Green Strategist

Well, you must think that no one has been home, since it has been a long time since I last posted anything on the Gracious Goodies Blog. But nothing could be farther from the truth. And the truth is that I work out of my home like a lot of people do, in their virtual office. I still do attempt to get ready for work in the morning like I have done for the last 25 years except now corporate America has to email or call. So here I am, on Monday morning of this week, having finished my diet cookie and cup of coffee. I begin my day always by opening my morning emails and there are numerous ones to choose from so I have learned to prioritize very well. I am surprised that people want to tell me about the best way to do SEO when I am in that business. Or that I need to purchase this or that software application or that new computer hardware or take a trip right away with my frequent flyer miles and so on and so forth. But one email did sort of stand out from the rest this past Monday. The email was from a man who I will call Fred. In the opening line of his email letter, he wanted to know whether I was toxic. Okay, the guy can write, he got my attention, good activating, attention getting opening statement. Not written as a headline mind you, but nonetheless it did pull me in. I did want to read more. As I read, he explained that our world is not green in his words. I thought, “You’re kidding me, right?” I live in Florida, things are always growing and dying all of the time around here, and it’s always green, vibrantly green. I mean we are not all colorblind or have a depth perception problem which would explain why some people do not play tennis for example.  So I knew that I really wasn’t understanding the guy and at that point I stopped reading and got to work on something that I needed to get done that morning. I thought about that guys email today however and the question that he asked while I was out taking a long bike ride, which I enjoy doing a few times per week as of late.  Indeed I probably am toxic. I do not glow or give off any radiation that I know off but seriously, who can even pronounce some of the ingredients in all of the packaged foods at the grocery store, which is a sure sign that you do not really want to buy those. It is wonderful that Edison’s light bulb has been reinvented and now some of these bulbs will last a lifetime, but I for one am not going to go out today and replace all of my light bulbs. Perhaps I will when the ones I have do not work anymore. I understand that the new green light bulbs, need to be recycled when they stop working as they are toxic. I do not drive a car that burns diesel fuel or runs on a battery, perhaps I will, when the technologies and designs have been perfected. I really am tired of being a guinea pig for every new invention no matter how much it may improve my life. And there are a lot of things that I would like to redesign that I am tired of looking at, like my toaster. I mean I want to redesign the things that I look at every day like my toaster which has not been used since 1994. Well, let’s just say there are things that were initially poorly designed that some designer could have done a better job of designing taking into consideration that I or someone else would be looking at it for the rest of our lives because the thing never breaks down and is not really disposable and becomes toxic sitting in a refuse dump or at the bottom of the ocean. Why doesn’t someone redesign the toaster?  Probably because everyone is on a diet, is watching carbohydrates and has stopped eating bread. So I am sure that someone out there right now is trying to figure out a way to count the toxins that a sitting toaster emits like there is a way to count calories? I will have to do some more research on the subject I decided as I am sure that there is a lot more to learn. I am sure that there is.  Which leads me to another subject sort of related that I will write about, my father was an inventor and an electrical engineer. He loved taking us places where we could learn, like the steam engine fairs, when my brothers and I were kids. We were always taking summer vacations as a family and I remember one such vacation and going to the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada.  It wasn’t like a State Fair and we didn’t see the world’s largest pig with a blue ribbon, or taste Wisconsin cheese given to us by someone wearing a cheese hat. The World’s Fair in 1967 was the real thing. I will never forget the flags. I didn’t even know there were that many countries in the world at that time. And now in 2010, I am expected to know chemistry and environmental science when going to the grocery store or when purchasing a light bulb. The exhibitions at the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, Canada took four years to build and represented a milestone in the history of the world. There was even a reported terrorist attack back then which I am only just learning about now. I would imagine a World’s Fair exhibition today would include solar panels, wind turbines, electric cars and toxic bionic creatures found deep in the ocean.  My favorite exhibition at the World’s Fair in 1967 was the Aqua Culture Farms of the Future which are now a reality. After what happened in the Gulf thank goodness that we still have tilapia.


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