In the Myers-Briggs personality test, I’m ESTJ (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging). Part of that means:
The ESTJ is usually a model citizen, and pillar of the community. He or she takes their commitments seriously, and follows their own standards of “good citizenship” to the letter. ESTJ enjoys interacting with people, and likes to have fun. ESTJs can be very boisterous and fun at social events, especially activities which are focused on the family, community, or work.
So, what does an ESTJ do when walking through Redcar Central railway station on a sunny Saturday afternoon in 1989? Take a look on the railway line, of course. Then suddenly, to quote from the song by Flash and the Pan: What’s that there on the railway line?
It wasn’t an old brown shoe. It was a dead cat. Litter. Ordnung muss sein.
Straight over the bridge to the ticket office, packed with
“Hello. I’d like to report litter on the line to Saltburn.”
“Yes, a dead cat.”
“Oh, we get that all the time. It’ll just be a cat doing some sunbathing.”
“The cat is dead.”
“Are you sure?”
“Well, its head is here, and the rest of its body is about five feet away. I’m pretty sure it’s dead, and that it’s lost all nine lives.”
“We’ll call the track maintenance team.”
Out I walk to the sound of mother and five-year-old daughter crying their eyes out after eavesdropping the conversation with ticket office staff, but I had the knowledge that I had fulfilled my community duty in helping to rid Redcar of litter. It puts a different meaning to the expression, “cat litter,” one could say…