Street Thrift

As the sun rose above the horizon, its’ rays blocked by the height of the buildings circling the parking lot, a middle aged man paused at the concrete ash tray bolted to the wall.  He was well dressed, wearing blue jeans and a windbreaker, his hair freshly washed and combed. 

Out of his pocket came an empty cigarette box.  Glancing at us from the corner of his eye, he began plucking previously smoked cigarette butts out of the ashtray and plopping them happily into his box.  When filled, he shut the lid and returned the box to his pocket.

Now that’s what I call thrifty.  No doubt about it!  All you folks who quit because you couldn’t afford the high prices and sky high taxes should have thought outside the box.

I wonder if there’s a market for half-used cigarettes.  If so, I may start a new business.

I could call it “Re-purposed Butts” or maybe “The Smoking Butt.”  How about “Pre-Loved Butts?”

Call me crazy, but collecting cigarette butts to smoke is a little like scraping bubble gum off the sidewalk to chew.  I just couldn’t do it.

P.S.  My new header is part of a photo I took in Times Square.  Aren’t you glad you’re not in that traffic?


11 thoughts on “Street Thrift

  1. klutzymama

    I was in New York over the summer. We stayed right in downtown Manhattan and I was blown away by the sheer volume of people crammed into every available space. I live in a tiny rural town in the midwest, so I was kind of walking around in a dream-like state most of the time we were there! It was crazy! Love the header, though… 🙂

  2. Cher

    But when she DOES delve into her imagination, be afraid, blog readers! Be very afraid!

    OK, maybe not that afraid, but it is something to look forward to. GJAU! (I just made that up. It means, Good job as usual.)

    The Texas Woman

  3. thedomesticfringe Post author

    Yes, this blog is ALL real…believe it or not. There’s so much strange reality that I haven’t had to delve into the depths of my imagination to come up with posts.

  4. chrissy

    Just wanted to tell you that I have a new post with pictures of cards I’ve made over the last few days. Check it out and let me know what you think.

  5. Tori

    How funny is that?
    Is that for real or just a colorful part of your writing?

    Hey thanks for visiting my Home Away From Home and commenting, I appreciate it and it allowed me to find you, which I’m going to Bloglines so I don’t lose you!

    Have a great week!


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