Trash talk

Let's bag up that Pine Mountain Trail Association roadside cleanup we plugged last week and put it out by the curb. Here's the after-action report filed Saturday by Jim Hall:

Our PMTA roadside trash pickup workday was a huge success and a safe day too! We had 90 volunteers who worked to clean up … about 17 road miles. How long did this take? Just at 2½ hours! Thanks to 70 folks who signed up ahead of time and the 20 who showed up to help. We had one family of eight from Atlanta, plus another family who always supports our trail work, "the Heard herd," led by Ronnie and Traci with sons Matthew and Christopher. One couple brought an exchange student from China, and several folks brought their children and grandchildren. ... Thanks also to a group from the LaGrange Housing Authority. Thanks also to Sam Burke for helping me out all morning....

As always we had a display of "strange things" found. This year's list included a toilet tank top, basketball backstop, drive shaft from a car, skunk's tail in a bottle, motorcycle body parts, silver chop-stick, LOTS of lighters, brand new copper pot scrubber (in a package), broken porno DVD, several vintage beer and soft drink cans and some "unmentionable" items. Not to mention the hundreds of beer and wine bottles and beer cans....

Again, thanks so much to all who signed up, showed up and participated in a really fun work day. So many thanked us for having this workday and commented on how much they enjoyed the work. The roads through FDR State Park look so good.

To top off the day we presented FDR State Park via naturalist Amy Waite with a new cedar tree to plant in honor of Arbor Day yesterday. The tree was given by Trees Columbus to replace a cedar tree broken in front of the park office in last week's ice storm.

As a final note, we just hope the knuckleheads who throw stuff out their vehicles will give us a break and help keep FDR State Park cleaner roadside!

P.S. … Thanks again to Tim Chitwood from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer for talking about our event in the paper twice! This really helped!

As for bringing you the strangest thing as a "prize," well, the old bottles and cans got taken home by their finders (and the DVD got destroyed).

Dear Jim:

So what is it with the porno DVDs that keep turning up in the state park? Who takes pornography camping? And what do you play it on?

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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