A new anti-littering law
Working to keep
Recently, the Albuquerque City Council has passed an ordinance doubling the fine for littering when the littering involves “smoking tobacco products.” The ordinance was spearheaded by a councilor whose district includes a lot of open space that has been ignited by the butts tossed by careless motorists.
I approve of the ordinance. As someone who most often drives a small car, I have often been the victim of a driver of a jumbo SUV or pickup truck who doesn’t look below to see if anyone is there before flicking, tossing, or spitting. That tobacco juice does nasty things to a car’s finish!
El Caballero has a slight problem with the windshield-washer system. The washer-fluid nozzles are mounted on the wiper arms in order to spray fluid on the windshield as the wipers sweep across. Right after we got the car, we noticed that the left wiper nozzle was working as it was supposed to, but the right nozzle was mis-aimed, spraying fluid not on the windshield but instead in an arc to the right of the car, much like an oscillating lawn sprinkler. It probably would only take a couple of minutes with a screwdriver to fix, but I just never got around to doing it.
One summer day, I was stopped at a traffic light next to a super-sized pickup truck, and the driver tossed a butt out the window without looking (or maybe just not having respect for someone driving a dinky little car), and it came to rest on my left windshield wiper, the smoke from the butt tracing a graceful arc as it was sucked into the car’s air-conditioning system. Without thinking, I hit the windshield washer, so the washer fluid could extinguish the butt as the wiper flicked it aside.
Then I realized … the right-side wiper had just delivered a face-full of washer fluid to the driver of the truck through his open window.
For some reason, I still haven’t gotten around to getting that nozzle fixed.