Yesterday I told you the story of how we upgraded our weight bench in the basement, then needed to get rid of the old one. I got some great comments on the post, including one from a.eye who reminded me that instead of sending the bench to the landfill it would be better to give it to someone. I don't know why that didn't occur to me; I've regularly used Craigslist, Freecycle, and local online recycling forums in the past.)
Resolving to do the 'green thing', yesterday afternoon when I got home from work I carried the bench out to the curb. I set it next to the mailbox, making sure the large FREE sign taped to the side was easy to see. As I did, I noticed the bench was still structurally sound but the vinyl on the pads was cracking more than it used to. It was looking its age. I figured the worst that could happen is that the bench would still be there in the morning and I'd have to drag it back inside. Several hours later when I was sitting in the family room watching TV I heard car doors in front of the house. When I looked outside the bench was gone.
I didn't realize until this morning that today's Earth Day, so it's appropriate that the old bench never made it to the landfill.
Five years ago today: Walking Down Your Street