Sunday, November 26, 2006

Living in the Boneyard

Maybe contemplating a picked-over turkey carcass brought this to mind, but one of Shaw's little mysteries is why the neighborhood is absolutely littered with chicken bones.

If you don't have a dog, you might not have noticed, but if you do, the bones are impossible to ignore because they are everywhere. Our dogs never fail to find at least two or three every time we walk them--sometimes a lot more.

I suppose it's not that hard to figure out where they come from, but I've never actually seen anyone walking around gnawing on a piece of KFC and flinging the bones on the sidewalk. But someone must have decided to feed those hungry rats.

8 Comments:

At 11/27/2006 7:57 AM, Anonymous TruxtonResident said...

Oh, I've seen them. They come walking up from New York Fried Chicken along P Street towards NJ or from the carryout on NY up along Dunbar ... or just check around Dunbar after a football game. The bones are everywhere as well as the carryout boxes they came in. My hound ALWAYS knows where to look. I have to keep my eyes 2-3 feet in front of his nose at all times just so I can find them before he does. I'd like for those that drop them to get one stuck or splintered in their throat/stomach to see what it can do to a dog. /rob

 
At 11/27/2006 11:56 AM, Anonymous Vose said...

I am from France and I can tell you that over in my country many business owners are too cheap to pay for waste collector company and overload the corner litter can.

 
At 11/28/2006 5:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adams Morgan is like that too; mostly from Popeyes, though. Springtime is the worst...

 
At 11/28/2006 7:26 AM, Anonymous ML said...

While certainly the 'bone-heads' who think littering is okay are to blame, I partially fault the places that don't provide seating. Typically its unhealthy food served from behind plexi-glass, and patrons end up having to take it out into the street to eat where the trash ends up. My reaction to this is to never give my business to any place that doesn't provide seating (or serves from behind plexi-glass) as they aren't what I want in our neighborhood.

 
At 11/28/2006 10:13 AM, Anonymous marty said...

I thought waste collection and street cleaning were pretty good in Paris, non?

It's not difficult to imagine (or remember) a time when it was only those plexi-glass businesses that dared operate in our now improved hoods. Those merchants did not want to be bothered by in-shop diners cum loiterers for the same reason many of us still don't like benches in many public spaces which serve as camping grounds.

Of course, if some folks had nicer roomier light filled homes with c/a, roof/decks and back yard patios -- they might not need to eat and throw on the go. Better dine-in eating establishments, better rat traps -err- public housing, ... better ANC commissioners and active constituents build better communities.

Now that the hoods are nicer, maybe the ANC can spend more time (money?) helping businesses step up and keep with the times rather than throwing away money on tree box memorials for the egomaniacs.

 
At 11/28/2006 11:18 AM, Blogger richard said...

i happen to work near georgetown university and dog walkers have the same chicken bone concerns when walking their little ones. georgetown has a BID and there are still chicken bones all over the place near wisconsin avenue.

 
At 11/29/2006 7:12 AM, Anonymous TruxtonResident said...

Doesn't matter if the establishment has seating or not ... the folks that litter the chicken bones (and everything else from the restaurants) are still going to do it no matter what. It all goes back to common courtesy and manners. /rob

 
At 12/04/2006 10:13 AM, Anonymous SDK said...

Sorry ML, the businesses that don't provide seating aren't the culprits. It's the lazy criminals throwing their trash on the ground (or the floor of the checkout aisle at Giant *eek*) that are to blame. There are plenty of public trash receptacals available. Your complaint is analagous to blaming the firework manufacturers for your lost sleep around the 4th of July.

 

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