When I was a little kid I always thought the garbage truck was way cool. At first they had guys hanging on who picked up the trash and tossed it in the hold. Then, they brought around these big green cans and the new garbage truck came by with a hydraulic arm. The driver could just scoop up the garbage can and dump it from inside the cab. I thought this was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.
I don't know why no one ever gave me a toy garbage truck to play with as a kid. I'd have been the happiest kid on earth. Although my mother noted I seemed to have a fascination with the garbage truck, no such garbage truck toy ever appeared underneath the Christmas tree. Mrs. Fitzgerald, my first grade teacher, used to tell us if we didn't learn in school we'd have to drive a garbage truck for a living. I always thought that sounded okay to me, although it never actually happened. I have wondered if I'd gotten a CDL and gotten on as a garbage truck driver how things would have been. I still think garbage trucks are cool.
So, for some reason, yesterday an ad popped up on some article I was reading on the Internet. It was trying to sell me a garbage truck toy. I don't know why. Then I discovered it cost about $100. No thank you. But, for at least a few seconds, I thought I might finally have a garbage truck to play with. Not happening. Still. . .