A couple days ago on I posted what’s become an annual rant around this time of year about asshat neighbors who just put their Christmas trees out with the trash cans and then just leave them out there after they aren’t picked up:

I know this has been covered elsewhere (Councilman Eric Garcetti’s blog and LAist come to mind). Hell, I should just cut and paste my “Help Take The Ass Out Of Christmas” post from 366 days ago , but instead I’ll just link to it and keep the redundant complaining about “Not My Problem” Christmas tree dumpers to the following observation.

Walking the dog this morning down to the end of the block (basically a 20th of a mile) I found three of the dead arbors discarded curbside by my asshat neighbors where they will sit for infinity or at least until Saturday when I sweep my block and toss as many as the back of my truck will carry along with mine, which I will then shlep over to the city’s tree recyling station in the L.A. Zoo’s parking lot. There are 16 of the stations throughout L.A. open this weekend and next from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Well, this morning before Susan and I went for a hike up from Ferndell Park up to the Griffith Observatory, I made good on my pledge to scope out the ‘hood and by the time I was back at the house I had five trees strapped down in the bed of the pick-up, like so:

Tree Haul

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."