My favourite drugged up gun wielding dead motorcycle journalist once said:
“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer. ‘ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson, 1971.
And he is right. Oh, this was a round about way of telling you that the Singletrack Flowy Trail Ale is now available in the merch store. It’s a good beer. Now that is out of the way, allow me to continue to tell you where my mind wandered whilst wandering around the Pennines.
Shitty people do shitty things.
So, today I was on a dog walk with Hunter and the Flowy Ale on my mind, and I like to womble around and clean up litter as I go. The first item was a “Happy Birthday” balloon caught in a bush on grazing land. How bloody short-sighted do you have to be to not figure out that a helium balloon will fly away and become litter? Can people not believe in things that are not right in front of them? And then there was the beer can.
One beer can next to a well know beauty spot is remarkably light pickings. However it was a fairly cruddy brand of lager. And in all the years of picking up litter I have never picked up a Singletrack beer, or a Sierra Nevada IPA for example. This cruddy can of lager was dropped by a ****, a complete dick, without a shadow of a doubt. I formed this conclusion because the tight fisted git bought only one can, and because of the brand. Yep I am a beer brand snob. However, Hunter and the old Celts could well be on to something here. You just don’t find good beer as litter, because good people drink good beer, and good people don’t litter.
Was Hunter right?
So, let us all test this theory. Have you ever found good beer littering? Comment below as you find beer litter. We can add it all up and see if Hunter is right. Go for a ride, you can even take your own beer along with you, drink it, and take it home with you, therefore further proving the point.
Be more womble.
I like being the good guy. You know, in a world of incredible shitheads and thoughtless muppets, if you do the right thing, you will stand out, your head high above the festering swamp of bastards and all the crap and nonsense that clings on to their shitty lives, and your life will be easier and much richer. Perhaps pack a carrier bag with you when go on a walk or ride, and do a little wombling. Or go full on pro-womble like the folks at Trash Free Trails. Picking up one beer can won’t solve the problem, but look at it like this, a trillion shitty decisions got the planet to where it is now, and every single good decision is a move in the right direction.