A journal of my life as an editorial Photographer

recycling

Does recycling make a difference?

Recently one of my friends made a comment on Facebook about what is the point of recycling when you get such a little amount of money from it, its hardly worth the effort.

I started recycling when I bought my house 10 years ago. I recycle anything I can get money for. Even if it is just a few cents, at least I am getting something. I bought some very inexpensive trash cans 8 to be exact. I recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspaper, white printer paper, and all the shredded junk mail.

In addition to the household recycling I also do a variety of metals. By owning a house it is amazing on how much of other metals that cross your path wheather its replacing faucets (brass), door knobs (brass), aluminum over some time it really adds up and once i have enough to fill my truck i go to the recycling center.

Over the last 10 years i have recycled 15,989 pounds and received $846.48 for my efforts.

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Back in Dallas

Drove back to Dallas, about 3 hours…ITS HOT. The in car thermometer indicated 108.

I checked in my hotel then Hampton Inn in Lewisville and just did some editing to catch up. When I received my key there was this card inside the key case. As part of Hampton Inns “green campaign” they now put these travel tips cards with your key. I wonder how much paper they waste just to give worthless tips.

On the subject of going green. I have noticed lately that just about every retail store are selling “green” bags. The retailers realize that the dumb asses think they are saving the planet by purchasing these so-called “green” products, where its just another revenue stream.

Just the act of creating more ”green” products the retailers are also creating more trash when these wear out. Here is a tip, use one of the number of bags you probably have at your house from department stores etc. Also just the production of these items is not green. I don’t care what percent of the product is recycled at the end it is going to end up in a landfill. Also look at all the electricty used to manufacture this item, the boxes to ship them and the gas used by the trucks to ship more useless crap to the stores

Today shot a pretty cool truck a 71 Toyota Hilux whose body was left original including rust, but had Center-line wheels and was on air-bags. This truck was pretty cool, I was more interested in this more than then Nissan R35 skyline I shot a few days before. Anybody can buy an R35 but take a vehicle that is 20+years old and completely rework the suspension where nothing is off the shelf takes talent and vision, this truck had soul.

Before the shoot I had dinner at Baker’s Ribs in Deep Ellum.

For those of you who don’t know Deep Ellum is the renovated warehouse district located just three blocks east of downtown Dallas. There are a lot of places to listen to live music, there are several galleries and great places to eat. I had the brisket and ribs with pinto beans and mac and cheese. The ribs were fall off the bone fantastic and the brisket was absolutely amazing. the meat was so tender and had a great smokey flavor. Although there was bbq sauce, the meats were so good by themselves that they didn’t need anything else.

I’ll talk more later about my thoughts on bbq