First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sunrise 7:22: Dawn sounds


An unmistakable sound of dawn is the rumbling of a garbage truck. And the crews are key members of the dawn community. For years, BFI was the Dawn Joggers' garbage collection company, and the neighborhood crew became familiar figures on Thursday. They always looked to be running a sprint - and rumor had it that the deal was the sooner they finished the collection, the sooner they went home. Since Allied took over BFI, the local collection has come later in the morning. But it's still a dawn activity on the Stanford campus where the female DJ encountered this morning's crew on the job at the homes near Roble Field. A more surprising sound of dawn was a parrot that flew overhead and then perched on top of a fir tree...

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like your post! I am a NY City trash collector and know pople are very familiar with the rumbling and loud hums when we press the levers on our trucks. Here in NY we start around 7am and usually are done with the route by 10:30 or so (depends on what's out there for pick up). After we have to take the truck and empty out, but youre right that we have a relatively shorter day then the average worker.

Of course, its not easy to pick up 10-12 tons each day.

Also looks like this truck you have taken a photo of is pretty old.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Linda Hubbard Gulker said...

To the NYC trash collector...one of the things I almost wrote in my post today is how I absolutely loved being awakened to the sound of trash being collected in NYC. Some years ago, I worked for a company that had an apartment on 56th between 6th and 7th, which I stayed at regularly. Coming from the West Coast, it was always hard to get up that first morning, but the sound of the trash pick up got me going and motivated for a morning jog in Central Park. I was always glad I did.

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interest...what sound did you like?

About to get on the route now and from what I'm told there is a lot of furniture out for pick up today in snowy Manhattan

4:09 AM  
Blogger Linda Hubbard Gulker said...

It was the sound of movement (no pun intended).

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok...you mean the sound of the truck's compactor as it crushes and presses the bags and whatever else in there down and in?

7:33 AM  
Blogger Linda Hubbard Gulker said...

The movement defined as: trucks starting and stopping down the street, the clanking of cans, and men's voices....

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah...have never h eard that one. had a woman a few years ago on the route mention that she and her friend liked the sound of the truck as it crushed.

12:36 PM  

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