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MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

Taking back empty beverage containers after collecting them over winter months requires

complete concentration as this task seems like messy and oppressive. Odd enough rain began to fall as I began sorting at my station at local recycling centre but I persist to sort. Then one of centre's male staff members, younger, nice looking guy passes by and asks if he can help as he picks up one of my full black large packed full bag of empties..I call them my empties as each day as I walk up to 12 kilometres I practice this hobby of taking my plastic bag from home with me in my pocket and if I see an empty beverage container pick up the trash and store in my bag until I return home. At home this task becomes even more challenging as neighbors tend to shun my practice even though environmental fitting, and so I hide my large garbage bags away behind lawn furniture or in my car until I arrive at local Return Depot.


Further, I must backtrack to almost ten years ago and counting when I began as something to do to recover from my really bad shoulder injury and thought bending and picking up helpful and strength building. At that time my imagination did not include acquiring $600 and able to open a savings account. At the bank the bank staff quizzed me on where this money came from, and I must admit I looked kind of rough around the edges in my daily grime of workout sweats and backpack. So she gave me even new card after explaining my hobby of collecting. In the total result this cash awarded me a new credit card which I financed my home with as during my recovery my worker's insurance ran out after two years, so I was flat broke and my monthly costs added up to $500 each month plus food.


So on Saturday, my cash from returns amounted to$27 after four months of collecting. I do not work very hard at this any more as I am able to return to partime job but I do pick up empties each day, and I use this cash now to pay my taxes on my seasonal summer home that add up to $110. In the past I needed the $600 as cash to travel to China for employment. Being creative comes with some challenges and not many in my community support me in any respectful fashion, but at the post office or at the local Return Deport I enjoy universal acceptance. Good Collecting! Maulo


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As I in past went through some similar events, one opportunity I discovered in my local paper was an invitation to attend Chronic Pain Self Management, and then as I had had a serious arthritic attack I qualified for Arthritis Self Management group, and found really terrific help with others; so much so that when in more recent past I was dealt the cruel blow of workplace injury became completely incapacitated; but do you know what...I went overseas for work; in Canada I do not even qualify for insurance any longer Good luck and may some kind messages and friends be in your near future. Maulo

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