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For Sale, Cheap!

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So what’s the easiest way to unburden yourself of something you no longer want or have any use for in Port Arthur, Texas?  Why, you haul it out and leave it sitting alongside some roadway.  Then it’s someone else’s problem, isn’t it?  Well, the latest “thing” to wind up abandoned on a public roadway is this old boat, trailer and motor.  More than a week ago, someone abandoned it alongside the northbound US 69 feeder road that leads to Jimmy Johnson Boulevard.  Cute, isn’t it?

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As you can see, this fine piece of maritime equipment has seen better days; and, whomever dumped this fine example of junk apparently did so with the intent that someone else could get rid of it instead of them.  Both tires on the boat trailer are flat, most likely unable to hold air due to dry rot.  By the looks of the winch, whomever tries to work it may well be in for more than they bargained for.

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But at some time in fairly recent history, someone owned what used to be a nice watercraft as is evidenced by this expired boat registration number.  It isn’t know whether records go back far enough to trace this registration down, but it isn’t very likely anyone has so much as tried thus far.

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Yes, there is an old trailer registration place, but apparently it’s too much trouble for someone to see if it can be traced, either.  You know how it is with expired registrations dating back to the year 2000.

So as it stands, this dilapidated junk now adorns yet another roadside were people not only heading toward Jimmy Johnson Boulevard will enjoy getting to see it, so can traffic passing adjacently on northbound US Hwy 69.  Unfortunately, the boat and trailer are parked outside the yellow line marking the edge of the roadway, and there is clearly no traffic hazard unless some drunk runs off the roadways and smacks into it in their stupor, for someone wonders off the roadways in dense fog or heavy rain and bets themselves killed when running into it.  Which means that unless someone runs into this thing, there isn’t the chance of snowball in you-know-where that the Port Arthur Police Department will have what’s left of it towed.

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Just a parting shot here, folks.  The day after the first series of photographs were taken, someone apparently became interested enough in this thing to stop and remove the boat’s motor.  This should be telling you about people in and around the Port Arthur area.  And that is there simply isn’t much pride in the community any longer.

 

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  1. Actually I have called a few companies whose receipts and bills of laden I’ve found that some carless truck driver has lost — so far they have been very receptive to getting their paperwork back. Also I have considered mailing trash items I have picked up — like McDonald’s, Chick-fil-a, Marlboro, Budwiser, etc. — to their company’s home office with a polite note requesting that they ask their patrons to refrain from littering. However, that idea of dumping trash in their work trucks sounds intriguing. I could gather up my garbage, walk down to the corner store at lunch time, and deposit it in their trucks while they’re ordering a Subway sandwich. It would save me $21.59 a month. HAHA!

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    • JCBP says:

      Once upon a time, I actually started looking into developing a recycling business but quickly gave up on the idea when I discovered the vast array of governmental regulations I’d have to comply with. It’s too bad there isn’t anyone to enforce those regulations on the people who haven’t any problem with using our neighborhoods and yards as their personal dumping grounds. You and I can get cited for throwing a cigarette butt out the window, but where are these “law enforcers” when it comes to people trashing our communities?

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  2. Good deal! Maybe someone thought they could make it to wherever they were going, but didn’t realize that tires do have a shelf life; and had to drop it, and then came back later after securing some rubber that could actually meet the road. At least Port Arthur highways are free of clutter — until supper time of course — when they’ll be flinging McDonald’s Hot & Spicy McChicken (no lettuce) wrappers, ticket #19, purchased at 10:55 PM on August 12, 2016 out in my yard for me to pick up and discard for them in the morning.

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    • JCBP says:

      I’ll match my yard content with your yard content any morning. How’d you like to awaken to a busted dirty diaper or two in your driveway, or the remnants of someone having drank more than their system could unload and they decided to alleviate themselves of their excess on your sidewalk? And then there are those who run over to a nearby Waffle House and order something with the biggest piece of meat in they can get, to go, carry it near my yard, take the meat out and toss the rest of it into my yard so the ants can feast before I get there to remove it. And this isn’t even taking into consideration the collection of empty beer cans, beer bottles and whiskey bottles.

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      • Yep, sounds like my yard. Found a few piles of dog poop, but never human body fluids (outside of a diaper that is) — you win. One tiny perk of being the County’s trash collector though; there’s a Subway on the corner, and sometimes I find sales tickets with an invitation to take an online survey for a free cookie. On the comments portion of the survey, I write that I deserve a free cookie for having to pick up after their trashy customers. The thing that really bugs me though is when I find trash from businesses that are many miles away from here. It makes me wonder why. Did thy come here just to throw it in my yard? Surely not. If they live near by, and came so far with it in their car, then why not drop it in the floorboard and put it in their trash can at home? If you ride a bicycle, you get a very good idea of just how bad the litter is in this area. In your business, I’m sure you see it too while assisting someone. One strange trash idem is gloves. Riding down 347 between Spurlock & 69 one will see dozens of gloves. Gloves of all kinds; leather, cloth, rubber, garden, insulated, chemical resistant, once I found a Harley Davison glove. I suppose they blow out of work trucks, but I’m not sure — maybe the right one didn’t know what the left one was doing. HAHA! Once I found a pair of welding gloves in excellent shape. They were cheap gloves like you might see at Harbor Freight, so they might have been thrown away, but as little as I weld, they’re just fine for me, so I picked them up. One man’s trash is another man’s personal protective equipment. HAHA!

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      • JCBP says:

        I’m not for sure just where you live, but your descriptions lead me to think it’s somewhere at least in the proximity of Central Gardens. That being the case, I can only assume some of the trash being deposited into your yard is the result of contract employees going to and from the contractor parking lot on the other side of the railroad tracks a little north of Spurlock.

        Maybe you should consider bagging the unwanted deposits in your yard, driving them over to that contractor parking lot and depositing them into the backs of the contractor pickup trucks usually parked near the trailers to your left when you go through the gate. If anyone asks you why you’re doing this, politely explain that the contract workers apparently lost this stuff as they were passing your yard, and you didn’t want them to have to go without while on their important jobs. Then, run like hell!

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  3. There’s a lake near that location, that at one time, was a fish camp. Maybe the boat belongs to the former fish camp guide, and the owner told him to come and get it off his property or else, and he told the owner he would take or else; so the owner drug it out to the road. Maybe it’s a Port Arthur beautification project — they’re going to fill it with dirt and plant flowers in it. HAHA! I use to see furniture dumped on Old Sour Lake Road just barely outside the Beaumont city limit. I always thought to myself, they passed six or eight dumpsters in Beaumont on their way out there that would have only cost them $200 IF they were caught; but they risked getting a $2000 fine to dump it in a ditch where it would never get hauled off?! I say it every time I pick up beer cans, cigarette packs, and loosing lottery tickets out of my yard: Jefferson County is trashy!

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    • JCBP says:

      Funny thing about that old boat and trailer. The night after this editorial was published, and while returning from a service call, I thought I didn’t see it sitting alongside the Jimmy Johnson exit and feeder road. But it was raining, and I wasn’t sure. The next morning, however, when running another service call, I noticed that indeed both the boat and trailer had been removed.

      Now I don’t know if a Port Arthur Police Dept. officer read the editorial and decided to tow the thing, or if someone else came along and took it along with them like someone did with the motor. Whatever happened to it, it certainly is no longer the unsightly mess out there for everyone to view.

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