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Aug 20, 2014 9:39 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Orcutt Toddler makes a friend through his fascination with garbage truck

They pass by most of our homes weekly. We may wave as they do. And we prepare for them the night before.

But it takes the curiosity of a kid to make a weekly ritual the start of a friendship.

That's what happened in Orcutt today.

Like a lot of young kids, and particularly little boys, 3-year old Martin Steiner is fascinated with big moving vehicles.

"He loves anything with wheels and an engine. Airplanes." says his mom Katie Steiner.

But Martin is really fond of big trucks. So much so that every Wednesday morning Martin is up before the sun waiting to see his favorite.

Little Martin's sister Mora was also there for the big meeting today and seemed to think the whole deal was "pretty cool" as well.

"He would stand in bed when he first heard it coming up he street, tear open the blinds and watch the garbage truck as it came up the street." says Katie about what has happened for more than a year every Wednesday...garbage day.

About a month ago that wasn't enough. He needed a closer look at the magnificence of this machine: the roar of its acceleration, the squeak of the breaks, the robotic arms that do the heavy lifting.

"That's so cool." says Martin as he watches the Waste Management truck come down the road.

Martin can't wait to see the man who could drive such a thing.

"He was waving. It makes my day when I get waved out, you know,. it's nice." says driver Martin Garcia.

Garcia would wave back, and sometimes toot the horn as he passed says Katie Martin called his buddy the "trash truck man"...until today.

Today the driver's supervisor stopped by to say that powerful man behind the wheel wanted to meet his little buddy. Martin offered up cup of coffee. And he trash truck man his own gesture of friendship. "Here I have a little something for you too." said the trash truck man...also named Martin.

Turns out the two have more than a mutual admiration in common. Little Martin found out the trash man's name is Martin too! "Pretty cool." said the younger Martin.

After pictures and pleasantries, it was time to get back to work. Until next Wednesday.

"Sometimes you have a hectic day, you know, it's nice when a kid comes out and waves." said the elder Martin of his new found friend.



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