|So, it didn't kill me, but I don't think I'm any stronger for it...
||[Apr. 22nd, 2008|08:09 am]
I keep saying "I have never been so cold and so wet for so long" and Mother Nature seems to be taking that as a challenge. |
So I WON'T say that this last Sunday I broke a new record for being more wet, cold and miserable, and for longer, than I ever have before, because MN I'm sure has more tricks She can pull out of her weather bag and I'm pretty sure I've had more than my fair share.
But still, it's been over 24 hours and I think I can say that I escaped without catching pneumonia, which is all that I can ask. Astounded, as always that I'm not the only person who will work on the faire site in PISSING down rain. You can call ME an idiot, but the others...thank the stars for them, because we're at the point now where there's no way we'll get everything done, even if the weather is perfect and we suffer no setbacks from here on in, so every bit of effort counts and is appreciated.
Truthfully, if we had to open in two weeks, we could. I'm glad we don't have to. The cast is ready. They may not think they are, but they could wing it. We've added a lot more shade, got a wee bit more to go and have some more improvements we'd like to do.
It's time we shut this crap down. Look, you're writing a check so that you can do what you were going to do anyway and not feel guilty about it. Change your behavior instead, okay? Do you really need to fly to that meeting? Can it be someplace, perhaps less exciting, but more efficient in terms of getting all of the parties involved to a given place? Don't use writing a check as an excuse to waste resources. Sometimes it's necessary -- the important thing is to start thinking about what's necessary and what's not. That, in the long run, will save the environment more than throwing money at groups that may or may not be actually using the money to maybe, possibly do something for the environment, but odds are, especially after paying a cut to all of the people who touch and "administrate" your funds, not enough to overcome whatever it is that you're seeking an indulgence* for.
If you've evaluated your travel or other carbon-emission and determined that yeah, in order to do what you need to do, you've got to get on that jet -- then "pay" your way out of the guilt by making a real difference: convince your local community that it needs to open a municipal composting facility for food waste and help fund it. Buy compost bins for every person in your town. Create a credit for people who buy bagless, self-mulching lawnmowers. So something that's boring, maybe a little harder, but ultimately more useful than paying off someone to make yourself feel less guilty.
There, off my earth day soapbox.
*(I refer to the "bad old indulgences" when things were out of hand. And while I'm still supporting the idea, the reforms and clarification by Pope Paul VI make more sense and is NOT what I'm comparing carbon offsets to here.)