Happy Earth Day, a day designed to make us all feel guilty about the things we can't or aren't willing to do anything about.
I'm a major offender, I admit. I don't drive a big gas-guzzling car, but I do live alone, I travel a lot, and I often drive my car instead of taking public transportation, in order to bring my dog along.
I've made small changes, such as energy-saver lightbulbs, and was trained from early childhood never to leave a room without turning off the lights, TV, stereo, etc. I only turn on the water during tooth-brushing in order to rinse my toothbrush, and I don't wash dishes until the sink is full (okay, I wouldn't anyway, but let me take credit for the conservation involved).
This website invites me to calculate my carbon footprint, but I'm afraid to do it. My ordinary life provides enough opportunities for guilt and self-loathing, and I'm no longer persuaded of the value or legitimacy of carbon credits.
I could reduce my carbon footprint by getting a roommate, moving to a city, giving up my car, and limiting my travel. I'm sorry, I'm not willing to do any of that. That makes me an ugly American and not the person I want to be. So really, it's a day like any other day...
Five Random Songs
"Please Read the Letter," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. This album (Raising Sand) is so beautiful, and so exactly to my taste that it's one of a handful I've received as gifts from more than one person. I have an extra copy, anybody need one?
"Hairdresser on Fire," Morrissey. I've said it before: Morrissey quite often skates to the edge of self-parody. And once in a while, he plunges right over.
"Candy," El Perro del Mar. I love this sound, which some might dismiss as precious -- it's echoey and jingly -- but I hear both a vibraphone and tympany on this track, and either of those is enough to pull me in.
"Mary, Mary," The Monkees. From the sublime to the ridiculous... but if you can resist the Monkees, I don't know why we're friends.
"Ashokan Farewell," James Galway & Phil Coulter. You know this as the theme music to Ken Burns' TV series "The Civil War." It's lovely, but reminds me that I got a little tired of Ken Burns.