January 25, 2012
I received a message from Jerry at http://overthetopcargotrailer.blogspot.com
about the song I’ve Been Everywhere.
He sent me to a web page where there are parodies and take-offs on that song by different artists. I listened to a slew of them. They were pretty cool. Click on the links to hear some I got a kick out of.
The first is I’ve Been Everywhere , Texas.
This link is: I’ve Been Everywhere, Austrailia
Now we have a Johnny Cash parody:
The next one is: I’ve Been Everywhere, Minnesota. I think. It has some clever, corny stuff like I ate corn dogs at the fair, man, …in my underwear, man.
After I identified five to put into this blog , swish, the sneaky electronic Genie has tossed one of them into cyberspace, so I’m hoping that the four I have left are identified correctly.
When I mentioned the song two days ago, I was talking about my partner, Jim. And, just to give you an idea of why it fits, he has crossed the United States 6 times in his Motor Home. He has been in every state of the union. Plus, he took his rig 17,000 miles across Mexico, through every country in Central America and to the Panama Canal and beyond, (until the road stopped.) Then, of course, he returned those same, many miles back to the States. He’s traveled all over Canada as well. (South America is still on the agenda.)
Yesterday was a pick up and move, empty tanks, fill up with water, get gas and propane, find the recycle place, shop for groceries…that kind of day. We bought two sets of sheets and replaced the butter-soft thin ones we had. I spotted a Burlington Coat Outlet and got a white jacket to replace my warn one. We’ve been everywhere, man- in Yuma!
The frig is full and we are parked in a weedy little town at a VFW with a huge membership. The bartender told us they serve around 400 hamburgers on Mondays. Tuesday was women’s dart competition and men’s pool tournament. They are open and busy seven days a week. We had a drink and left early because they allow members to smoke in the bar. Nobody was smoking at the time, but we both came out with our hair and clothing stinking like old cigarette smoke.
The move put us closer to our destination, the Petroglyphs.
December 20, 2011
I celebrate every gift I get. This one is a biggie. I believe Berkeley, CA was the first city to ban plastic bags in grocery stores. San Francisco followed. Coastal North Carolina did the same. Now, Seattle follows Bellingham, WA but their ban does more.
The Seattle City Council passed a broad ban on plastic bags Monday, outlawing them not just in grocery stores, but in department stores, clothing stores, convenience stores, home-improvement stores, food trucks and farmers markets.
The bill goes further than bans in other cities, which have largely banished plastic only groceries and sometimes drug stores. Customers in Seattle will still be able to get paper bags from retailers, but for a 5-cent fee.
Monday’s bill exempts customers on food assistance and other government benefits from the bag fee. The city will also make free or reduced-cost reusable bags available to poor people.
The ordinance applies only to single-use, checkout bags, and not to produce, bulk-ban and dry-cleaning bags. Plastic bags for take-out restaurant food are also still allowed, because they help protect health and safety while transporting hot food and liquid.
I shop with my own bags and my little grocery store, Sierra Hills Market, will reward you with a $25 gift certificate, for using your own shopping bag. People who use their own bags are allowed to mark their name and phone number on a small paper by the checkstand and put it in the draw box. I’ve won the certificate, once. I regularly see about four others using their own bags.
A chain grocer in nearby Angels Camp tried the “recycle” your plastic bags idea. The container was always stuffed full of plastic bags and was emptied regularly in the dumpster. The bags are cheaply made, tear easily, don’t hold much and the only person I ever saw taking recycled bags on their way into the grocery store was-ME. It just doesn’t change habits.
“A study a few years ago “found that the inks and colorants used on some bags contain lead, a toxin. Every year, Americans throw away some 100 billion plastic bags after they’ve been used to transport a prescription home from the drugstore or a quart of milk from the grocery store. It’s equivalent to dumping nearly 12 million barrels of oil.”
So, I celebrate it as a gift to our common environment. I’ve seen pictures of animals entrapped and dying from plastic bags drifting into their environment. And, just a reminder, there is a huge glob of plastic bags the size of the state of Texas in the ocean vortex where water circulates and keeps miles of plastic afloat. Other countries have banned bags in some cities. Mexico City, twelve towns in Australia, Rangoon, Burma, Five major cities in India, London, Rawanda, the whole country is bag free.
It seems to me this is an opportunity for college students across the country to collectively push for plastic bag bans in their communities. Hey, they know how to solve the deficit. Over and again, they have proved to be smarter, and more effective than our do nothing government.