This photo was taken last night, outside my apartment in far East Portland. Though it hasn't snowed in a week, it hasn't thawed either, and the city doesn't bother about the poorer neighborhoods, so there's still a foot of snow, and the roads are icy. And so, as you can see from the dumpsters, there has been no trash or recycling pickup since the freeze. My kitchen currently has half a dozen bags of recycling piled up.
A friend who also lives in Portland wrote to tell me about a conversation she had with her 18-year-old son: