Day 1 in Indiana: I go to throw out the plastic water bottles we bought on the plane.
Me: "MIL, is there a special place I should toss the recycling?"
MIL: blank stare. "just the garbage can"
Mr. Stang: "Honey, remember you're not in Portland any more".
Oh. Right. I throw the bottle in the trash. My hand feels like it may burn off with shame.
Day 2 morning in Indiana: I replace the batteries in my camera.
Me: "MIL, do you dispose of used batteries any special way?"
MIL: blank stare. "just the garbage can..."
Mr. Stang: rolls eyes, swallows chuckle.
When in Rome....
Day 2 afternoon in Indiana: We're driving. A couple of folks are out walking their dog in the neighborhood. We pass a car. Mr. Stang waves.
Me: "???? Did you know them ??"
Mr. Stang: "Honey, this is Indiana. Waving to strangers is required."
Me: "Got it. So it's OK to poison your neighbors with toxic battery acid via the town dump so long as you wave at them as you drive by. "
Mr. Stang: "That's right. Go Hoosiers!"