Monday, February 07, 2011


I now know what it means to be rudely awakened. I wish I had not found out. I came out of a deep sleep, my eyes opened quickly and I had a panic thought, all at the same time. "Oh S**t......the bins, I haven't put them out" They are emptied by the collectors about 7am as a rule.

So, at 5.40am I was out of a nice cozy bed, slippers and dressing gown on, I, heavy headed, went out to the bin, opened the gate and wheeled it out to the front of the house. All was quiet, most windows had curtains drawn; it was cold and dark. 

Next, I carried the empty paper box to sit beside the refuse bin. It's easier than carrying a loaded box. That done, I re-entered the house and retrieved all the paper to be disposed of, flattened a cardboard carton and carried it and the paper collection out to the box. The paper box lid behaved itself for a change, unclipping and clipping back on smoothly. Then I emptied every basket and bin there is at home, including the one in the bedroom, and repeated my nocturnal visit to the refuse bin. It was 5.55am when I returned to my snug bed.

I dozed but didn't get back to a proper sleep. When it was light, I got up, still sleepy. I sat in a chair for a bit. Then came the awakening.....the bins are emptied on Mondays, and this was Sunday, all day.
:oops: :-/


Vincent said...

I shall nominate you, ZACL, for one of those New Year honours given out by the Queen. Perhaps one will need to be invented: "For services to recycling".

At least your consolation when you did this noble deed was not to have been noticed by neighbours, at that hour, on that day.

keiko amano said...


I'd like to nominate this blog to be this year's funniest so far! I think your contribution to the people in the world is great because not only it makes us laugh but also it helps those of us with similar experiences feel comfortable the way we are. For that, I'm so grateful!!!

Anonymous said...

That happens to us all at one time or another.
I remember driving half way to work once before realising that it was Sunday! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hi Vincent,

I look forward to receiving the offer of the gong. :)

Actually, you are right, all was silent and still, thankfully.

ZACL said...

Dear Keiko,

Thank you for your kind words. You mean you and lots of others are doing soppy things too!

Yes....I guess such lapses happen to the best of us, some more than others.


ZACL said...

Hello Mr F,

I bet you found the roads unusually quiet, making for a smooth journey to your office on that Sunday.

My escapade left me somewhat tired though, and feeling daft.


Anonymous said...

at least you won't forget next time after a panic like that!

treat yourself to an extra-long lie-in sometime this week by way of compensation.

ZACL said...

Ax, that is a most useful compensatory thought. I think I shall be taking extra sleeping time for more than one night, just as a treat, you understand.