The light is so short these days the only photos I can go out and get after the wife comes home from work are these cliché sunset pictures, and I won't be able to get very many of those much longer. I did find a long-established scrapper encampment within dogwalking distance of our house, and I actually started talking to some of these guys. For all my trashtalk, they're generally hardworking, self-reliant, harmless guys. Anyone who can survive subzero winter nights in makeshift shelters with nothing but ratty coats and a pile of blankets deserves some respect.

Having gone through a few buildings set to be demolished in the near future that hadn't yet been fully scrapped, I have to say that I'd rather these guys go in and remove everything of value and recycle it rather than having it all go to a landfill.

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