pink and green

I was still living in the fraternity house in 1985, so when Live Aid was broadcast, it was an excuse to throw a party and be shitfaced before the sun went down. And from what I recall, it wasn’t all that exciting to watch on TV. The big gossip/rumor at the time was that the Beatles would make a surprise reunion, with Julian Lennon standing in for his father. I don’t know if there were any rumored reunions for Live Earth, but from the parts I saw on Saturday between housework, errands, the grocery store, and the Red Sox game, it wasn’t all that exciting to watch on TV either.

Akon did his best plumber buttcrack impersonation; Fall Out Boy was kinda flat and ripe; Lenny Kravitz, sadly, looks like he’s gained more weight than I have since I quit smoking; Enrique Iglesius *is* smoking hot; I’ve had more than enough of the Police reunion already, thank you; and I’ve must listen to more Linkin Park. And finally, I managed to watch most of Roger Waters’ performance. I’m a big Pink Floyd fan, and I think Waters (right) had one of the best sets of the event. And in a bit of serendipity, I was listening to Waters’ The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking on the way home from work, and thought it amusing and odd that I saw at least 6 people with Dark Side of the Moon T-shirts on during the commute. It wasn’t until I was on the train and leafing through the Boston Now that I discovered Waters is playing at the Boston Garden this evening. I should follow concert schedules more closely — that is a show I would like to see. (He reportedly plays Dark Side of the Moon in it’s entirety for the second half of his show.)

While watching the concert, I also checked out the Live Earth web site and took one of those “how green are you?” quizzes. I was surprised to get rated “worse than average.” I know that having a gas-guzzling full size 4WD pickup gets me no bonus points, but the thing is over 4 years old and has less than 20,000 miles on it, so I’m way below average on miles driven. I use public transportation for 98% of my commute. I think it was the amount of air travel that knocked my score low, and I only do leisure flying, and that’s a not usually more than 6 round trips a year. And certainly, the annual heating bill didn’t help. We heat a huge house, in New England, that also uses the heating system for on-demand hot water. Our local heating fuel company loves us, to say the least.

I’m still giving myself a “greener than average” score, since the quiz didn’t take into account recycling and other small individual conservation measures. I think those add up as well, and I’ve been recycling as long as I can remember — long before curbside recycling was common. I used to haul away all my recyclables: bottles to one place, cans to another place, paper to a farm (they shredded it for bedding, and it was the only option I could find for newspapers, magazines, phone books, etc.). And for many years we’ve been taking canvas bags to the supermarket to carry our groceries home. And when we don’t take the canvas bags, it’s because we need plastic bags for cat litter or papers bags for bagging our paper and junk mail for recycling.

And given my long-held thoughts about junk mail, I think I’ve found a new cause for Al Gore (if he’s not going to run for president): how about greening up the U.S. Postal system. He could save a helluva lot of forests.