We interrupt our regularly planned entry with a reminder of why growing up in the 1970's could be cool: Stevie Wonder doing a mother-freaking 6 minute and 49 second version of "Superstition" on Sesame Street!
I vaguely remember seeing some of Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street (very probably this). I'll take this over Barney singing "I Love You, You Love Me" any day! Thanks, Mr. Nice Guy for the walk down memory lane.
Mrs. Geek has been asking me lately about how we can shrink the carbon footprint of our household. She wants to carpool more often. I haven't worked out all the logistics in our head yet, but that sounds like a good idea.
I've also been thinking that I need to do more to adopt the mantra "think global, buy local". Do I really need to be buying produce or household items that have travelled half way around the world just to get to my local market? And what's up with bottled water? There are no universal standards for ensuring the safety of bottled water, much less any standard for what makes the source of bottled water worth drinking (do you really want to drink filtered water from the aquifer under Houston, TX?).
Or here is an idea: how about adding a cost factor for carbon consumption into the price of items brought to market? That would have the Walmart people really quivering in their boots. You want to move your manufacturing operation from here to mainland China? Great. Just add in the ecological cost of moving all those dust pans, microwaves, and televisions back here to the United States. True, this just might mean that all the work would be going to Northern Mexico instead of China... but that might not be such a bad thing, given the issue that immigration has become.
I need to think about this some more. That and buy some mason jars. Keeping fruits for the winter might involve getting out that copy of the Joy Of Cooking from 1972 that we got from Mrs. Geek's mom and doing some canning. Anyone remember canning? Yeah, that's what you did to have fruits and veggies during the winter when they weren't flown in from South America.
on 2007-01-17 at 8:41 p.m.
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