Archive for June, 2008

Marketing Hype is Trash

No kudos to Deer Park Bottled Spring Water for its New Eco-Shape Bottle from us. Deer Park claims that the plastic bottle has “an average of 30% less plastic to be easier on the environment.” Deer Park, I picked up your plastic bottle from the side of the road where it would eventually wash into the river which would empty into the ocean which would propel it to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

No plastic is eco-safe. Not even recycled plastic, but at least, it’s not swimming in the Pacific Ocean.

Buy a reusable water bottle. We can all make a difference.

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Left Behind

At the bus stop this morning, there were two paperback books left behind. Just as a few weeks ago, someone left two children’s books there.

At least, these books found a home. Another bus rider took the High Adventure novel. By the time I returned home, the Clancy novel was gone.

Although I don’t recommend leaving stuff and hoping that someone will take it, I’m glad that someone got the books. Leaving books on top of the newspaper rack is littering.

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What We Leave Behind

I finished reading Fahrenheit 451 yesterday. Toward the end of the book, one of the characters quotes from his grandfather:

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies…. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched someway so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.

Why did I think of that statement when I saw this Mountain Dew plastic bottle “planted” in the dirt at a construction site? Is this how the next generation will remember us? The huge pile of plastic floating in the ocean?

I still have flowers that return each year that my mother gave me. A few years before she died, she gave me a plant called a magic lily, or a surprise lily. The summer after she died, it bloomed for the first time. That’s where I see her soul: in flowers or when I eat a homegrown tomato.

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Fahrenheit 451

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get books from the public library, rather than buy them, which has been my custom for years. My husband and I love books, but I realize that books generate paper and waste. I’m trying to become a minimalist.

I’ve been getting books from the Bellevue branch of the Metro Nashville Public Library since January. This library, which is destined to be replaced soon, is the most lifeless place I’ve ever visited. The libraries of my childhood and my college years were inviting places, where I used to linger for hours. I’m the same in book stores, where books are alive. Before it moved to the pretentious Mall at Green Hills, I could almost live at Davis Kidd bookstore.

With the Bellevue branch of the Public Library, I’ve learned to reserve a book on line, go in when it’s ready and check out without attempting to speak to any one or spend time searching the stacks. None of the librarians or workers are very friendly. One insulted me when I signed up for my library card by stating, “You’re older than I am.” Usually the librarians’ noses are pointed downward and don’t acknowledge human life.

I’m used to the old days of a librarian stating, “Oh, you’re checking out Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Have you read blah-blah-blah or blah-blah-blah? You’d like those books, too.”

Anyway, I’d never read Fahrenheit 451. I’d heard of it; didn’t realize that Bradbury wrote it; didn’t know what it was about: a society where books have been banned. It’s like having HDTVs on every wall showing reality television shows 24/7. I’m half-way through the book. I don’t know why I never read it before now, but it has become one of my most important books.

It’s my worst nightmare – a society without books. I love the internet, HDTV and YouTube, but before I turn in every night, I prop my feet up on the ottoman and escape to a book. It’s alive, not like the Bellevue branch of the Public Library.

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Don't Lose a Shoe

Tonight, I saw some dried mud at a construction site and decided to walk on top of it around the huge cracks in the dirt. Unfortunately, below the surface, the mud was the perfect consistency to suck me in up to my knees. Luckily, I pulled myself out along with my Teva sandals and Thor-lo socks. The clothes are now in the wash. No way would I toss a good pair of shoes and socks. But apparently, some other lady lost her shoe at the SunTrust ATM, which I had visited earlier in the evening:

The entire parking lot of the SunTrust on Charlotte Avenue was filthy. Please clean it up.

Once, I didn’t have a camera to photograph my very muddy legs and feet.

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Don’t Lose a Shoe

Tonight, I saw some dried mud at a construction site and decided to walk on top of it around the huge cracks in the dirt. Unfortunately, below the surface, the mud was the perfect consistency to suck me in up to my knees. Luckily, I pulled myself out along with my Teva sandals and Thor-lo socks. The clothes are now in the wash. No way would I toss a good pair of shoes and socks. But apparently, some other lady lost her shoe at the SunTrust ATM, which I had visited earlier in the evening:

The entire parking lot of the SunTrust on Charlotte Avenue was filthy. Please clean it up.

Once, I didn’t have a camera to photograph my very muddy legs and feet.

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How to Decrease Air Conditioner Efficiency

Back when I was showing all the fast food trash on Newsom Station Road, a reader accused me of staging the photographs because everything was so new looking. She said that “you ate it, threw it down and shot it.”

I’ve never staged any photo of found litter, including this one. I just happened to be walking through Riverwalk Subdivision, when this caught my eye. A newspaper flyer had floated by someone’s air conditioning system and was sucked into it.

I carry my digital camera almost everywhere. This is the consequence of working for a man who is a social media innovator.

One day I may see Yeti tossing a Bud Light can from a pick up truck. Or better yet, maybe Yeti will be photographed picking up litter along the road.

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