Sunday, December 06, 2015
Garbage in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Once I saw them with huge, and I do mean huge, white wings hanging over the back of the truck. As you can see one guy sorts, one guy catches the bags that others on the street throw up to them and the guy on the right bangs on the truck so the driver will move on down the street.
To know that the garbage truck is coming, there is a kid, who must be stone deaf with two metal pieces that he bangs together, about a block in front of the truck, He bangs them so loud that you see people come flying out of their houses with cans and bags in tow. It is a deafening sound.
When the garbage truck in my neighborhood comes on Tuesdays, I can hear the kid banging on the metal bars two blocks away. Hence, I say, he must be stone deaf.
The whole thing is a crescendo of activity of humans who enjoy life and don't appear to mind having a job that for most would be a job that they would not want. These guys don't seem to mind. They wave, they smile and they definitely can throw those cans up into the back of the truck in true athletic fashion.
I have more photos, but gave up finding them last night. It's just one of those minor adventures that always makes me grab for my camera to document another bit of life on the streets of San Miguel.