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Don't stop me now

What quote am I vibing? "I'm a shooting star, leaping through the sky like a tiger defying the laws of gravity. I'm a racing car, passing by like Lady Godiva. I'm gonna go, go, go - there's no stopping me. I'm burnin' through the sky, yeah, two hundred degrees, that's why they call me Mister Fahrenheit. I'm traveling at the speed of light. I wanna make a supersonic man out of you. Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time, I'm having a ball. Don't stop me now. If you wanna have a good time, just give me a call." Freddie Mercury

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild This Week / All Time: 12 / 72

I am at the end of a 6 day stretch of daily cleanup visits to Bathtub Reef Beach. I spent about an hour and 20 minutes each day on the same little bit of beach.

I thought I might be making an impact after the first couple days' bottlecap counts, but now I realize - the ocean spits out whatever it wants, whenever it wants. Storms seem to kick up more trash than calm days. But, the job never ever EVER ends. There is no denying that we have a HUGE plastic problem in our oceans.

I have taken the time to lay out all the trash from today's pickup, so you have a better idea of what one day's trash haul looks like, even though I thought I left the beach squeaky clean the day before. There is a hill of little plastic this and that, a pile of bottlecaps, ropes, a plastic cutlery collection, straws, bottles, cigarettes, balloons, a flip flop, and a wedge shoe.

Please note: This beach DOES NOT appear to be dirty. The trash is hidden in the seaweed, for the most part. You only see it if you are looking.

Here are the counts for the 6 day stretch:

Saturday: 108 bottlecaps, 4 pounds

Sunday: 61 bottlecaps, 2 pounds

Monday: 82 bottlecaps, 3 pounds

Tuesday: 47 bottlecaps, 3 pounds

Wednesday: 48 bottlecaps, 1 pound (only spent 1 hour due to storm)

Thursday: 133 bottlecaps, 5 pounds (laid out on table below)

I will spend the next two weeks happily focused on theatre at StarStruck, with a few environmental projects here and there. Doing this daily practice was extremely eye opening, and I hope to have the chance to do it again soon!

This is what we want to preserve for future generations.

Monday. 82 bottlecaps. 3 pounds.

Tuesday. 47 bottlecaps. 3 pounds.

Wednesday. 48 bottlecaps. 1 pound.

Thursday. 133 bottlecaps. 5 pounds.

Sometimes the ocean makes it easy for you. 5 bottlecaps in one little cluster.

Visual representation of Thursday's haul. And perhaps I will never again have a houseguest. 😜

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