Sparking joy and anxiety on “Bulk Trash Day”

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

It’s big garbage week in my neighborhood, so I’m cleaning out the basement a little.

The new trend, I guess, is to ask yourself if something sparks joy.

The problem is, I’ve owned this really great piece of foam rubber for more than 20 years because seeing it sparks joy and makes me happy that someday I’ll put it to good use.

The truth is, it’s a piece of garbage and I’ve known that truth from the moment I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out more than two decades ago.

Garbage brings me great joy, but so will a clean(er) basement.

I hope this wonderful cushion brings some garbage picker all the joy it has brought me since the 90s.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.