Happy In Bag

Monday, April 14, 2008

Lettering In Littering










Are you old enough to remember when beer cans had pull tabs? If so, you may recall a time when windows were synonymous with trash cans. Along with dog poop and broken glass, pull can tabs were every barefoot kid's nightmare in the early '70s. So much has changed since then. I attended an Earth Day fair a couple days ago and enjoyed interacting with groovy organic farmers and sincere kids dedicated to recycling. But for each positive person there seemed to be a smug, self-satisfied "greenie." They make me want to burn coal.

12 Comments:

  • At 9:48 AM, Blogger Midwest Kitchen said…

    I also attended the Earth Fair and did not have the experience you did. I found a group of people trying to move forward in a positive direction and did not meet anyone that fell into your category of "smugness". I saw a lot of people trying to show what is possible. Is there an example you care to share to be more specific?
    Could your thoughts be a reflection of your own consumption and rejection of change?

     
  • At 10:05 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Um...

     
  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger emawkc said…

    That's funny!

    I agree with you HIB... it reminds me of a fun and relevant anecdote that I might take the time to write up later today.

     
  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger meesha.v said…

    Why do you consume and reject change?Repent! There is still time to patch that small ozone hole above your house!

     
  • At 11:10 AM, Blogger T said…

    Did you pay "mk" or what? I've never seen someone's comedic timing so spot on!!!!

     
  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger leslie said…

    I hear you, Happy. We try to be responsible by consuming less, but I do come across many greenies (I live in Lawrence) who inadverently use green living to assert a class superiority--to lord their education and economic level over the "common people" who just don't know better (ie, being a 2-car family, "but they're hybrids!", that sort of thing).

    And don't get me started on green living as a marketing tool...

     
  • At 12:03 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I'm innocent, T! But I laughed so hard that I'm considering leaving myself similar set ups lines in the future...

    For sure, Leslie.

    My original post fails to point out that I'm very pleased with this new consciousness. And before anyone calls me out on it, I've posted more than my fair share of accusatory, self-satisfied rants.

    No hard feelings, MW.

     
  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger bgo said…

    I am older than dirt so let us get that out of the way.

    When I was a tyke they opened beer cans made of tin with what they callled 'church keys' (why?--i have no time to Google right now).

    And the cocca cola bottles were recycled with a despost paid on them. I would walk door to door to ask for bottles to take to the store for some little change to put in my worn jeans.

    And I did grow up poor.

    I dislike most greenies and if they get in my face a little to harsh I am not going to respond like MLK.

    OBTW--I ride the Metro to work and back except for Mondays when I work late and my wife comes pick me up. I am building supervisor thant night and nobody wants to hang around and car pool out of the way to my home.

    That's just the times we live in.

     
  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger Midwest Kitchen said…

    All I know is this guy gave me a stack of CD's and told me to post to this site....

    "We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects . . . We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land. -- David Foreman, Earth First! "

    "I'm not afraid of insects taking over the world, and you know why? It would take about a billion ants just to AIM a gun at me, let alone fire it. And you know what I'm doing while they're aiming it at me? I just sort of slip off to the side, and then suddenly run up and kick the gun out of their hands."
    Jack Handey

     
  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Donna said…

    Oh yes, I know the type of smug greenie you are talking about. I so agree.

     
  • At 4:30 PM, Blogger Lee said…

    He gave me a stack too! Coal fired power to the people, right on!

    "Patchouli smells like dirt that's been fucked by a hobo."
    Patton Oswalt

     
  • At 2:09 PM, Blogger Chris Williamson said…

    hahaha "every kids nightmare"

     

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