I love the fact
that Earth Island Institute used a USA GO GREEN forever stamp to
send me something...
That penny was mashed and given me by
this woman at a hand cranked machine in Golden Gate
Park during Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB). She was
explaining to people one at a time why Warren Hellman
was sponsoring the event. It went something like
"Wells Fargo was just about going out of business.
Warren Hellman's grandfather set up a table outside
the bank and gave people gold coins if they would take
them into the bank and deposit them in new accounts.
It saved the bank." I put my favorite moment of Hardly
Strictly Bluegrass on facebook as:
> At Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Steve Earle was
introduced as 'Warren Hellman's Secretary of
> In case you're wondering, he did sing "The
Revolution Starts Now." One time during singing it I
> swear he sang "the revolution starts here." That
was just the icing on a great day of music.
Since then I've remembered that maybe Steve Earle was
introduced as "Warren Hellman's Secretary of
Defiance." For sure, before he sang the song he said
something like "the whole country is looking to San
Francisco to change things. In the '60s the
electrifying force was a series of events that
happened in this park at this time of year, just like
this moment we are sharing now." I came away from the
event liking what I'd heard.
That slogan was printed on the bag they
gave me as I left the registration table for the
Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce festive fall
mixer type event at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
That coin was the only quarter in my pocket when I got home.
The art could have been any of the many different
images they have nowadays. The other object is a small
piece of the thing I got from one of the tables. It
reminds me of the guy that told me "the most efficient
watering is hand watering by people that don't want to
put any more time into it then they have to." I live
that by bringing my tomatoes a large cup of water when
they need it. Anyhow, it was a loud and interesting
event. I came home well fed and slightly drunk.
remember reading in a book about Indiana history that "the
american dream is a shared national vision that makes practical
sense at the local level." I thought about that for years before
I figured out that calling the American Dream "a car in every
garage and a chicken in every pot" was nothing but pandering to
the car, building, and poultry industries. Obviously for George
Carlin the "AMERICAN DREAM" (as they put it above) involved
getting folding green applause for pulling the rug out from
under people's preconceptions. I don't know what the american
dream looks like to you, but I really hope that whatever it is,
the carbon footprint is small. I've noticed that sustainable
answers are usually the most energy efficient ones.
was surprised to find out that the Lucky on El Camino near
Americana sells 14 oz. bags of ground cumin from India for about
what Safeway sells these 2 oz. jars of the stuff. The Safeway
jar is unlabeled as to country of origin, which almost certainly
means it was domestic. That coin was a one year old green
festival token that I never got around to cashing in when I took
the picture. I had it in my pocket for the next green festival,
but they stopped using that system so I still have it.
I put this picture here in honor of
the guy at critical mass in San Francisco that said his favorite
State quarter is "the one with John Glen on it."