Monday, January 4, 2016

Beautiful Pennsylvania, Dirty People

My brother and I went to visit Centralia, PA today. Centralia has a special place in video gamer’s heart for a very specific reason. Why? Because it is the inspiration for the game Silent Hill. In fact, when I “checked-in” on facebook it was described Centralia as “Silent Hill-Centralia.” It was a cool experience. More on that in another blog, another venue.

What wasn’t cool was the vast amount of trash in the area and surrounding the coal mines for miles and miles. As we navigated towards rocks that were steaming from an underground fire in the middle of the woods we had to step over and through trash. Stuff like that might be expected from an abandoned town whose inhabitants fled because the ground would occasionally open up and eat them whole right? But what about everywhere else?

The abandoned town might explain the trash in the immediate area but what explains the dumptrucks worthof trash for miles outside of Centralia? Pennsylvania has some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, much of which we have clipped together for your viewing pleasure on YouTube, but the frequency of trash puts a real dent in any aesthetic pleasure that should have been possible.

I’m the type of person who would throw trash in my car before ever throwing trash out the window. I lose ALL respect for people who decide to shit on their surroundings by chucking their refuse out of their car. If you’re that type of person, stop. If not, maybe pitch-in to help clean a block or two. It’s not Trump who’ll make our country great again, it’s those willing to pick up their own God damn trash.

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