On Wed. I placed the National Geographics that I and my household had fread on the ground floor by the door where recyclying is stored until the recyclables are collected. I asked the porter to leave them by the door so other tenants can pick them up to read. I live in a building where everyone but me belongs to a minority group, but I know that a lot of people, no matter who they are, like to view the photos in the NG and many of my neighbors are well-educated professionals. The porter ignored me (even though I spoke to him in Spanish) and began taking the magazines into the room to be ready for disposal. I am very annoyed. I couldn’t take the NGs to another neighbod because they are too heavy.
The same thing happened at my Miami condo a few years ago: A whole lot of books were thrown into a dumpster (probably from a nei=ghbor who had died). I and another neighbor, a retired professor of archaelogy, began to look through the dumpster and take some books that we liked when the porter began screaming at us. I felt like saying, “What’s a matter? Are you so illiterate that you think that books should only go to landfills?”