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7 December 2020

It's been a struggle leaving the house for our daily constitutional recently. The day disappears before we know it. But yesterday we managed to sneak out before dinner as the sun was settling low in the sky when we ran across this scene on Portola Drive.

Giving. Nikon D200 with 43-86mm Nikkor at f5.6, 1/50 second and ISO 200. Processing in Adobe Camera Raw.

Certain otherwise upstanding miscreants find it convenient to throw out whatever they no longer want in their car as they drive along Portola. It is bordered by a long green strip that is mowed once or twice a year, overgrown hedges and weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk that suggest to some people it's a public dump.

But it's not. It's just a little green space in the middle of the city.

We have run across an assortment of discarded items on our walk down the hill into the sun. But this one stopped us in our tracks.

It looked not so much like garbage as a donation.

The Falletti Foods bag boasts that for 77 years and three generations, "Falletti Foods gives back, supporting local charities, one bag at a time."

The bag sits in a cardboard box that rests next to a Styrofoam box full of sports shoes. Cleats and sneakers.

For a moment we considered making it our Christmas card. But then we thought better of it. It's not a pretty picture.

It's just someone dressing up their discards in this season of giving as a donation.

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