West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

What to Do With All That Blue

City services, Fun

Now that our brand-spankin’ new recycling program is about to debut, some of us will be left with a few extra Tosa Blue Recycling Bags. The question is, what to do with these high-priced, indestructible, indigo sacks?


I spent a few minutes thinking (yes, that’s what that noise was this morning) and here’s what I’ve come up with:


A Sleeping Bag Bag – If your kids use their sleeping bags for sleepovers, inevitably, the bags get lost. Not the sleeping bags – no, the outer bags. I’ve tried large trash bags, but they tend to rip easily. Tosa Blue Bags are perfect for this task.


A Halloween Costume – Already thinking ahead to next year and wishing you had something that was “old school” and could be appreciated by both adults and children? Why not don that Bright Blue Tosa Bag and go as a…SMURF?! Yes, that’s right, you’ll be wildly popular and manage to humiliate your children at the same time.


New Year’s Eve Décor – Why not channel Martha Stewart and use several Tosa Blue Bags as a festive holiday tablecloth?! That’s right – take several bags, cut them open and then tape them together until you’ve adequately covered the table. Then, when the meal is all done, you can throw everything away, including the tablecloth! The brilliant blue color accents the starry, starry night. Awww…..


Blue is the New Luggage – Are you tired of waiting forever to get through airport security? Use your leftover Tosa Blue Bags next time you pack for a trip. There’ll be no need to x-ray your bags because they can see right through them! You’ll be first in line at the gate, as well as the center of attention in the terminal.


Cozy and Blue – Is your Nesco Roaster getting dusty sitting down in the basement? Does your turkey fryer have that unique smell of lawnmower gasoline from sitting in the garage? Why not display these appliances proudly in your kitchen. Use the Tosa Blue Bags as Cozies so that your roaster and your fryer can sit proudly on your countertop, year-round. What could be more attractive?


Project Blue Runway - You know that Vera Wang had to start somewhere. Why not be the Wauwatosa Wang (wait, that doesn't sound good) and use a Tosa Blue Bag to design the next big fashion statement?! A Tosa Blue Bag, cinched at the waist would make a darling skirt when paired with a pretty lace slip. Or how about a blue cape that can double as a rain shawl? Go ahead - think outside the bag!


So what will you do with your extra Tosa Blue Recycling Bags?



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