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Set your aspirations high…

…and your expectations low.

Spotted in Tzur Hadassah: an effort to be funny and effective! Stickers adorning the public garbage cans, with the following message:

אם כל אחד לא ילכלך, יהיה פה נקי כמו בשוויץ

If everyone wouldn’t make a mess, it could be clean here like in Switzerland.

Nice touch, Va’ad Tzur Hadassah! Seriously. Now, can you also put stickers that read:

When you throw out your trash and don’t close the bin, or throw out your trash next to the bin, or behind the bin, or outside the covered bin room, cats and dogs come and tear it apart, leaving dirty diapers, food scraps, and plastic dishware all over the sidewalk. We’ll never look like Switzerland now!

And what about stickers on dog owners’ doors saying:

If you didn’t let your dogs run loose, scare the $&#@ out of my kid, and shit on the ground where we walk around, this place could be orderly like… anywhere else!

Ok, I’m not really bitter. The dog situation is old and cliche in Tzur Hadassah. But, like any small town with a budget and elected officials, there are lots of ‘small’ issues, that until someone gets hurt, are being ignored. The gaps, hills, and shifts in the sidewalk brick that my kid trips in (ok, I also trip in them!). The playgrounds that need the rusty stray nails sticking up removed. The hole in the ground I saw across from building #30 on Rechasim street, just a foot or two from the sidewalk:

Maybe it’s because I’ve been outside more lately. Maybe because I have a kid that actually walks and plays outside now. Maybe because I’m now committed to Tzur Hadassah, I’m noticing lots of things I’d want to report to the local Va’ad. Shame the obvious email link on the official website is broken. No worries, the tiny יצור קשר link at the bottom works.