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One thing... leads to another...

The driveway to my house is 1/4 mile long (yes, I checked with the odometer). This presents some interesting quirks into our daily life that I did not anticipate when we were buying this house. I never realized just how many functions of daily life occur at the edge of the road and how inconvenient that can be. Walking half a mile to get the mail in the summer is fine. Walking that distance in the snow and ice is no picnic.

The other thing that I never considered was how difficult it is to haul 2 trash cans down to the road and back up. A 96 gallon can sounds like a good idea when you're ordering it, but it's a huge pain when it comes to actually hauling that and the 32 gallon can of trash anywhere other than from the house to the garage.

Fortunately, we've come to a sort of compromise where we use the station wagon to haul the trash cans. However, this leads to laying the cans down in the car and sometimes that just isn't a good idea. The smell in the car last week was pretty bad, since it had been used to haul the icky trash that resulted from being out of power for a week. It smells better now, but this is an ongoing problem. It's not like I'm going to haul 80 pounds of trash down a hill for a quarter mile.

The nearest neighbors have an ingenious solution to this dilemma - they have 2 teenage boys and a truck. The boys do the hauling and lifting, and the truck gets washed out when it's in the rain. So lately, especially with the troubles the car has been having, I've been fantasizing about buying a truck. Because that would solve the problem. Except we still don't have 2 teenage boys to do the heavy lifting.

I think we've finally come up with a decent compromise though. We'll get a hitch and a trailer for the wagon. Oooh, so sexy, and yet I can actually get the trash cans up into the trailer. And it doesn't cost $40K. We'll still get a truck some day, but this will make it much less of a priority.

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My grandparents used a shed built down near the road to store the cans. Whenever they had a full bag of trash, they just dropped it off as they left in their car in the morning, and that way at the end of the week it was a simple matter of just hauling the now full cans a few yards to the "curb".

That's a great idea, I wish I could do it! Unfortunately, someone else owns some of the property between our house and the curb. Maybe I'll see if the neighbors would agree to some sort of sharing scheme...

They'd probably go for it if a) they have the same "curb", and b) you pay for it.

We just got a little 8'x8'x9' shed at Costco a few months back, and it cost under $700. Took an afternoon to put together, not including concrete.

Well, the sooner you get to the two boys part, the sooner they'll be teenagers. ;-)

Oh, come on, my alternative was to make a Mrs. Robinson joke about you wanting to borrow the neighbors and their truck. ;-)

Yes, I can see I'm going to have to wear shin guards when I next see you. ;-)

Yes, you will certainly need those guards. I will make sure to wear pointy shoes.

I guess that's not any sillier than firing up the car for a half mile drive. :)

Even a riding lawnmower with a trailer hitch might work. You'd probably find that useful, since you've obviously got some yardage to deal with.

My inlaws have a similar situation -- a long driveway. They get the mail in the car in the winter..that's an easy fix.

The trash: well they got a truck and they take it to the dump themselves b/c it turns out to be cheaper (not always true in every place).

I think the covered shed thing is a good idea...but it depends on what your neighbors are like.

Trash here is insanely cheap. But yeah, the whole truck thing. Envy!

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